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Goodnight Irene

Lead Belly

        Written by Ledbetter & Lomax


INTRO: INSTRUMENTAL (D - D7- G- E7- A -A7 - D ) (PLAY OVER BELOW):

(D)Goodnight Ir (D7) ene, 
Good-(G) night Ir (E7) ene, 
I'll (A) see you (A7) in my (D) dreams


VERSE ONE / VOCAL

(D) Last Saturday night I got (A) married
Me and my (A7) wife settled (D) down
Now me and my (D7) wife have (G) parted (E7)
Gonna (A) take another (A7) stroll down (D) town.

CHORUS / VOCAL

(D) Irene, Good-(A) night
Ir (A7) ene,  Good-(D) night
Goodnight Ir (D7) ene, 
Good-(G) night  Ir (E7) ene, 
I'll (A) see you (A7) in my (D) dreams


TURNAROUND :INSTRUMENTAL( over the following):

I'll (A) see you (A7) in my (D) dreams.


VERSE TWO / VOCAL

(D) Sometimes I (D7) live in the (A) country
Sometimes I (A7) live in (D) town
Sometimes I (D7)  take a fool (G) notion (E7)
To (A) jump in the (A7) river and (D) drown.

CHORUS / VOCAL 

(D) Irene, Good-(A) night
Ir (A7) ene,  Good-(D) night
Goodnight Ir (D7) ene, 
Good-(G) night  Ir (E7) ene, 
I'll (A) see you (A7) in my (D) dreams


TURNAROUND: INSTRUMENTALLY

(D)Goodnight Ir (D7)ene, 
Good-(G) night Ir (E7) ene, 
I'll (A) see you (A7) in my (D) dreams


CHORUS / VOCAL

(D) Irene, Good-(A) night
Ir (A7) ene,  Good-(D) night
Goodnight Ir (D7) ene, 
Good-(G) night  Ir (E7) ene, 
I'll (A) see you (A7) in my (D) dreams


VERSE THREE / VOCALS

(D) Stop ramblin '(D7) , stop (A) gamblin'
Stop stayin' out (A7) late at (D) night
Go home to your (D7) wife and that (G) family (E7)
And (A) stay by the (A7) fireside (D) bright.


REPEAT CHORUS / VOCALS

(D) Irene, Good-(A) night
Ir (A7) ene,  Good-(D) night
Goodnight Ir (D7) ene, 
Good-(G) night  Ir (E7) ene, 
I'll (A) see you (A7) in my (D) dreams


CHORUS REPEAT / VOCALS

(D) Irene, Good-(A) night
Ir (A7) ene,  Good-(D) night
Goodnight Ir (D7) ene, 
Good-(G) night  Ir (E7) ene,