Irene Goodnight

Written by: 
Huddie 'Leadbelly' Ledbetter, John Lomax
26 Apr 2004

yeah I like John Martyn... [Mavis Staples]

Goodnight Irene
God knows, I'll love her till the seas run dry
But she has turned her back on me
I will run up the river and say goodbye, goodbye

Sometimes I live in the country
  [Sometimes I live]
Sometimes I live in the town
Sometimes I run down the river and jump in
Sometimes I take a foolish notion
To jump in the deep blue ocean

Goodnight Irene, goodnight
I'm going to get you one time in my dreams
  [get you out of my dreams]

But if I see her ever turn her beautiful back on me
I'm going jump in the ocean with a wiff full of morphine
And try to die
Irene, goodnight
Goodnight Irene

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