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The Departed soundtrack

The Departed (2006)
Product detail
Format: CD
UPC: 09362432592
Label: Warner Bros
Label number: 43259
Running time: not on file
Shipping date: November 7th, 2006
Product availability
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Album Tracklist
1.  Comfortably Numb - Van Morrison / The Band
info: written by Roger Waters
2.  Sail On, Sailor - The Beach Boys
3.  Let It Loose - The Rolling Stones
4.  Sweet Dreams - Roy Buchanan
5.  One Way Out - The Allman Brothers Band
...see complete tracklist
Music from the movie not on this soundtrack CD
Buy Gimme Shelter - The Rolling Stones at Gimme Shelter - The Rolling Stones
Buy Minstrel Boy - NYPD Emerald Society Pipes & Drums at Minstrel Boy - NYPD Emerald Society Pipes & Drums
Buy Well, Well, Well - John Lennon at Well, Well, Well - John Lennon

Add more missing songs to this list, or tell us in what scenes these songs are heard or where they can be found.
Soundtrack Q & A
Q: Who does the guitar version of "Sweet Dreams (Of You)" over the end credits? (from FD§ in Scotland)
A: It's Roy Buchanan. He died back in the 70s or early 80s I think. Too much alcohol. I'm not sure which album. (thanks to Gavin, Boston, MA USAadd more info
A: Roy Buchanan hung himself in a jail cell in 1988. His music is amazing. (thanks to Dave, NY USadd more info
A: I actually think that it is the Hellecasters, actually I think that it is mainly Will Ray of the Hellecasters, that does that version of "Sweet Dreams"... as far as I could tell. (thanks to Alex, Boston, MA USAadd more info
A: Roy Buchanan does "Sweet Dreams," the first song on his self-titled album, which may have been his first major album. Roy was known as "the world's best unknown guitar player." Never made it big commercially. Rumored to have been asked to join the Stones, but then again everyone was rumored to have been asked to play with the Stones. (thanks to Wolfike, Dublin, OH, USAadd more info
A: Definitely Roy! It even says it in the final credits. He did hang himself in a jail cell the person who posted too much alcohol is doing Roy a diservice. And I don't know about the Stones but John Lennon did ask Roy to join his band with Yoko and Roy turned him down to continue playing with his own band The Snakestrechers. This is well known among people who have followed Roy Buchanan. (thanks to Joey, R.I.add more info
A: There is still some considerable debate about the cause of death. Yes, Roy was supposedly quite drunk. Who cares? The word is the death was suspicious due to how beat up he was. His family never bought the suicide angle. Some said he may have gotten the snot beat out of him by the cops and died in his cell. The hanging thing was said to cover up the brutality aspect. (thanks to dddmax, NY, NY, USAadd more info
A: It's definitely Roy Buchanan.... used to listen to the record back when I was a wee lad. He did hang himself in jail and I believe he actually gave lessons to a young Danny Gatton who continued to carry the torch of the telecaster! (thanks to Evil, MAadd more info
A: Sadly, Roy Buchanan hanged himself to death while in jail in Fairfax County, Virginia on August 14th, 1988. (thanks to NewYorker, New York Cityadd more info

Q: Who does the version of Pink Floyd's "Comfortably Numb" in the movie? (from Lee in US)
A: It is performed by Van Morrison and The Band. (thanks to matt, oahu, HIadd more info
A: Roger Waters, Van Morrison & The Band (Levon Helm & Rick Danko) on vocals and Snowy White & Rick DiFonzo on guitars. (thanks to Mr. Manu, hereadd more info
A: This song is from The Wall Live Berlin 1990. It's a live version. (thanks to victorio, Venezuelaadd more info
A: This version of the song was playing in the recent episode of The Sopranos when Christopher and Tony ran off the road and crashed, which ended up being Christopher's final scene. Just before the crash he stated how awesome The Departed soundtrack is. (thanks to Bob, Floridaadd more info

