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I'm Shipping Up to Boston

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Sean O'Loughlin

Arranged by Sean O'Loughlin

Subtitle: Recorded by Dropkick Murphys

General Info

Year: 2004 / 2012
Duration: c. 2:45
Difficulty: III+ (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Song
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $60.00; (digital) - $60.00   |   Score Only (print) - $5.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bells
  • Drum Set
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Recorded by the Dropkick Murphys, this Irish jig with a rock and roll edge has become a popular anthem for professional sports teams not only in Boston (naturally), but also in stadiums and arenas across the country. Fire up your audiences with this rousing crowd thriller!

Words and music by Alexander Barr, Ken Casey, Woody Guthrie and Matthew Kelly.

- Program Note from publisher

I'm Shipping Up to Boston is a song by the Celtic punk band Dropkick Murphys, with lyrics written by folk singer Woody Guthrie. The original version of the song was released in 2004 on Give 'Em the Boot IV and was re-recorded for their certified gold selling 2005 album, The Warrior's Code. The song gained worldwide attention for its use in The Departed, which boosted the band's popularity.

The song's lyrics describe a sailor who 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 while looking through Woody Guthrie's archives. The Dropkick Murphys put music to the lyrics.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


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