Goodnight Irene

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Huddie William Ledbetter (January 20, 1888 – December 6, 1949) was an iconic American folk and blues musician, and multi-instrumentalist, notable for his strong vocals, his virtuosity on the twelve-string guitar, and the songbook of folk standards he introduced. more »

Last Saturday night, I got married, 
Me and my wife settled down 
Now me and my wife are parted, 
I'm gonna take another stroll downtown 

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 love Irene, God knows I do, 
I'll love her till the seas run dry 
But if Irene should turn me down, 
I'd take the morphine and die 

Stop rambling , stop your gambling, 
Stop staying out late at night 
Go home to your wife and your family, 
Stay there by your fireside bright.


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