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Goodnight Irene

Leadbelly

 DA7
 Asked your mother for you
 D
She told me that you was too young
 G
I wish, dear Lord, that I'd never seen your face
 DAD
I'm sorry you ever was born.

CHORUS:
 DA7
 Irene, Goodnight
 D
Irene, Goodnight
 G
Goodnight, Irene, Goodnight, Irene
 DAD
I'll get you in my dreams.

 DA7
 Sometimes I live in the country,
 D
Sometimes I live in town.
 G
Sometimes I haves a great notion
 DAD
To jump into the river and drown.

CHORUS

 DA7
 Stop ramblin' and stop gamblin'
 D
Quit staying out late at night
 G
Go home to your wife and your family
 DAD
Stay down by the fireside bright

CHORUS

 DA7
 I loves Irene, God knows I do
 D
Love her till the sea runs dry
 G
If Irene turns her back on me
 DAD
I'm gonna take morphine and die

NOTES:
-i wouldn't put too much effort into getting it to sound exactly like leadbelly for a
reasons: he's playing a 12 string and so has the octave-high drones on every string, he
likely playing a guitar tuned at least a full step down or possessive of poor quality
heads that slipped constantly with the travel he did, and the original recording was
on wax cylinder so the fidelity is considerably less than perfect which gives it that
rough acoustic blues edge but makes it a pain to mimic. plus blues tradition was more
on individual artists giving their own touches to a lot of communal traditional songs,
fool around with it and make a version you can really call your own.

-the first instance of the IV chord (here an A) in the verses is always a 7th, but the
instance is not. the recording was too old and grainy for me to be 100% certain of this,
the second instance is only held for a split second anyway so i doubt anyone will
if you like to play it faster you can probably get away with the old blues trick of
the A chord instead of actually playing it by just hitting (x022xx), (x02xxx) or any
simple voicing of A.

-for a nice, subtle variation you can substitute Gsus (320033) for the G wherever you
didn't experiment with how this sounds in other keys with other suspended chords because
supposed to be writing an essay for literature class and i'm really just tabbing this to
:-P

tabbed by the-ian


A A7 D G
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