A Wayward Word's Worth

June 28, 2011

Rebel Songs

Filed under: Uncategorized — kylelawrence @ 5:51 am

Scorsese films aside, Dropkick Murphys still provide soundtrack to working-class struggle. By Kyle Mullin for Calgary’s FFWD Magazine, Thursday June 23 2011

The bagpipe eulogy was out of tune, rejected by the Catholic Church, and exactly what the dearly departed hoped for.

In his last letter home, Sergeant Andrew Farrar asked his family to replace “Amazing Grace” with something more fitting at his funeral — that is, if he didn’t survive his tour of duty in Iraq. When that bitter day arrived along with a folded flag, his wife Melissa passed that last wish along to Dropkick Murphys, her husband’s favourite band, until it felt compelled to fulfil that wish. The Boston Celt-punk faves huddled closely with the family and friends that morning in the winter of 2005. The casket lowered as piper Josh “Scruffy” Wallace’s strained notes stretched through the icy air.

“Unfortunately bagpipes are a very fickle instrument and tend to, if it’s too humid or too hot or too cold, go out of tune very easily,” singer Al Barr says of the Murphys’ sombre performance. The experience inspired “Last Letter Home,” on the Murphys’ 2005 disc The Warrior’s Code. “The priest wouldn’t let us play the song in the church, so we played “Fields of Athenry” as they lowered him into the ground. But I don’t think anybody was sitting there judging Scruffy’s playing, everybody was just caught up in the moment. That’s something you really don’t forget, when you see two young children that have lost their father and you know they’re never going to see him again.”








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