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
Released 2006
Format CD
Length 2:33
Label Hellcat
Producer(s) Sean Litchfield
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 by American Celtic punk band Dropkick Murphys. It was released as the second single from their fifth studio album, The Warrior's Code, in 2006. An earlier recording of it can be found on the Hellcat Records compilation Give 'Em the Boot: Vol. 4. The song gained world-wide attention along with boosting the band's popularity for its use in the 2006 Academy Award-winning Best Picture, The Departed and the soundtrack for the film. The song has been used several times in sports and in media.

The single is the band's most successful to date and was certified platinum by the RIAA. It reached #1 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart and sold over 1,044,000 digital copies without ever entering the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Political appearances[edit]


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:[1]

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!


In 2015, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker used the song during political events.[2] In response, the official Dropkick Murphy's Twitter account posted a tweet declaring that the band "literally hate[d]" Governor Walker and asking him to "stop using [their] music in any way".[3]

Track listing[edit]

CD single[4]
No. Title Length
1. "I'm Shipping Up to Boston"   2:33

Charts and certifications[edit]


  1. ^ Murphies, Dropkick. "Dropkick Murphies on Facebook". Facebook. Retrieved 15 May 2012. 
  2. ^ Barsanti, Sam. "Dropkick Murphys "literally hate" Wisconsin governor Scott Walker, want him to stop using their music". AV Club. Retrieved 25 January 2015. 
  3. ^ "Dropkick Murphys Twitter". Twitter. 24 January 2015. Retrieved 25 January 2015. 
  4. ^ "Dropkick Murphys – I'm Shipping Up to Boston". Discogs. Retrieved February 7, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Dropkick Murphys – Chart history" Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 for Dropkick Murphys. Retrieved February 7, 2016.
  6. ^ "Dropkick Murphys – Chart history" Billboard Digital Songs for Dropkick Murphys. Retrieved February 7, 2016.
  7. ^ "Lescharts.com – Dropkick Murphys – I'm Shipping Up to Boston" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved February 7, 2016.
  8. ^ "Discography Dropkick Murphys". irish-charts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved February 7, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Dropkick Murphys – I'm Shipping Up to Boston". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved February 7, 2016.
  10. ^ "American single certifications – Dropkick Murphys – I'm Shipping Up to Boston". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH

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