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(learned from the Hit Parade in 1950; sung by Pete Seeger and the Weavers)

(music to go here)

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

Last Saturday night I got married,
Me and my wife settled down.
Now me and my wife are parted,
I'm gonna take a little walk downtown.
    Goodnight, Irene...

Sometimes I live in the country,
Sometimes I live in the town.
Sometimes I take a great notion
To jump into the river and drown.
    Goodnight, Irene...

Stop your ramblin', hey, stop your gamblin',
Stop staying out late at night.
Go home to your wife and children,
Stay there by the fireside bright.
    Goodnight, Irene...

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

I asked your mother for you,
She said you was too young;
I wish to God I'd'a never seen your face,
I'm sorry you ever was born.
    Goodnight, Irene...

You caused me to weep, you caused me to mourn,
You caused me to leave my home.
But the very last words I heard you say,
I want you to sing one more song.

(from miriam berg's folksong collection)