Going Out in Style

Album: Going Out In Style (2011)

Songfacts®:

  • This is the title track of Celtic punk band Dropkick Murphys seventh studio album. The song features NOFX vocalist Fat Mike, The Living End's Chris Cheney and actor/comedian Lenny Clarke.
  • Going Out in Style is a concept album, which takes the band's own personal experiences and family folklore and rolls them into the story of a fictional character named Cornelius Larkin, who has passed away and is looking down on his own wake. The songs detail the Irish immigrant to America's life from beginning to close. Singer/bassist Ken Casey told Billboard magazine he came up with the idea for the album while visiting a funeral home and walking in on a wake. "It made me think to connect the tale of this guy's wake and all the stories leading up to it," he explained. "We saw some similarities and connections in songs and the story, and we decided to frame it into the fictional story of one person's life that happened to be based on a lot of stories and relatives of ours, and things that have happened in our families."
  • The song contains references to things that happened in Casey's life as well as people's names. He told Artist Direct: "It's always nice to namedrop friends and family because they get so excited—unless you're taking a shot at them [Laughs]. I know some of the stories are embarrassing for myself. There's a line about pissing my friend's couch, and that was something I did when I was 15. I woke up in the morning. It was an L-shaped couch, and the kitchen was next to the living room. I slept on the couch, and we'd maybe drank a little too much and I had a little accident [Laughs]. I decided to move to the other side and take off all of my wet clothes so I woke up in the morning on the dry side of the couch with his parents looking at me. It was a good morning [Laughs]. It wasn't just a little awkward…"
  • Casey told Artist Direct why this song for him stands out on the album: "I really like that because it's like the culmination of everything. It says, 'There are ups and downs to life but enjoy it and keep a smile on your face.' I like that sentiment that the song brings."
  • Going Out in Style debuted at #6 on the Billboard 200 making it the Dopkicks' first top 10 album. The first week sales of 43,000 were also a career high.

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