I'm Shipping Up to Boston

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"I'm Shipping Up to Boston"
Single by Dropkick Murphys
from the album The Warrior's Code
GenreCeltic punk
Songwriter(s)Woody Guthrie (lyrics)
Dropkick Murphys (A. Barr, K. Casey, M. Kelly, J. Lynch & M. Orrell) (music)
Producer(s)David Bianco
Dropkick Murphys singles chronology
"The Warrior's Code"
"I'm Shipping Up to Boston"
"The State of Massachusetts"

"I'm Shipping Up to Boston" is a song with lyrics written by the folk singer Woody Guthrie, music written by A. Barr, K. Casey, M. Kelly, J. Lynch and M. Orrell and performed by the Celtic punk band Dropkick Murphys.

The original version of the song was released in 2004 on Give 'Em the Boot IV and would be re-recorded for their certified gold selling 2005 album, The Warrior's Code. The song gained worldwide attention for its use in the 2006 Academy Award-winning Best Picture, The Departed and the soundtrack for the film. This boosted the band's popularity.

The song's simple lyrics describe a sailor who had lost a prosthetic leg climbing the topsail, and is shipping up to Boston to "find my wooden leg." These were taken from a fragment of paper that Ken Casey found whilst looking through Woody Guthrie's archives.[1] The Dropkick Murphys put music to the lyrics as they also did with the song "Gonna Be A Blackout Tonight" from the 2003 album Blackout.

The single is the band's most successful to date and was certified double platinum. It reached No. 1 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart and sold over 1,044,000 digital copies without ever entering the Hot 100 chart.[2]

The video features the Dropkick Murphys performing the song on the waterfront in East Boston. The band is also seen "hanging out" with hooligans while being chased by Boston police officers. The "hanging out" parts were later replaced with footage from The Departed for a second video tying in to the movie.


Chart (2007) Peak
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 (Billboard) 1
Chart (2012) Peak
Ireland (IRMA) 54

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For sports teams around Boston it is used as a de facto anthem for the city.


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  2. ^ "Week Ending March 21, 2010: Pastor Sapp's Chart Miracle – Chart Watch". Yahoo!. Archived from the original on 23 September 2010. Retrieved 1 June 2010.
  3. ^ https://www.altpress.com/features/9_dropkick_murphys_songs_that_arent_im_shipping_up_to_boston/
  4. ^ https://www.guitarworld.com/news/acoustic-nation-dropkick-murphys-im-shipping-up-to-boston-acoustic-video-finds
  5. ^ "ACE Title Search". ASCAP. Retrieved May 28, 2012.
  6. ^ Bereznak Alyssa (March 5, 2012). "Luck Season One, Episode Six Recap: 'I Didn't Figure You for a Jazz Fan'". Vanity Fair. Retrieved April 4, 2012.

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