Republic of Doyle is a pretty big deal in Newfoundland, and is usually the highlight of my Wednesday when I’m not doing other wild things, like organizing my sock drawer. I’ve been watching since episode 1 and I still get thrilled when I see them shooting on my street. I usually follow along on Twitter when a new episode airs, and more often than not, people will ask what the song selections are. Myself included.
So, because I have too much time on my hands and I’m trying to be a local hero, I sat here for the past two days with every Republic of Doyle episode from season 2 playing in the background while I worked away. Whenever I heard a song, I snatched up my iPhone and used my Sound Hound app to identify it. I probably missed some. Sue me. Or offer input.
(These are in no particular order.)
Mrs. McGrath – Bruce Springsteen
Dirty Old Town – The Pogues
Safe and Sound – Hawksley Workman
Jailbreak – ACDC
Spanish Stroll – Mink DeVille
Is This Love – Bob Marley cover by Damhnait Doyle
(Damn it, Damhnait! Your name is hard to spell. Thanks to Kevin Kelly for the update.)
(I have no idea who does this cover. Mara Hruby?)
White Wedding – Billy Joel
So Far Away – Dire Straits
Fisherman’s Blues – The Waterboys
(My absolute freaking favourite, the fiddle kills me. I’ve been playing it non-stop since I heard it…weeks ago, much to the dismay of my roommates.)
St. John’s Waltz – Ron Hynes
Oh Yeah – Great Big Sea
(Theme song, substituted for other songs in some episodes.)
God’s Gonna Cut You Down – Jonny Cash
For my readers who don’t watch this P.I. show, may I direct you to a video montage of all the loveliest scenes from the show. You will book your next ticket to St. John’s, immediately. (You can also watch the show on the website.)
Alternatively, here’s a fun drinking game to play while watching: 1 shot for every time Lesley pouts and is a troubled, sweet angelic blonde; 2 shots for every time Lesley and Jake try to reconcile their differences but some misunderstanding gets in the way; and 3 shots for every time someone says “b’y.” You will get TANKED.