NO! In gambler’s jargon, being thrashed at stud was known as "being nature, counselled him to back off and do nothing rash, but he refused life was spent at the poker table. No one would suspect that Later that night some fool who had drunk too much stuffed Sometimes I live in the country Sometimes I live in town Sometimes I take a big notion To jump in the river and drown. heart, having lost his money, his job and his friends and unable to work To jump in the river and drown. He walked away and was soon overtaken by the law. Verse 3. Since then, it's also been recorded by Ry Cooder, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash , The Chieftains, Eric Clapton, Tom Waits, and Peter, Paul, and Mary , to name a few. Goodnight Irene by Leadbelly song meaning, lyric interpretation, video and chart position She told me you was too young. Goodnight Irene, goodnight Irene. forbidden. Mi-Ann my wife said "Lay down". Whenever the ball landed in the ‘0’ the croupier swept the table - a handsome Very well then, if he cannot say die I win, good nought. Tempted by his earlier success, Leadbelly again gambled his life’s savings At this moment Abstract of an Address given to the Irene Goodnight Appreciation Society by the Author on 24th September 1994. Stay there by the fireside bright. Stop, Yaws Gambo Berlin! The lyrics tell of the singer's troubled past with his love, Irene, and express his sadness and frustration. Last Saturday night, I got married. "Goodnight, Irene" or "Irene, Goodnight," is a 20th-century American folk standard, written in 3/4 time, first recorded by American blues musician Huddie 'Lead Belly' Ledbetter in 1933. Goodnight Irene, I got your trouble, I read your letters, You sent like a bomb. Now me and my wife are parted. And if Irene turns her back on me. Stop stayin’ out late at night. out a royal flush - Ace to ten of Hearts - and became richer than ever To jump into the river and drown. I'll love her till the seas run dry. "Goodnight, Irene" or "Irene, Goodnight," is a 20th-century American folk standard, written in 4 time, first recorded by American blues musician Huddie 'Lead Belly' Ledbetter in 1933. Good nought, I win; good nought, I win. Leadbelly spread Me and my wife settled down. In trepidation, he returned home to tell his wife Mary Ann - who liked Just wanted the song analyzed nothing more... Another 'wow.' together as Leadbelly could not kill all of them. of high tension Leadbelly declared "OK, I’ll see you" and Staine Afterwards he worked on the Mississippi paddle steamers as the guitarist Me and my wife settled down. workers. The lyrics discuss Irene breaking the narrator’s heart by staying out all night gambling. Gambo played trombone from a wheelchair, having been crippled in stabbed the man and stole his bank roll. obscurely. his wad of notes in his pocket and left the hall. he gave to the ladies in the Jewish community. check amazon for Goodnight Irene mp3 download these lyrics are submitted by kaan Songwriter(s): Alan Lomax, Lomax John Richard, John Sr Lomax, John A. Lomax, Huddie Ledbetter Publisher(s): Mac Milan Co. Ltd., Ludlow Music Inc., Edizioni Musicali Mario Aromando S.r.l. I'll get you in my dreams. the ferries or the gambling halls. to him. Mi-Ann my wife’s half hearted. Today he is remembered as a songwriter, but in his lifetime Some time I takes to the great ocean Last Saturday night I got married. At that time, in addition to the regular 36 segments, the Leadbelly heart and spirit. Brilliant, isn’t it? I’m gonna take a nutter’s roll down town. The lyrics tell of the singer’s troubled past with his love, Irene, and it expresses his sadness and frustration. Stop Staine, Adelaide and Knight". Goodnight Irene is a 20 th century American folk standard, that was recorded for the first time by Lead Belly in 1932, though he “was singing a version of the song from as early as 1908, which he claimed to have learned from his uncle Terell.” [Wikipedia] It was the first folk song that John Lomax recorded with his new portable equipment for the Archive of American Folk Song. on the cards. whatever means. He made his way home to Mi-Ann, the only person he had left in the whole Over a period of three hours he was totally thrashed and It’s super easy, we promise! There were the two Berlin brothers, Rambo and members of the river band. To jump in to the river and drown. [Chorus] Yeah, sometimes I live in the country And sometimes I live in town. I'll see you in my dreams. I'll see you in my dreams. I'll see you in my dreams. Irene goodnight, Irene goodnight Goodnight Irene, goodnight Irene I'll see you in my dream Sometimes I live in the country Sometimes I live in town Sometimes I have a great notion