Q: What is the name of the opera/aria heard in this movie? Who's the composer? (from adrienne in portland oregon)
A: The opera is Gaetano Donizetti's "Lucia de Lammermoor" The part of it that they watch at the opera, and is then heard again, and yet again as the tune on Costello's cell phone, is the great sextet of the first act, which is known by its first several words, "Chi mi frena ..." (thanks to Larry, NYCadd more info
A: Apparently this music was used by Howard Hawks' in his gangster classic Scarface: Tony Camonte (Paul Muni) whistles "Chi me frena?" in the film's opening sequence, as he guns down a ganglord boss he's supposed to be bodyguarding. This, from Wikipedia. (thanks to GordonS, London UKadd more info

Q: What ever happened to the band The Human Beinz that do "Nobody But Me" in the movie? They are crankin. (from Prof Ed in New York)
A: They split up in the '68-'69 timeframe. There is a band that bought the name and is performing currently, but they aren't any of the original members. (thanks to Fifi the Enforcer, dayton, mdadd more info

Q: What song plays early in the movie when DiCaprio is in jail and then later on... sort of an Irish song? (from sarah in Australia)
A: "I'm Shipping Up To Boston" by Dropkick Murphys. (thanks to cloust, Canadaadd more info

Q: In the scene where they are driving to the drug heist and they have an Irish jig in the background with a metal singer, can anyone tell me what this song is and the artist? (from zac in melbourne in australia)
A: The song "I'm Shipping Up To Boston" is by a group called Dropkick Murphys . The OST CD has that song listed on number 7. (thanks to Fascinus, Indiaadd more info

Q: What's the name of the band and song playing in the backgound when Leonardo DiCaprio is fighting with the guy and then hit's him on the head with the picture? (from thebirdf in houston)
A: I'm pretty sure it's "Baby Blue" by Badfinger. (thanks to Rick, Memphis, TNadd more info

Q: Which is the music heard at the end of the first trailer? (from Kiko_Lehman in Brazil)
A: "Comfortably Numb" by Van Morrison and the Band. Same one featured on the album; original by Pink Floyd. (thanks to Jenna, NYCadd more info

Q: What is the name of the song heard in the opening sequence with Jack Nicholson talking in the background? (from Aj in Virginia)
A: "Gimme Shelter" by the Rolling Stones. (thanks to Kael, just outside bostonadd more info

Q: What is the name of the song played over the porno scene? It's really catchy!!! (from Jo in Swindon UK)
A: It's actually original music written by Howard Shore. (thanks to A, USAadd more info
A: The song playing in the porno scene is actually part of the porno, so it'll be hard to find the song's name. (thanks to Ben, Canadaadd more info
A: According to imdb, the movie playing is "Debbie Does Dallas: The Revenge" (2003), if that helps. (thanks to Nate, Vancouver, BCadd more info

Q: What is the name and composer of the song played on the bagpipes during the funeral near the end of the film? (from Fusey in Michigan)
A: "Going Home" based on a classical tune. (thanks to jimboy55, glasgow scotlandadd more info
A: Thanks for the lead! The classical tune turns out to be Dvorak's New World Symphony Mvt II. (thanks to Fusey, Michiganadd more info
A: It's from the album called "All Hands Working" by "NYC Fire Department Emerald Society Pipes & Drums" and sounds exactly the same as the one played in the movie's funeral scene by the Boston Police Dept. Happy St Patrick's Day 2007! (thanks to Iceman, Chicago, IL USAadd more info
A: It's Dvorak's "New World Symphony" Movement II! I knew I had played that somewhere before. Thank you! It was driving me crazy! (thanks to Ben, Duluth, MNadd more info
A: You are correct. The credits of the movie, however, incorrectly list it as a theme from Dvorak's Symphony No. 5. The New World Symphony is of course his 9th. (thanks to John, Albuquerqueadd more info
A: I beg to differ with you. The Tune "Going Home" is played by the NYPD Emerald Society Pipes & Drums NOT The FDNY. The Band was in the movie scene and the NYPD played the tracks in the Film. (thanks to Steve O, Brooklyn New Yorkadd more info
A: That's correct. the NYPD Plays "Going Home" in the movie. This is the tune they play at Police Officer's Line of Duty Funerals. It is also played by the FDNY, but the NYPD has been playing it for about 20 years longer. FDNY ended up copying the Police Line of Duty Funerals. (thanks to BOBBY, Bronx, New Yorkadd more info
A: It's the song from Ridley Scott's Hovis advert. Dvorak covered it in his hit "New World Symphony" (thanks to cocky, UKadd more info

