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Since 1997 Boston's Dropkick Murphys have put out SIX incredibly successful releases, each bettering the previous in sales. They have amassed hundreds of thousands of fans around the globe from their legendary live performances. And more recently, Dropkick have widened their fanbase further with their rendition of"Tessie,"the Red Sox's rally anthem, spurring their home team on to win the World Series! Now, withThe Warrior's Code, the Dropkicks have reached another milestone in their career, combining their driving punk energy with a newfound sense of majesty and melody to create a collection of anthems for troubled times. Songs like"Sunshine Highway"take their trademark singalong choruses to new heights, while"The Last Letter Home a.k.a. Gates of Falluja"displays a newfound lyrical depth.

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''The Warrior's Code'' is the fifth studio album of the Dropkick Murphys. Released in June 2005, it is also their bestselling. It features a dedication to Lowell's own "Irish" Micky Ward. It is also their final record with Hellcat Records before moving to their own vanity label, Born & Bred Records.

"Your Spirit's Alive" was written for the band's dear friend Greg "Chickenman" Riley, who died in a motorcycle accident in 2004.

"The Warrior's Code" is about boxing legend Micky Ward, who hails from Lowell, Massachusetts.

"Captain Kelly's Kitchen" is another of the band's traditional arrangements.

"Sunshine Highway" was the first single from this album and has surfaced in many places including Royal Caribbean's Sports' Deck.

"The Green Fields of France" is a cover of a song originally performed by Eric Bogle.

The lyrics to "I'm Shipping Up to Boston" come from unpublished Woody Guthrie lyrics, consisting of a short rant by a sailor looking for a wooden leg in Boston. It is similar to "There's Gonna Be a Blackout" from their previous album, Blackout.

"Wicked Sensitive Crew" is a spit at the band's critics who claim that they glorify violence and come across as 'tough guys'.

"Last Letter Home" was correspondence between American Sgt. Andrew Farrar and his family before his death in the current Iraq War. "Tessie" is a reworking of a Boston Red Sox rally song. On this release, it is called a bonus track because it was already released on the ''Tessie'' EP in 2004 during the Red Sox season where they ended up winning the World Series for the first time in 86 years.

A second bonus track titled "Hatebomb" can be found on the Japanese release. The band filmed music videos for "Sunshine Highway", "The Warrior's Code" and two videos for "I'm Shipping Up To Boston", one of which was used to promote the movie ''The Departed'' and contained clips from the movie. A video for the track "Tessie" was also filmed in 2004. - Wikipedia