Tessie

Dropkick Murphys

About Tessie

"Tessie" is both the longtime anthem of the Boston Red Sox and a 2004 song by the punk rock group 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. The name Tessie itself is a diminutive form used with several names, including Esther, Tess, and Theresa/Teresa.  


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2005
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Tessie is the Royal Rooters rally cry
Tessie is the tune they always sung
Tessie echoed April through October nights
After serenading Stahl, Dineen and Young
Tessie is a maiden with the sparkling eyes
Tessie is a maiden with the love
She doesn't know the meaning of her sight
She's got a comment full of love
And sometimes when the game is on the line
Tessie always carried them away
Up the road from Third Base to Huntington
The boys will always sing and sway

Two! Three! Four!

Tessie, Nuff Ced McGreevy 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 Rooters showed up at the Grounds one day
They found their seats had all been sold
McGreevy led the charge into the park
Stormed the gates and put the game on hold
The Rooters gave the other team a dreadful fright
Boston's tenth man could not be wrong
Up from Third Base to Huntington
They sang another victory song

Two! Three! Four!

Tessie, Nuff Ced McGreevy 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 Rooters gave the other team a dreadful fright
Boston's tenth man could not be wrong
Up from Third Base to Huntington
They sang another victory song

Two! Three! Four!

Tessie, Nuff Ced McGreevy 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

Don't blame us if we ever doubt you
You know we couldn't live without you
Boston, you are the only, only, only
Don't blame us if we ever doubt you
You know we couldn't live without you
Red Sox, you are the only, only, only

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Dropkick Murphys

Dropkick Murphys are an American punk rock band formed in Quincy, Massachusetts in 1996. The band was initially signed to independent punk record label Hellcat Records, releasing five albums for the label, and making a name for themselves locally through constant touring and yearly St. Patrick's Day week shows, held in and around Boston. The 2004 single "Tessie" became the band's first and one of their biggest charting singles to date. The band's final Hellcat release, 2005's The Warrior's Code, included "I'm Shipping Up to Boston", which was featured in the Academy Award-winning movie The Departed and went on to become one of the band's biggest singles, one of their best-known songs, and an anthem for Boston sports teams. more »

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Written by: Alexander Barr, James P. Lynch, Kenneth W. Casey, Marc John Orrell, Mathew E. Kelly

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12 facts about this song

Genre
"Tessie" by Dropkick Murphys fits into the genre category of Celtic punk. This fusion genre combines elements of traditional Celtic music with the energy and edge of punk rock.
Release Date
"Tessie" was released on August 20, 2004. It quickly became a popular anthem, particularly in Boston.
New Version
The song is a revamp of an old 1902 tune that was previously the theme song for the Boston Red Sox baseball team.
Album
"Tessie" was part of the EP album of the same name, which features five live tracks in addition to the title song.
Integration in Pop Culture
The song was featured in the soundtrack of the 2005 film "Fever Pitch", a movie centered around the Boston Red Sox.
Helping the Team
The Red Sox had not won a World Series since 1918, but after "Tessie" was released, they won the 2004 World Series. Fans often claim that the song helped to break the so-called "Curse of the Bambino".
Connection with The Royal Rooters
The Royal Rooters, a fan club for the Boston Americans (who later became the Red Sox), used to sing the original "Tessie" to annoy opposing teams. Dropkick Murphys' version gives a nod to this history in the video, with band members wearing Rooters shirts.
Sports Anthem
The song has continued to be a sports anthem, and it's a tradition for the song to be played at the Fenway Park after every Red Sox home win.
Participation of Red Sox Players
Johnny Damon, Bronson Arroyo, and Lenny DiNardo, members of the Boston Red Sox, made guest appearances on the EP version of “Tessie”. They provided backing vocals in the songs.
Recognition
The song reached No. 86 on the US music charts and it's well-recognized in the Dropkick Murphys' repertoire.
Entrance Theme
UFC fighter, Marcus Davis, also known as the "Irish Hand Grenade", used "Tessie" as his entrance theme.
Live Performance
The band first performed the song live at Boston's Fenway Park before a game in 2004, and it has since become synonymous with the band and the city’s baseball culture.

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