Q: During what part of the movie is "Sail On, Sailor" played? (from Rick in Memphis, TN)
A: The song is played when Leo and Jack are talking in the diner, just as Jack walks over to talk to the priests. (thanks to Ben, Canadaadd more info

Q: What's the hip hop song in the beginning? (from coolbrow in canada)
A: You mean where Costigan and his cousin are driving and they pass by a cop car? It's "Thief's Theme" by Nas. (thanks to Rick, Memphis, TNadd more info
A: "Sail on, Sailor" WAS played in The Departed. As soon as I can remember exactly where, I'll post it. I know it's on the soundtrack as well. (thanks to Steph, Corning, NYadd more info
A: "Thief's Theme" from Nas which was actually stolen from the Iron Butterfly hit song also known as the Iron Butterfly theme from the 1968 album In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida. (thanks to Nick, Boston,Ma,USA,Earthadd more info

Q: What opera was being sung with Jack and the two women in the balcony of the theater? It was the prelude to his cocaine scene in his bedroom. (from Don George in Pittsburgh PA)
A: "Chi Mi Frena" from Act II of the opera Lucia Di Lammermoor by Donzetti. It was also in the opera radio station (Double Cleff FM) in 2001's video game Grand Theft Auto III. (thanks to damian001, USAadd more info

Q: In the scene when leo breaks his arm beating up the two guy with a coat rack.."nobody does the shingaling like i do..." what is that song? (from cole in usa)
A: The Human Beinz and "Nobody But Me." (thanks to Rahdigga, Memphisadd more info

Q: There is a french song played in the movie.. and I've been looking for years for it... You're an angel if you tell me!!
...from Chemichal in U.S. (answer Chemichal's question)

Q: What is the name of the last song during the credits? (from Jimmy C. in Detroit)
A: Sounds like Jimmy Page (thanks to J.C., Germanyadd more info
A: That is Roy Buchanan - see the above posts. He is at least as good of a guitar player as Jimmy Page and many think he stands above Mr. Page. (thanks to Joey, R.I.add more info

Q: What is the name of the song that plays when Leo and the doc (girl) are about to get it on? The song is also on the trailer in the middle of it. (from DS in NY)
A: The song is Pink Floyd's "Comfortably Numb" (appropriate for DiCaprio's character!) sung by Van Morrison. (thanks to LornaR, Austinadd more info

Q: Why is "Gimme Shelter" - a song so prominently featured in the movie - not on the soundtrack album? (from mike in washington, dc)
A: It's the same reason the song is not on the OST albums for Casino, The Fan, Goodfellas, The War and others. The Rolling Stones demand impossibly high royalties for the song. Film companies ante up, but soundtrack labels can't afford it (probably has something to do with film company's needing to only license a portion of the song for the film (like just a few seconds), whereas the soundtrack label must license the entire song for the album). Short answer: $$$$$$$. (thanks to OSTfan, Burlingameadd more info

Q: What is the name of the song that plays during the scene where Jack Nicholson is putting the hand in a ziplock bag and talking to Leo Dicaprio? I can't think of any of the words off hand, but I do know that they scream the same word over and over again at one point. (from Mike in New Orleans, Louisiana)
A: "Well Well Well" by John Lennon (thanks to Eli, Little Rock, ARadd more info

