Goodnight Irene (1936)
Irene goodnight, Irene goodnight
Goodnight Irene, goodnight Irene
I'll see you in my dreams.
Last Saturday night I got married
Me and my wife settled down,
Now me and my wife are parted
I'm going to take another stroll downtown.
Sometimes I live in the country
Sometimes I live in the town,
Sometimes I have a great notion
To jump into the river and drown.
Well I asked your mother for you
She told me you was too young
I wish to the Lord I'd never seen your face
Or heard your lying tongue
Stop ramblin', stop gamblin'
Stop stayin' out late at night
Go home to your wife and family
And stay by the fireside bright.
I love Irene God knows I do
Love her to the day I die
If Irene turns her back on me
I'll take morphine and die
Lyrics by Huddie Ledbetter and John Lomax.
Recorded by Mitch Miller Singers (1950).
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