Tessie

Album: The Warrior's Code (2005)
  • 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 Writer/s: Alexander Barr, James P. Lynch, Kenneth W. Casey, Marc John Orrell, Mathew E. Kelly
    Publisher: Memory Lane Music Group (Domestic), Round Hill Music Big Loud Songs
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 15

  • Dee from Northfield, IlThis is one of the few Murphys songs that I HATE. I f--king hate the red sox. And no, I'm not a yankees fan; I'm a White Sox fan. This song and I'm Shipping Up to Boston (Which is massively overrated) are the only two Murphys songs I hate.
  • Ryan from Somewhere In, NjTo fix all the incorrect origins of the name, zack from san diego nailed it, mostly. They did sing it against the pirates randomly, but of all random show tunes, that one, because Honus Wagner, the famous shorstop of pittsburg, had quoted that the song "annoyed him ... Drove him nuts ... and he hated it," so the drunken Royal Rooters would sing it to get on his nerves.
  • Andrew from Methuen, MaJust to let you guys know Dropkick recorded this song before the sox won the 2004 world series but the video was made after they won. just so yall know
  • Sean from Milford, Pathe guys yelling 2 3 4 are johnny damon, david ortiz, and if im not mistaken manny ramierez (not ot sure on manny)
  • Zack from San Diego, Caroyal rooters were a group of fans born at the "Third Base Saloon" and started by a man named Michael McGreevey. McGreevey was the owner of the bar and whenever things got a little out of hand, he would slam his fists on the bar counter and yell "Nuff Ced!" and everyone would quite down. McGreevey's group of royal rooters would attend every Boston Pilgrims game. The Boston baseball team was a part of the national league and did not become known as the Red Sox untilthe 1908 season. Owner at the time, John Taylor, implemented the name.

    Next, we have Stahl, Dineen and Young. Simple. Chick Stahl, Bill Dineen and Cy Young were the top pitchers in the Boston rotation during their first World Series Championship in 1903. Tessie was sung at their home games, thus the comment about them being serenaded.

    The line "third base to huntington" refers to the saloon owned by McGreevey and the old stadium. At the time of the Royal Rooters, the Pilgrims played at what was known as Huntington Avenue Grounds. The Royal Rooters would show up, be drunk, loud, routy and do what they want. They would fight other teams fans and storm the field when they were unhappy with a call. A little unorthodox, but effective.

    Lastly, Tessie. To answer B's question, Tessie refers to a character in a Broadway play in the early 20th century titled "The Silver Slipper." Tessie was merely a character whom another man in the play was in love with and couldnt live without, thus serenading her with the tune. The Dropkick Murphys have changed and altered many of the surrounding lyrics but have chosen to keep the 'Tessie' part of the song from which it derived its roots. Also, when the Royal Rooters would go to the Pilgrims games, the would sing random songs. When the Pilgrims won their first World Series in 1903, the Rooters had been singing the song 'Tessie'during most of the series against Pittsburgh. The Pilgrims won and 'Tessie' was adopted as the unofficial anthem.

  • Rich from La, CaIt is a great song. Dating myself. But the characters in this song were included in a Sports Illustrated article about baseball's famous "Casey at the Bat" way back in 1988. Specifically Nuf Ced McGreevy and the Thrid Base Bar where the legendary's "Casey's" niece worked as a waitress. Fictional story but a great one with a tie to "Tessie"
  • John from Gaithersburg, Mdok so here is the story: between Oct. and March of 1902-03 there was a play on broadway called "the Silver Slipper" and Tessie was the song about her Parakeete, Totally unrelated to baseball. Then a guy named Michael McGreevey, an owner of a bar called 3rd base in boston started this lyal group of fans who started singing "Tessie" at games
  • John from Gaithersburg, MdTessie was song from a broadway play around the turn of the century, Tessie was the main charactor. If you look on Wicapedia it explains the story.
  • Josh from Avon, Ny"Tessie" is the main song form a popular musical of the time. The Royal Rooters were trying to heckle the other theam by singing random songs as loudly as they possibly could. When they sang "Tessie", the Sox (or whatever they were called at the time) starteddoing well, so it became their unofficial anthem. Thus the opening line, "Tessie is the Royal Rooters rally cry, Tessie is the tune they always sung"
  • B from Brisbane, Australiayes but what does tessie refer to?? great song though
  • Gary from Rensselaer, Nythe song included Johnny Damon and Bronson Arroyo in the Recording
  • Matt from Uxbridge, MaCorrection: this song was recorded during the 2004 season, before the Red Sox won the World Series.
  • Joe from Chicago, ArA GREAT SONG!!!!! i am more of a blue jays fan then a red sox fan but either way i love dropkick murphys and i think there one of the best hardcore punk bands of today and their new albm warrior's code is awesome even better then blackout well anyway i love dropkick murphys and i wish they would be more popular because their a great band and i'd love to see a music video or go to one of their concerts
  • Jay from Glen Burnie, MdThe Royal Rooters were the self given name of the Red Sox boosters club around the turn of the 20th century (The team may have still been called the Red Stockings or Pilrims at that time).

    The tune came form an old Broadway tune by the same name
  • Rick from Humboldt, IaThis song is on MVP baseball 2005 and I love it!!
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