Celtic punk band Dropkick Murphys
covered the song on their 2011 album, Going Out in Style
. Their version features a guest appearance by Bruce Springsteen. Singer/bassist Ken Casey told Billboard
magazine the Springsteen/Dropkick connection began when the Boss attended one of his band's shows in New York. From there, the band performed with Springsteen at one his shows, then felt that "Peg O' My Heart" was their chance to collaborate in the studio. "Mainly [the song] struck us sound-wise as something you could hear the E Street Band doing when they pull something out of their hat, so that was part of the inspiration," explained Casey. "I still can't believe he actually sang on our record -- it's pretty great. But that's just how he is; he's down to earth. For every minute you want to pinch yourself because he's on your record, the next part of you that knows him says, 'Well, why wouldn't he?' because he's just a regular guy."