Q: What's the name of the song they play at the end of the movie during the credits? (from Peter in Chicago)
A: "Sweet Dreams of You." Patsy Kline made this song famous. (thanks to MARGARET , Downingtown, PA 19335add more info
A: "Sweet Dreams (Of You)" Roy Buchanan. 1972 (thanks to Davis, NY USadd more info
A: Sweet Dreams (thanks to Daniel Bertrand, Cambridge,On,Canada. N1R2A7add more info

Q: What's the name of the song with the guitar intro, heard when Matt Damon and his girlfriend are talking in the apartment halfway through the film? (from Neil in UK)
A: If you mean when she's moving in, it's "Gimme Shelter" by The Stones (thanks to Amy, FLadd more info

Q: What's the John Lennon song in the film? (from matt in london)
A: It's called "Well, Well, Well." But what part is it in? (thanks to Rick, Memphis, TNadd more info
A: It's the part in the movie when Costello is asking Costigan if he knows who John Lennon is. (thanks to phil, seattle, waadd more info
A: It's in the part where Matt Damon is examining the bodies of the two dudes from Rhode Island... when he calls Madelyn and asks her out to dinner. (thanks to Trish, Indy, Louisianaadd more info

Q: What is the song playing in most of the commercials? It has a heavy, pounding drum. (from adub253 in philly)
A: It's "I'm Shipping up to Boston" by The Dropkick Murphys (thanks to Amy, FLadd more info

Q: In the song "I'm shipping up to Boston," who plays the bagpipes? Is that from another song, because it sounds VERY familiar!? (from zaza in TX)
A: It's either Spicy McHaggis or Scruffy Wallace. They are the bagpipe players for The Dropkick Murphys. Don't know if the tune is from another song. (thanks to Vayloth, Springfield, Illinois, USAadd more info
A: Their aren't any bagpipes on "Shipping Up To Boston." It's an Irish Tin Whistle. (thanks to Scruffy, Boston,Maadd more info

Q: What's that guitar song playing when Leonardo is in the psychiatrist's office talking about himself? It's not on the CD, nor anywhere listed. (from Sherminator in Canada)
A: It's called "Billy's Theme" by Howard Shore. It's on the other Departed soundtrack. (thanks to Mike, NJ, in the USAadd more info

Q: Where can I find a recording of the bagpipe version of the piece from Dvorak's "From the New World" Mvt. II? (from Oogemyster in NY, NY)
A: Here's an MP3 version. (thanks to Wij, Vancouver, WA USAadd more info

Q: What's the song played when Costello and his crew were selling microprocessors to the Chinese? All I can remember is that it's a rock song. (from ino in egypt)
A: The song is actually called "Chinatown" and it's on The Departed original score soundtrack. (thanks to Ben, Canadaadd more info

Q: Someone know if that guitar song played many times in the movie is available ? (from you in France)
A: It's probably on the score CD. Did you try that one? (thanks to OSTfan, Burlingameadd more info
A: Classical guitarist Sharon Isben collaborated with composer Howard Shore to create much of the score for the movie. She plays the acoustic classical guitar heard in several scenes. (thanks to tyler durden, willimanticadd more info
A: "Departed Tango" (thanks to Amy, FLadd more info

Q: There is one Hip Hop track at the beginning of the film. Who made this song and what is the title? (from dende in germany)
A: "Thief's Theme" by Nas (thanks to Jay, Oregonadd more info

Q: Where do I find the musical score for the song "I'm shipping off to Boston?" (from Eric in USA)
A: "I'm Shipping up to Boston" is on The Warrior's Code album by The Dropkick Murphys (thanks to Amy, Jupiter, FLadd more info

