Sunday, February 15, 2009

Goodnight Irene

By Huddie Ledbetter and A. Lomax (new verses by Raffi and Debi Pike)
Rise Up Singing chapter: Lullabies, p.132
D A7 - D / DD7 G A7 D

Irene goodnight, Irene goodnight
Goodnight Irene (2x) I'll see you in my dreams

Sometimes I live in the country, sometimes I live in the town
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 asked your mother for you, she told me you was too young
I wished to God I'd never seen your face, I's sorry you ever was born

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 cause me to leave my home
But the very last words I heard her say were "Please sing me one more song"

New verses by Raffi and Debi Pike:
Foxes sleep in the forest, lions sleep in their dens
Goats sleep on the mountainside and pigs sleep in their pens

Whales sleep in the ocean, zebras sleep on land
Hippos sleep by the riverside and camels sleep on sand

Coyote sleeps in a canyon, a birdie sleeps in a tree
And when it's time for me to rest, my bed's the place for me

1 comment:

  1. you should add a february posting to your main blog. Keep up the singing though!