Wake up Irene    (video)    (intro)

 

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1. For months and months and months around the country,

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    everybody sang “Irene, goodnight”,

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    but she wouldn’t go to bed, no matter what they said,

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    though everybody tried with all their might.

 

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2. She stayed awake while steel guitars were a going,

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    in every honky-tonk she could be seen,

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    but she finally went to bed and covered up her head,

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    and now there’s not a thing can wake Irene.

 

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Wake up, Irene, you’ve slept too long,

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wake up, Irene, it’s time to move along !

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Wake up, Irene, and pay for your bed,

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wake up, Irene, or folks will think you’re dead.

 

+  instrumental = CHORUS

 

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3. Lot’s of guitar pickers by the dozen

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    sang “Goodnight, Irene” all night and day,

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    and even Crosby too with his bobobabobedo,

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    tried to get Irene to hit the hay.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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4. Well, I guess they finally sang her off to slumber,

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    they must have tried a million times or more,

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    but, oh, my aching back when she finally hit the sack,

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    man, you ought to hear that women snore !

 

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Wake up, Irene, you’ve slept too long,

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wake up, Irene, it’s time to move along !

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Wake up, Irene, and pay for your bed,

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wake up, Irene, or folks will think you’re dead.

 

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    (Hank Thompson and His Brazos Valley Boys)