Q: What is the song playing in the fourth TV spot? (from Ben in Canada)
A: This song is "Come With Me" by Waylon Jennings... it about drove me crazy trying to figure it out because it's not on the soundtrack. (thanks to akj0131, marylandadd more info

Q: What song is heard in the beginning when Nicholson comes into the store? (from pieter houtsma in Netherlands)
A: "Gimme Shelter" from The Rolling Stones. Answered above. (thanks to ciarz3r, Irish born and raised (bás in Éireann)add more info

Q: What is the name of the song that plays on Jack Nicholson's cell phone? (from P. in Houston, TX)
A: "Chi Mi Frena" from Act II of the opera Lucia Di Lammermoor by Donzetti. (thanks to filmprinz, Illinoisadd more info

Q: There is a commercial out for the DVD with a song that sounds to be from the '60's, with a woman singing, it's a rock song, it sounds like she is singing "'s just a shadow way...." Anyone know what song this is? (from Sarah in minnesota)
A: "Gimme Shelter" by The Rolling Stones. The correct lyrics are "It's just a shot away..." (thanks to THE LETTER JAY, arkansasadd more info

Q: What's the name of the track playing when Frank and Bill are talking in a bar and Frank does his rat impression? The scene starts off with "Sweet Dreams" but then a slow guitar melody can be heard. So I was wondering what that was?
...from Daniel in Los Angeles (answer Daniel's question)

Q: The version of "Well, Well, Well" in the film is clearly a cover of the original John Lennon song. Does anyone who did the version heard in the film? (from j in arkansas)
A: It's not a cover. It's John Lennon. (thanks to Beatle23, CAadd more info
A: It's off the "Plastic Ono band" album created while the Beatles where still together. Great album. (thanks to Robert, Los Angeles,CA.add more info

Q: What's the name of the song playing in the background when Jack, Leo, and Matt are all in the adult X-Rated movie theatre? It sounds like a song by the techno group "General Elektriks."
...from Mark in Bloomington (answer Mark's question)

Q: What is the name of the song playing on the menu screen of the DVD? Sounds irish and is upbeat! (from hottrailninja in Canton, Ga, united States)
A: It's "I'm Shipping Up to Boston" by the Dropkick Murphys. (thanks to hazz, usaadd more info

Q: Does anyone know the song playing in the newer trailer for the DVD release and pay-per-view? It sounds kinda techno-ish, no words, very hard beat and in the last 5 seconds or so it sounds very soft, almost like elevator music? Thanks!
...from Mike in Tinley Park, IL (answer Mike's question)

Q: What is the famous bagpipe song called that is played during the policemen's graduation from the academy? (from brewski in Baltimore, MD)
A: Most often it is "Scotland The Brave." That's what was played at my academy graduation. (thanks to Jon, Memphis, TNadd more info
A: "Minstrel Boy," a traditional Irish song... (thanks to alun, Northumberland/UKadd more info

Q: Is it possible to get the track that runs under the menu, "I'm Shipping Up To Boston," without the words? (from Lola in SoCal USA)
A: Unfortunately, commercially no. The Dropkick Murphys wrote this song using Woody Guthrie's lyrics. The only way to get it without the lyrics would be to write the band and see if you could get the unmixed track that doesn't have the lyrics in it. Sounds like a task at hand! Really catchy music, good live show. (thanks to Justin, Fort Collins, COadd more info
A: If you have a program like Audacity, it can take the vocals out of a song. You can get it for free when you search on (thanks to Anthony, Chicago, ILadd more info

Q: What song is playing in the bar and in Costello's office when he interrogates Billy and brakes open his cast for his arm? It's really catchy. (from Jonny B in Vienna, Austria)
A: "Let it Loose" by the Rolling Stones! (thanks to JonnyBrent, Toronto, Canadaadd more info
A: "Let it Loose." My favorite Stones song ever. It's off of Exile on Main Street... probably their best album. (thanks to Clint, Columbus, Ohioadd more info

