Day 19: Dropkick Murphys – The Warrior’s Code
- “Your Spirit’s Alive” – 2:21
- “The Warrior’s Code” – 2:30
- “Captain Kelly’s Kitchen” (“Courtin’ in the Kitchen” traditional) – 2:48
- “The Walking Dead” – 2:07
- “Sunshine Highway” – 3:22
- “Wicked Sensitive Crew” – 2:59
- “The Burden” – 2:55
- “Citizen C.I.A.” – 1:28
- “The Green Fields of France” – 4:46
- “Take It and Run” – 2:44
- “I’m Shipping Up to Boston” – 2:34
- “The Auld Triangle” – 2:41
- “Last Letter Home” – 3:32
- “Tessie” (Bonus track) – 4:15
About the Album
The Warrior’s Code is the fifth studio album from Irish-American Celtic punk rock band, the Dropkick Murphys. The album was released in 2005 to commercial success. Of note, it is the band’s last album to be released on Hellcat Records. Four singles were spawned by The Warrior’s Code: “Sunshine Highway,” “The Warrior’s Code,” “I’m Shipping Up To Boston,” and “Tessie”.
About the Tracklist
Let’s start with the singles released. “I’m Shipping Up to Boston” sounds a lot like a sailing song [which it is] in which features the most unforgettable accordion and banjo riff. The lyrics are also quite humorous as well. If you have ever seen the Martin Scorsese film, The Departed, then you will without a doubt recognize this song off the bat.
Another single, “Sunshine Highway”, is one of the the most catchy, rock and roll tunes that one will ever hear. Definitely loved the catchy “pop song” type chorus. Combine that with great instrumentation on this one and you get a more radio-friendly DKM. While it may appear as too much of a pop song, it also features some of the Murphys’ best intrumental work.
“The Warrior’s Code,” another single and the titled track is an upbeat track that is pure and intense DKM rocker about the story of boxer Mickey Ward (whose picture is on the cover).
Finally we arrive at “Tessie,” the last single released from The Warrior’s Code. It is an ode to the Red Sox becoming World Champions for the first time in 86 years. It has become a classic DKM staple. With “Tessie” being the last song on the album, is a radically revamped version of an old Broadway standard, “Tessie”.
As for the rest of The Warrior’s Code…
the introduction to “Your Spirit’s Alive” is deceiving and misleading featuring a piano and bagpipe line at such a low dynamic that when the thunderous guitars come rolling in, it knocks you on your ass.
The songs on The Warrior’s Code, feature some crafty humor. For example, “Wicked Sensitive Crew” is purely comic relief. When you hear the line “I ain’t ashamed I cried when Mickey died in Rocky II!” It is pure tongue in cheek fun.
The Murphys’ also struck gold when they developed a thunderous song out of a Brendan Behan poem, “The Auld Triangle”. It is similar to “Your Spirit’s Alive” in which it utilizes a misleading piano and Irish flute intro and comes crashing in with heavily distorted guitars. The lyrics and bagpipes on this one are absolutely brilliant.
“The Green Fields of France” is a lyrical masterpiece in my opinion. Combine tearjerking lyrics and piano-laden backing music and beautiful Irish flute leads and you have a beautiful and brilliant masterpiece.
Thoughts on the album
The Warrior’s Code, is one of the band’s best works. It demonstrates their deft ability to be both sentimental and aggressive. The Warrior’s Code may be an indication that a Celtic-punk classic is not impossible to expect from the Dropkick Murphys. While not quite as good as their previous releases, I still loved it.
A damn good album. From second one in “Your Spirit’s Alive” to the final seconds of “Tessie” the album changes dynamics from sentimental and aggressive. Ultimately DKM find a way to deliver at an astronomical level once again, and settle a bit into a comfort zone.