The Warrior’s Code

There are a couple of songs that you know what they are within the first couple of notes:

  • “Wannabe” – Spice Girls
  • “Mambo No. 5” – Lou Bega
  • “Eye Of The Tiger” – Survivor
  • “Beat It” – Michael Jackson
  • “Baby One More Time” – Britney Spears

…and the list goes on…

Sometime in 2005, The Dropkick Murphys dropped The Warrior’s Code on the public with little to no fanfare. It was your standard Celtic Punk from a band out of almost-Boston (Quincy to be precise). Sounded much like the other albums they put out in the past…proud of their Irish heritage and ready to throw down for a friend in need.

“I’m Shipping Up To Boston” started to get some airplay on the rock station, WAAF. A re-imagining of some Woody Guthrie lyrics, it was loud, raucous, and suited the city well. People of Boston are a proud people and proud to say they are from Boston. Put “Boston” in the title of your song and you are almost guaranteed a couple of spins from the novelty factor alone. However, it was the Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon that put it into heavy rotation.

The Red Sox were making their yearly run for the pennant and the entire city would get behind the team. Especially when Papelbon would take the mound…his entrance music changed to “I’m Shipping Up To Boston”…when the crowd heard those first couple of notes the stadium would erupt. Whatever conversations happening in the bars would stop and the game seemed to be the only thing happening in Boston that night.

Sad though, there was so much hope for the team that year after coming off a World Series win. The Red Sox lost the AL Division Series to the White Sox that year…

Your Spirits Alive2:21
The Warrior's Code2:30
Captain Kelly's Kitchen2:49
The Walking Dead2:07
Sunshine Highway3:22
Wicked Sensitive Crew2:59
The Burden2:56
Citizen C.I.A.1:28
The Green Fields Of France4:46
Take It And Run2:44
I'm Shipping Up To Boston2:34
The Auld Triangle2:41
The Last Letter Home3:32