Year 4, Day 32: Dropkick Murphys – Tessie (EP)

Year 4, Day 32: Dropkick Murphy’s – Tessie (EP)

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Track List

  1. Tessie (Radio Version)
  2. Fields of Athenry
  3. Nutrocker
  4. The Burden (Live on WBCN)
  5. Tessie (Old-Timey Baseball Version)

About the Album

Tessie is an Extended Play or EP from Boston based Celtic Punk/Celtic Rockers, Dropkick Murphys. It is a five track EP that was released on August 24th 2004 through Hellcat Records.

Thoughts on the Album

Oh hey there! Happy Saint Patrick’s Day to you! For this year’s Saint Patrick’s Day musical treat, I give you the Dropkick Murphy‘s five track EP, Tessie. The song Tessie in 2004 became the anthem of the Boston Red Sox, a professional baseball team in Major League Baseball.

For those that don’t know, Tessie was originally a Broadway tune from the show, The Silver Slipper way back in 1902. The tune gained more notoriety when it was used as a rallying cry by the Royal Rooters, a fan club for the Boston Americans (Red Sox) led by M.T. “Nuf Ced” McGreevey, during the 1903 World Series. Here is the chorus to the original Tessie:

Tessie, you make me feel so badly.

Why don’t you turn around?

Tessie, you know I love you madly.

Babe, my heart weighs about a pound.

Don’t blame me if I ever doubt you,

You know I wouldn’t live without you.

Tessie, you are the only, only, only.

And the chorus to the Dropkick Murphys track:

Tessie, Nuf Ced McGreevey shouted,

We’re not here to mess around,

Boston you know we love you madly,

Hear the crowd roar to your sound,

Don’t blame us if we ever doubt you,

You know we couldn’t live without you,

Tessie, you are the only only only

The band gave the song a Celtic punk rock style. Bagpipes, tin whistles, punk guitar riffs, and move. The version on here even contains gang vocals from then current Red Sox players Lenny Dinardo, Johnny Damon, and Bronson Arroyo among others. The song itself tells the story of the Royal Rooters singing the song. The second version of Tessie found on this EP as the final track is essentially an unplugged version only with an old-timey organ that could be found at a baseball stadium.

The EP’s second track, The Fields of Athenry, was originally an Irish folk ballad set during the Great Irish Famine. The track is an uptempo Celtic rocker with such amazing energy and drive to it.  The Fields of Athenry is followed up by the scorching instrumental, Nutrocker, or otherwise known as Nutty.

Conclusion

Take an old Broadway show tune, infuse it with street punk manners, Celtic rock styling, and add in some baseball for good measure. Then shake, that’s what you get with this five track EP from Boston natives, Dropkick Murphys.

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