The Dropkick Murphys performing I'm Shipping Up to Boston (lyrics by Woody Guthrie; performance included in The Departed soundtrack)
Celtic punk age-of-sail seaman's folk ballad -- well, punk ballad (?) -- that brings to life the violence of a winter storm at sea. This song, as used in the video above, and, as slammed brilliantly into The Departed soundtrack, is a searingly truthful illustration that urban life in America today can be as violent as any storm you'll encounter. Rock with a vengeance.
Epigram: For hints as to why Woody Guthrie wrote an age-of-sail poem, a great place to start is the section in Joe Klein's Woody Guthrie: A Life on Guthrie's "military service" on troop ship convoys crossing the Atlantic to the European theater of World War II -- a hero with a guitar instead of a gun। Honestly though, the fact that Woody wrote these lyrics is a mystery I'm still trying to unravel.
Billie Dawn contributed to the preparation of this post.