Q: Someone asked already about the second song in the ending credits, to which the reply was that it was Roy Buchanon. That is the FIRST song. I don't believe the second song in the ending credits, when "Sweet Dreams" ends, is the same song. (from Paulo in New York, New York)
A: It's Howard Shore's "The Departed Tango" (thanks to notaperson, In Between Bumpsadd more info
A: Why don't people just watch the credits? It takes less time & effort than posting a question online. (thanks to bmuk, wisconsinadd more info

Q: What is the song playing when Damon looks at the apartment and then the next scene is Leo's mom's funeral? It's just a guitar instrumental.
...from Dave in Boston, MA (answer Dave's question)

Q: What song is playing right after Billy shoots that guy in the knee? It only plays for a few seconds when he's getting in the car. (from Adam in kansas city)
A: "Baby Blue" by Badfinger (thanks to Dhaise, Californiaadd more info

Q: What song is playing in the final scene when the rat is crossing the balcony railing with the Capitol building in the background?  (from Brandi in kansas city)
A: Not sure, but I think it's "Sweet Dreams" from the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack CD. (thanks to Maltero, M-town, Marylandadd more info

Q: What is the song with the bagpipes in it? the song plays throughout the movie... (from taboo in flordia)
A: Track 7, "I'm Shipping Off to Boston" (thanks to Anthony, Chicago, ILadd more info

Q: What is the song sung by the girls dressed as angels in the scene where Dignam and Queenan confront Costello about the microprocessors?
...from Ryan in Cincy (answer Ryan's question)

Q: Is there an instrumental version of "Shipping up to Boston" we can buy? (from Skinny22 in Detroit, Michigan)
A: No, as has already been noted. (thanks to Rob, Oxford, UKadd more info

Q: Who does the guitar solo of "Sweet Dreams" at the end of the movie during the credits? Thanks, Jazzbaby
...from jazzbaby in TX (answer jazzbaby's question)

Q: Just watched the film in a hotel room in Asia, had to leave for work before the score came up but was convinced that the Angelic Upstarts and/or Charlie Harper did a track. Am I confused?
...from vambo in Edinburgh, Scotland (answer vambo's question)

Q: What's the song playing when he knocks out Billy Bags' front tooth? I think they are singing, "White Light!"
...from Ryan in WV (answer Ryan's question)

Q: I got a tricky one! I was watching some "making of" special about The Departed on the TV the other night and there was this beautiful instrumental playing when the actors were describing Madolyn character and there were scenes of her and Billy when it was playing. It had those fading choir vocals or something and I've been looking everywhere for it. It kinda sounds like the requiem from the movie Collateral.
...from InfamousJB in Belgrade (answer InfamousJB's question)

Q: What song are they listening to when Leo Dicaprio and his his cousin (the "jerkoff cop magnet") are in the car driving? Nas?  (from lady lex in 206)
A: "Thief's Theme" by Nas (thanks to ABC, DEFadd more info

Q: What is this song played here when Martin Scorsese is presented the award? I mean the opera version, with the violins, etc. Thank you.
...from trimbulindu in romania (answer trimbulindu's question)

Q: Which song is composed by John Lennon?
...from rick in chicago il usa (answer rick's question)

Q: What song is playing when Costello, French and Costigan are in a car on their way to a Sheffield warehouse? (from Max in India)
A: "I'm Shipping Up To Boston" by the Dropkick Murphys (thanks to fatty82, floridaadd more info

Q: What is the final rap during the last minutes of the ending credits? repeats a few times something like "...the tide is rising and all we do is stand here..." No; it's not "The Departed Tango", nor "Sweet Dreams"... I have searched and searched for this and no one seems to know a thing, or haven't watched the credits to the end and thus claim there is no such rap.. Sounds kinda like something by Coldcut...
...from Bogroll in Lima Peru (answer Bogroll's question)

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