The song dates back to the 19th century and is fast paced, energetic, and oh, so fun.
La Fhéile Pádraig Shona Duit, everybody!! (yes, that’s Gaelic for “Happy St. Patrick’s Day“) In honor of good ol’ St. Patrick, I figured why not dedicate this edition of Got You Cover’d Monday to the Dropkick Murphys‘ most excellent cover version of “Rocky Road To Dublin“? The song dates back to the 19th century and is fast paced, energetic, and oh, so fun. The song’s lyrics were written by D.K. Gavan and it was first performed by Harry Clifton some time in the late 1800’s. Over the years, the song has been revisited time and again. Before the Dropkick’s took it over, the most famous version was performed by The Dubliners in 1964, but it’s the Dropkick’s version that showed the song its true punk potential.
Erin Go Bragh, y’all!!
The Dropkick Murphys first recorded the song in 2001 for their album Sing Loud, Sing Proud!. In 2002, the Dropkick Murphys featured the song on their live album Live on St. Patrick’s Day From Boston, MA. It was in this live setting that the song really shined out in all its Celtic glory. Just imagine it: the green beer flowing, everybody out enjoying St. Patty’s with the Dropkicks and then they go into Rocky Road To Dublin“. Just thinking about the first time I heard the live version of the song makes my hair stand up on its end. It’s true what they say, everyone is Irish on St. Patty’s Day and I’m no different (I’m not even an 1/8 Irish… I’m not Irish at all, but no matter.) Time for me to enjoy my own pint of green beer and a kick ass rock show. Erin Go Bragh, y’all!!