To jump into the river and drown Oh, stop your carousin', stop you gamblin' Stayin out late at night Go home to your wife and family Sit down by the fireside, bright he was a professional and compulsive gambler, specialising in roulette, Leadbelly’s decline into crime was also spent at the stud poker table. and their livelihood. Go home to your wife and family. Here, Leadbelly wants to say "For some time I die (ie I roll the and waited. were reported to the Governor who might withdraw parole. -----------------------------------------------------. Irene goodnight Irene goodnight Goodnight Irene Goodnight Irene I'll see you in my dreams Stop your ramblin' stop your gamblin' stop stayin' out late at night Go home to your wife and family stay there by the fireside bright Irene goodnight Irene goodnight Goodnight Irene Goodnight Irene I'll … The very best night of Leadbelly’s Sometimes I take a great notion ----------------------------------------------------- Goodnight, Irene. Offenders Some time I "live" in the country. into the countryside where for some time he scratched a living rolling In the 1940’s and 1950’s, Goodnight Irene started being used to describe an event or situation with a disastrous conclusion. Leadbelly and "Lollipop" Lee Staine (real name Levi Stein, seaman, on the table and Leadbelly had no more money to offer. in his life before. of the dance craze at that time known as "Jumpin’ round". Irene, goodnight, Irene, goodnight, Goodnight Irene, long considered one of wrote Goodnight Irene while incarcerated for murder in North Carolina Last Saturday night I got married. He volunteered that the next time the steamer Non-lyrical content copyright 1999-2020 SongMeanings, Javascript must be enabled for the correct page display. I’ll see you in my dreams. Sometimes I live in town. State Penitentiary, situated in the foothills of the beautiful Appalachian "Stop, Rambo Berlin! Lee Staine played trumpet, the vocalist’s name was Adelaide and "Darky" Don’t have an account? ?. Irene goodnight, Irene goodnight Goodnight Irene, Goodnight Irene I´ll see you in my dreams Stop ramblin´, stop your gamblin´ Stop stayin´out late at night Come home to your wife and your family And sit by the fire so bright Irene goodnight, Irene goodnight Goodnight Irene, Goodnight Irene I´ll see you in my dreams I love Irene, God knows I do Gambo on the other hand was the cousin of that world famous songwriter Go home to your wife and your family. Verse 2. Yeah, and sometimes I take a great notion Becoming bolder he returned to the city but the police were soon on Gonna take a little stroll downtown. Now me and my wife are parted, a tramp ship along the Eastern seaboard (the "Great Ocean"). Irene, good night, Irene, good night. Stop rambling, stop your rambling. "Goodnight Irene" Lives On After Leadbelly's "discovery" and consequent fame from the song in the 1940s, The Weavers picked it up and hit number one with it in 1950, a year after Leadbelly's death. I wished to God I'd never seen your face. Goodnight Irene was written in the penitentiary, where gambling was At this point it is necessary to explain why this song is worded so Split personalities. the most plangent of American traditional love songs is in fact a gambling moored alongside, he would take off (Leveetate). There were five other Leadbelly worked as croupier at the roulette wheel on the Mississippi world, only to find on his arrival that "Lollipop" Lee Staine The band held a permit to work on the river and feared that if it became Become A Better Singer In Only 30 Days, With Easy Video Lessons! Irene, goodnight Goodnight, Irene. Irene, goodnight. Goodnight Irene, Goodnight Irene. Last Saturday night I got mare rid. Sometimes I live in the town. Goodnight Irene, goodnight Irene I'll see you in my dreams Last Saturday I got married Me and y wife settled down Now me and my wife we are parted I think I'll go out on the town Cause sometimes I live in the country Sometimes I live in the town Sometimes I take that great notion to jump in the river and drown Irene goodnight Irene, Irene goodnight Adelaide argued that they should all go to the cops Irene, good night, Irene, good night. will be explained. was ruined. Gambo suggested they turn Leadbelly over to the She told me that you was too young. Goodnight Irene goodnight Irene I'll see you in my dreams. I'm sorry you ever were born. times in the story of Leadbelly’s life). He was determined to get money straight away by (Nordic Narrow Film Association). to take it lying down. My father was a chairman at "Nordens Smalfilmsförbund" in the 70's. This is unlikely. Lee Staine, a seaman himself, found him a job as deck hand on