"Flannigan's Ball" as written by and Lynch Brennan....
In the town of Milton one Brian Flannigan
Battered away till his money was spent
Then he hit a big one and felt like a man again
Bought a three decker with two floors for rent

He threw a big party for friends and relations
At a grand old place called Florian Hall
And if you’ll just listen I’ll make your eyes glisten
To the rows and the ructions of Flannigan’s ball

Six long months I spent in Quincy,
Six long months doing nothing at all
Six long months I spent in Quincy
Learning to dance for Flannigan's ball
I stepped out and I stepped in again
I stepped out and I stepped in again
I stepped out and I stepped in again
Learning to dance for Flannigan's ball

Free beer on tap and wine for the ladies
Ziti and sauce for Mark Porzio
There were Faheys and Bradys, Mcauliffes and Daleys
Courtin' the girls and dancing away.

Brian Tully sang out in his finest form
The patron’s responded and I lead em all
I'd spent 6 months at Forbes academy
Learning to dance for Flannigan's ball

Six long months I spent in Quincy,
Six long months doing nothing at all
Six long months I spent in Quincy
Learning to dance for Flannigan's ball
I stepped out and I stepped in again
I stepped out and I stepped in again
I stepped out and I stepped in again
Learning to dance for Flannigan's ball

The boys were hammered
The girls were hearty
Dancing around in couples and groups
An accident happened to young Dennis Flemming
Put his right leg through Miss Finneran's hoops

This gal she fainted and cried bloody murder
Called for her sons and gathered them all
Christopher swore
He’d go no further
Till he had revenge at Flannigan's ball

Six long months I spent in Quincy,
Six long months doing nothing at all,
Six long months I spent in Quincy
Learning to dance for Flannigan's ball
I stepped out and I stepped in again,
I stepped out and I stepped in again,
I stepped out and I stepped in again
Learning to dance for Flannigan's ball.

In the midst of the melee Miss Collins fainted
Her cheeks by now were as red as a rose
Some of the boys declared she was plastered
Had a small drop to much I suppose

Young Scotty Jenkins so big and able
Saw his fair Colleen stretched by the wall
Tore the left leg from under the table
And smashed all the dishes at Flannigan's ball

Boy oh boy now this was a rumble
Myself took a lick from mean Ricky Green
But I soon replied to that fine introduction
And gave him a terrible kick in the spleen

Talent the Piper nearly got strangled
They squeezed on his bellows, chanters and all,
The girls in the middle nearly got trampled
And that put an end to Flannigan's ball

Six long months I spent in Quincy,
Six long months doing nothing at all,
Six long months I spent in Quincy
Learning to dance for Flannigan's ball
I stepped out and I stepped in again,
I stepped out and I stepped in again,
I stepped out and I stepped in again
Learning to dance for Flannigan's ball.


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    General CommentI assume by quincy they mean quincy (market section) in boston? Other than that this song is self explanitory.
    waycooon August 22, 2007   Link
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    General CommentGreat Song, I recognized Spider Stacy from the Pogues before I looked at the CD book. DKM decided to take a lot of peoples guess work out of things this time but putting a few words to the meaning of each song under the song title in accompanying booklet.
    gatsby14on September 18, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song reminds me personally of my patch of life so far. Yes, despite my traditionally gruff, laboring workman's image I can dance (traditionally) rather well, but they teach it in school up here. I furthered my learnings in this later on, believe it or not it is sister of martial arts, as anyone who has tried both, they actually aid each other on the field or the floor. Anyhow, What I'm hearing when this song plays, despite seeing quite a many nostalgic images of the people I've set to grains, I notice that (though this may not be an intention) "Learning to dance" sounds like a metaphor. If you've ever been to Quincy you may see it too.
    The-Dullahanon October 01, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe Quincy reference isn't Quincy Market at Fanueil Hall, but the town of Quincy, where Dropkick was formed.
    bigpoppa822on January 10, 2008   Link
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    General CommentFairly simple really, a guy has a party, a fight breaks out and a melee ensues.
    cianon January 24, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis is one omy my favorite Dropkick songs. It is set in Quincy Mass which is a town right outside of Boston. It's about a party that ends up in a huge brawl.
    Tater_Toton July 13, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThe song has nothing to do with Quincy, Mass. This song was originally written hundreds of years ago as a Celtic ballad called "Lannigan's Ball" about a guy named Lannigan who learned to dance and decided to throw a party to show off when a fight broke out and ruined it. DKM took the ballad and set it to punk, much like they did with "Finnegan's Wake", which was another Celtic ballad originally.
    BrieflyStated17on August 06, 2008   Link
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    General Commentit probaly does have to do with Quincy Mass. It is a remake of a traditional song - Dropkick Murphys replaced Dublin with Quincy

    Six long months I spent in Dublin,

    six long months doing nothing at all.

    Six long months I spent in Dublin,

    learning to dance for Lanigan's ball.
    JeffKaos71on July 21, 2009   Link
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    General Commentthis is a great song. the took the lyrics from an old irish song called Lanigan's Ball and updated them and changed it to fit modern times. Very cool.
    courtney veeon July 26, 2009   Link
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    Song Meaninghearing this song never having heard of quincy mass. I thought quincy was a jail, that this person spent in for 6 long months, learning to dance to goto flannigans ball where the brawl breaks out wich is the revenge that was being planned while in prison. also explains i stepped out and i stepped in again, meaning after the ball he had to go back to jail. and i always thought that the people they attack at the dance are the same people who sent him to prison first
    madhouseon November 16, 2009   Link

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