The 20’s were marked by Prohibition in the US, which meant big business for the folks on the wrong side of the law. Not to mention those who found themselves on both sides. The HBO series Boardwalk Empire centers around Enoch “Nucky” Thompson, Treasurer of Atlantic County and bootlegging kingpin. He’s a complex character, equal parts hardnosed and heartwarming, and perpetually unsatisfied. You’re listening to “After You Get What You Want, You Don’t Want It”, composed by Irving Berlin and sung by Dolores Gray.
A version of this song served as part of HBO’s promotions for Boardwalk Empire’s Season Two. Learn more about the show, and the real-life Nucky.