Irene goodnight, Irene goodnight.
Goodnight Irene, goodnight Irene, I'll see you in my dreams
Last Saturday night I got married, now me and my wife settled down
Now me and my wife are parted, I think I'll take a little stroll downtown.
Stop your ramblin', stop your gamblin',
Stop staying out late at night.
Go home to your wife and family, and sit by the fireside right.
Sometimes I live in the country, sometimes I live in town
Sometimes I take a great notion, to jump into the river and drown.
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 was ever 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'd 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 wasPlease sing me one more song"
-Huddle Ledbetter and John A. Lomax
© 1936 Ludlow Music Inc.