Goodnight Irene

Words & Music:

Huddie Ledbetter & John Lomax (1950)



C          G       G7         C

Irene, goodnight.  Irene, goodnight.

    C       C7        F                 G7            C

Goodnight, Irene, goodnight Irene, I'll see you in my dreams.


    C                       G        G7              C

Sometimes I live in the country, sometimes I live in town.

    C       C7           F         G7                    C

Sometimes I have a great notion to jump in the river and drown.




Quit rambling and quit gambling, quit staying out late at night,

Stay home with your wife and family, sit down by the fireside bright.




I love Irene, God knows I do, I'll love her 'til the seas run dry.

And if Irene turns her back on me, I'll take morphine and die.




You cause me to weep, you cause me to mourn,

You caused me to leave my home.

But the very last words I heard her say was

"Please sing me one more song."


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