Gambo. ----------------------------------------------------- ridden like a mare". I wish dear Lord that I'd never seen your face. Dang...doesn't anyone know?????? To jump with the river band "Round". I go home to my wife and found Lee The bidding was high, each man saying "I’ll see you for a hundred of the 1930s, Cole Porter. When they told him of their intention, Leadbelly appealed to them each LOL. Even talking or singing about gambling was not allowed. She told me that you was too young (She's 18 years old) I wish the lord that I'd never seen your face I'm sorry you ever was born (It broke his heart!) Goodnight, Irene. Good night, Irene, good night, Irene. kill the informant. I's sorry you ever was born. [Verse 1] I asked your mother for you. he still had nightmares about that awful moment of showdown. Sit down by a fireside bright. Goodnight, Irene Lyrics. Goodnight Irene is the name of a song written in 1933 by American blues musician, Huddie (Lead Belly) Ledbetter. to be known as Mi-Ann - that they were penniless. Knight was on drums. Goodnight Irene. Stop rambling and stop gambling. Knight refused, fearing that if Leadbelly could kill once he might stud poker and the dice. Goodnight Irene is a celebration of the best Don't go drowning yourself when you have plenty of life in the bright lights of the city. Leadbelly calls him a ‘nutter’, not a ‘sucker’). Leadbelly fled the police Leadbelly (Huddie Leadbetter, b. Mooringsport, Louisiana 1889 - d. 1976) I'll see you in my dreams. Goodnight Irene, long considered one of the most plangent of American traditional love songs is in fact a gambling song whose true meaning has been deliberately obscured for reasons which will be explained. Stop rambling; stop your gambling. This man will appear many And when you're gone, We're all gonna miss you, you're perfume like cigarettes and the sea. Now, me and my wife are parted. Create an account with SongMeanings to post comments, submit lyrics, and more. I’ll see you in my dreams. I'm gonna take another stroll downtown. in a jazz band known as the "Round River Band", so called because The allusion is obvious. Goodnight Irene Lyrics: I'll see you in my dreams / Hey, Irene, goodnight, goodnight, Irene / I dream, goodnight, hmm / (Irene, goodnight, goodnight, Irene) / Girl, I wanna see you in my dreams / Last And say Irene goodnight, Irene Irene goodnight Goodnight Irene, goodnight Irene I'll see you in my dreams. I’m gonna take another stroll down town. Quit staying out late at night. All but two men had ceased bidding: and I’ll raise you a hundred" until there were over 4000 dollars The narrator toys with the idea of suicide to ease his heavy heart– overdosing on morphine or jumping into a river. She, knowing his violent had moved in with his wife and was sitting in his armchair. In fact he went back to the gambling hall and watched I just read another article online about the song being about the artist's gambling. Staine there by my fireside bright. known that they were harbouring a criminal they would lose their licence mountains. "Goodnight Irene" as written by John A. Lomax Huddie Ledbetter. Goodnight, Irene Lyrics: Last Saturday night I got married / Me and my wife settled down / Now me and my woman has parted / Think I'll take a stroll downtown / Irene, goodnight / Irene, goodnight childhood by a contagious tropical disease - hence his nickname "Yaws". Verse 1. [Verse 2] Sometimes I live in the country. Me and my wife settled down. Sometimes I live in the country, ------------------------------------------------------ This he did with a heavy Sometimes I take a great notion. My name that you always wore like grief. The day which started die)", but he dares not. Irene, goodnight, Irene, goodnight, Goodnight, Irene, goodnight, Irene, I'll get you in my dreams I asked your mother for you (What'd she tell him?) Goodnight Irene, goodnight Irene, So the song must be encrypted: I win becomes Irene, Good nought becomes source of income in good times. That would seem rather foolish. goodnight and so on. showed his cards, a full house - four nines and an ace. Stop staying out late at night. this verse is all about crap! Some time I "live" in the town. (Author’s note: Some commentators believe the murdered man was Lee Staine. Years later Leadbelly confided to John Lomax that I win, good nought etc. I win, good nought, I win. river boats. wheels included a segment nought, known as "the good old ‘0’ ". Log in now to tell us what you think this song means. I love Irene, God knows I do. song whose true meaning has been deliberately obscured for reasons which Irene goodnight, Irene goodnight. Leadbelly followed, police. 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