For the first double-digit Song of the day, we’re talking about Dropkick Murphys. Dropkick Murphys is an American band under the genre’s Rock, Irish Rock, and Celtic Punk. They come from South Boston, Massachusetts. The members came from an Irish-catholic workers neighborhood. They began in 1995 in the cellar of a barbershop form a friend. This is where they began experimenting with mixing Punk, Irish Folk, Rock, and Hardcore to a unique style of music. Their music is inspired by bands like Stiff Little Fingers, The Pogues, AC/DC, The Clash, The Misfits, and Motörload. The group name is a reference to a local detoxification center.
I’m a sailor peg and I’ve lost my leg. Climbing up the topsails, I lost my leg! So, I’m shipping up to Boston to find my wooden leg!
This is Dropkick Murphys’ take on a folk song written by Woody Guthrie. Guthrie was a very prolific writer, and many of his songs were never recorded. The Woody Guthrie Archives has lyrics to thousands of his songs that are sometimes dusted off and recorded by modern artists. The song is about a sailor who loses his leg in a bizarre rigging accident, and now he’s shipping off to Boston to find his wooden leg. Said Matt (Drums) Kelly: “We were bestowed the honor by his daughter of being able to go through his lyrical archives and pick out a song or two of unpublished lyrics that we thought would be kind of cool. I mean, we had no business even being able to look at those lyrics – there have been some big names that have been after those lyrics for decades”.