Tessie (4:14)

Cover of The Warrior’s Code

From The Warrior’s Code and 5 other releases

“Tessie” is both the Red Sox Anthem and also the title of a newer song by the Dropkick Murphys. The original “Tessie” was from the 1902 Broadway musical The Silver Slipper. The newer song, written in 2004, recounts how the singing of the original “Tessie” by the Royal Rooters fan club helped the Boston Americans win the first World Series in 1903.

In 2004, the Boston-area celtic punk group Dropkick Murphys recorded a cover of “Tessie,” released on an EP of the same name. The Murphys said it was their intent to “bring back the spirit of the Rooters and to put the Red Sox back on top.” The goal of the Murphys was realized when later that year the Boston Red Sox won their first World Series in 86 years. The song is also featured as the bonus track on their June, 2005 release, “The Warrior’s Code” with a lead-in from the WEEI broadcast of the final play in the 2004 World Series: “Swing and a ground ball, stabbed by Foulke. He has it. He underhands to first. And the Boston Red Sox are the World Champions. For the first time in 86 years, the Red Sox have won baseball’s world championship. Can you believe it?” -Joe Castiglione

The second “Tessie” — which featured backing vocals from Red Sox players Johnny Damon, Bronson Arroyo, and Lenny DiNardo, Red Sox Vice President of Public Affairs Dr.


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