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Steve Earle Goodnight Irene Lyrics

Last updated: 04/12/2014 06:48:57 PM

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

Sometimes I live in the country
Sometimes I live in town
Sometimes I have a great notion
To jump into the river and drown

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

Quit ramblin' and quit gamblin'
Quit stayin' out late at night
Stay home with your wife and family
Sit down by the fireside bright

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

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

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

I love Irene, God knows I do
I'll love her till the seas run dry
And if Irene turns her back on me
I'd take morphine and die

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

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
Was "Please sing me one more song"

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




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I married Irene | Reviewer: Wayne Kuhn | 4/13/14

I married Irene, but her real name is .... Now, like in the Beatles song "Yesterday" I'm not half the man I used to be!

My Irene inspired me to write this poem:

Would that I could, I'd say that I love you
Would that I could
Would that I could I really would love you
Oh! Yes I would

Would that I could I'd go back in time
I'd change the things that changed my mind
I'd love you still, say love is blind
Would that I could, I would

Would that I could I'd say that I love you
Would that I could
Would that I could, I really would love you
Oh Yes I would!

Would that I could, I'd forget the past
Forget it all-I'd never more ask
Forgivings are done, but forgettings don't last
But, would that I could, they would

Would that I could I'd say that I love you
Would that I could
Would that I could, I really would love you
Oh yes I would!

Would that I could, I'd wake from a dream
And know what happened is an unreal thing
But, I'll never know the joy that would bring
Still, would that I could, I would.

Would that I could I'd say that I love you
Would that I could
Would that I could, I really would love you
Oh Yes I would!

Would that I could, but No! I shan't
For the thing that were done
You can't just repent, still would that I could,
My love I would grant, would that I could,
But...I CAN'T!

Didn't Hank Williams make a rechording of this song. | Reviewer: Michael Semones | 4/12/14

I think the first time I heard this song was back in the early 50s. I was sitting in the back seat of our car and my father had the Grand Ole Opera on the radio. We were coming home from a trip to the mountains to see my grand parents. I can still hear that song in my head. Must be about 60 years or so.

The first time I heard this song... | Reviewer: Anonymous | 4/3/14

I just heard this song for the first time the other day. My grandma, named Irene just died the day before. Most of the lyrics are not too fitting, but the main verse is the last line of the speech I am giving at her memorial later this month.

My Sister Irene | Reviewer: Margaret Kasper in Colorado | 1/4/14

Our Dad named my sister "Irene" so he would sing this with us when we went on long car rides. But this is the verse that I remember us singing: Last Saturday night I got married Me and my wife settled down Now me and my wife are parted Gonna take another walk down town

Irene good night, Irene good night,
goodnight Irene, goodnight Irene,
I'll see you in my dreams

HAUNTING COMMENTS | Reviewer: Anonymous | 10/12/13

Creepy? I think not. It is a haunting song, but it someone spilling out his inner thoughts and urges-- which we all possess. We either suppress or put it out into the sunlight on the clothesline for all to bear witness. No, that is nowhere near "creepy"... and then the comparison to Irene of the song and the hurricane, which alludes to a "hope" that the rest of us don't feel like the be-troubled young man expressing his desire for the young Irene who has captured his fancy.... Where oh where oh do people come up with these contorted comments full of narrow condemnation. A song is a soul. Listen to the soul. What a really creepy song? Listen to "I will follow you, every step you take, every move you make..." yes, scary, but no more so than "Mack the Knife"... c'mon, these are real tales of life. Don't judge based on today's newly created "politically correctness" in every move we make, every step we take.

Last line of the chorus | Reviewer: Mike from Shreveport | 10/2/13

He seems to actually be singing, "I'll GET you in my dreams," meaning that he's fallen for her, but she's too young, so he can only "get her" in his dreams. It's actually a bit creepy if you think about it.

Goodnight Irene. | Reviewer: ben | 9/20/11

I bought a Huddy Leadbetter LP in the 50's; the first or one of them, and played it and played it. I loved his songs but couldn't understand some of his words; I think he sang "I guess you're in ma dreams". I'll never forget him.

A child | Reviewer: Anonymous | 8/27/11

I was a small child when my father first sang this to me. I learned all the words, but today, as the east coast of the US is being haunted by Hurricane Irene, I could only remember a verse or two. So, of course, I had to look it up and see all the verses. It's a haunting song, like the haunting hurricane is it's namesake. May we all not feel how the songwriter did about Irene. God Bless us all. May Irene die out in the ocean and not in our hearts!!!!!!!!!!!!