#60 – I’m Shipping Up to Boston


Artist – Dropkick Murphys
Album – The Warrior’s Code
Year – 2005
Genre – Celtic Punk

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day to all those who are, or are pretending to be Irish today! I had to do SOMETHING Irish related today, and what better song than one that helped bring Celtic punk to the mainstream. The Dropkick Murphys and Flogging Molly are America’s two mainstream heavy hitters in this genre, so a track from one of them seemed natural. One quick fun fact, Woodie Guthrie actually wrote the lyrics in this song!

As soon as you hear those deep strings from the get go, you know it’s about to go down. The opening banjo and accordion riff makes me want to do a jig, while the guitar just makes me want to break things. It’s like getting in a drunken barfight, only in a safer, musical version! Singer Ken Casey just rips throughout the whole song, I would evaluate more on the vocals in this song, only it’s mostly yelling with some singing and gang vocals in the chorus. In any case, the vocals are powerful and punchy. It really makes you want to scream along!

The instruments are powerful as well, and what the song lacks in variety and texture, it make up for in sheer fun and wild tenacity. It’s a song that does exactly what you probably do when you hear it. It rocks out and straight up has a party, complete with beer drinking, hell raising, and good times galore. The lyrics are whimsical and fun (I mean we’re all looking for our wooden leg, right?)

This is the perfect Saint Patrick’s Day song for your playlist. It rocks out with that Celtic flair that sets these kinds of groups apart, and it’s perfect to go crazy to. However, I hope you all have a happy, safe Saint Patrick’s Day today!

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