From the Atlantic Wire on the wave of “Come On, Irene” references:
The cliché: As Irene gained strength and set her sails for the east coast this week, a familiar Celtic fiddle started sounding in America’s head. It started on Twitter as observers began repeating the refrain. “Come On, Irene!” they tweeted. Pretty soon it was making its way into news headlines. New York magazine’s Daily Intel wrote on Aug. 23, “It has the potential to be a category four storm, with winds between 130 and 155 miles per hour. Come on, Irene!” “Come on, Irene — it’s hurricane season,” blogged Bryan Walsh for Time. Come on, everyone, let’s calm down. As the hurricane continues to advance, the “Come on Irene” gags have taken over.
The source, of course, is “the 1982 song Come on Eileen by Dexys Midnight Runners.” But that shortsighted connection passes over the more venerable “Good Night, Irene,” Huddie “Lead Belly” Ledbetter’s blues classic.
Come on, Ireneniks. Get your Lead Belly on.