The Corrigans wrote an updated version for 2012, and Ger Corrigan tells POLITICO that Obama’s (very distant) Irish cousin Henry Healy will be attending the inauguration and plans to present a copy of the song to the president. (The president took Healy for pints of Guinness in Washington last St. Patricks Day.)
Included on the track is the snippet of Obama mentioning the band so Corrigan decided to give the president a co-writer credit: “Words and Music-Corrigan Brothers and President Barack O’Bama.”
“If politics doesn’t work out for him, he will at least be able to get some royalties!” Corrigan said. “It really was a joy to do this and he loves the original song.”
Because, why not?
This grand old song from the 19th century played over the credits at the end of last night’s episode of Boardwalk Empire on HBO and I can’t get it out of my mind…