I'm Shipping Up to Boston
|"I'm Shipping Up to Boston"|
|Song by Dropkick Murphys from the album The Warrior's Code|
|Writer||Lyrics: Woody Guthrie
Music: Dropkick Murphys
"I'm Shipping Up to Boston" is a song with lyrics written by the folk singer Woody Guthrie and music written and performed by the Celtic punk band Dropkick Murphys. It appeared on their 2005 album, The Warrior's Code. An earlier recording of it can be found on the Hellcat Records compilation Give 'Em the Boot: Vol. 4.
The song's simple lyrics describe a sailor who had lost a leg climbing the topsail, and is shipping up to Boston to "find my wooden leg." The song has so far sold 1,044,000 digital copies without ever charting on the Hot 100.
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.
A small Facebook meme grew up after Wisconsin State Representative and Speaker of the Wisconsin State Assembly Jeff Fitzgerald reportedly used the song during the 2012 Wisconsin Republican Convention in Green Bay. This usage prompted the band to release the following statement on Facebook:
We just got word that Wisconsin State Rep and Speaker of the State Assembly Jeff Fitzgerald used "Shipping Up To Boston" as his walk-on song yesterday at the Wisconsin GOP Convention in Green Bay.
The stupidity and irony of this is laughable. A Wisconsin Republican U.S. Senate candidate - and crony of anti-Union Governor Scott Walker - using a Dropkick Murphys song as an intro is like a white supremacist coming out to gangsta rap!
Fitzgerald: if you and your staff can't even figure out your music you might wanna give up on the politics!!!!!
We stand beside our Union and Labor brothers and sisters and their families in Wisconsin and all over the U.S!
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In entertainment 
- The song appears on the soundtrack of the Academy Award-winning Best Picture The Departed.
- It also appears in The Simpsons episode "The Debarted", which was based on The Departed.
- Portions of the song have been used in the opening sequence and pilot episode of the show The Black Donnellys.
- It has appeared in an episode of King of the Hill entitled "Dia-BILL-ic Shock".
- The instrumental part of the song was used in episode six of Luck
- A portion of the song is used for the final encore of New Kids on the Block: Live tour.
- The song is in the opening sequence for the documentary Lobster Wars on the Discovery Channel.
- The song is used in the soundtrack of a 2007 episode of Top Gear.
- The song is featured in the video game NHL 11 and as downloadable content for the music video games Guitar Hero World Tour and Rock Band.
- A soundalike version written by James S. Levine is used as the theme for the TV series Rizzoli & Isles.
- The song is also the entrance theme for UFC fighter Forrest Griffin.
- It was the entrance music for pitcher Jonathan Papelbon during his time with the Boston Red Sox.
- The song is featured in TV spots for Brave, a film set in medieval Scotland.
- Irish Darts Player Brendan Dolan uses this song for his walk-on.
- The melody of the song was also heard in a similar way in song "Capuchino" from 2013 Bollywood rom-com I, Me Aur Main.
- Used in promotional advertisement for the Australian Football League (AFL)
- In Shameless last episode of sixth season at Mandy's funeral
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- Murphies, Dropkick. "Dropkick Murphies on Facebook". Facebook. Retrieved 15 May 2012.
- Bereznak Alyssa (March 5, 2012). "Luck Season One, Episode Six Recap: “I Didn’t Figure You for a Jazz Fan”". Vanity Fair. Retrieved April 04, 2012.
- "ACE Title Search". ASCAP. Retrieved May 28, 2012.
- Dropkick Murphys Official Site
- Dropkick Murphys – Warrior's Code
- Full lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics