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Azure Jane Lunatic (Azz) 🌺 ([personal profile] azurelunatic) wrote2011-08-28 12:22 am

Irene: Inevitably, a mutant song.

Hurricane Irene has been tearing up the East Coast of North America, raining hard, disrupting plans, unnerving residents, tearing some things up, killing a few people, and generally being a large storm hitting a place that is generally sturdily built but isn't really thoroughly prepared for these things.

Naturally the internet is responding. "Goodnight Irene" is a song I know well from childhood; Uncle Skippy used to sing it a lot. (I suspect part of that may have been due to Woman-Related Angst, in hindsight.) (For those unfamiliar with the song, it has cheerful themes like a married man in love with another woman who may or may not be underage depending on the version of the song, suicidal ideation, and related.)

Here's one version:

Now, the "stop your rambling, stop your gambling" verse has mutated in my head as I'm singing along. As these things do. So here I share with you:

Stop your rambling, stop your gambling
Stop staying up late online
Go home to your wife and family,
Go home to your kids, you swine.

Depending on the state of my brain when "Goodnight Irene" strikes me, the song may or may not ... mutate further.
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[personal profile] twistedchick 2011-08-28 01:52 pm (UTC)(link)
One of the many reasons I love Good Night, Irene, (besides the ease with which it's possible to make up entirely new and reasonable verses) is that Leadbelly (Huddie Leadbetter), who wrote it, knew he had a good thing, and went to half a dozen or more of the local recording studios to 'sell' them 'exclusive rights' to it. So nobody knows who owns it; he got paid a reasonable amount for the work; and so many people recorded it that it became very well known.

[identity profile] 2011-08-28 05:14 pm (UTC)(link)
In the 40s my rather conservtive parents used to sing that as a lullaby. I guess they must have cleaned it up?