Goodnight Irene
Frank Sinatra Lyrics


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Irene goodnight, Irene goodnight, goodnight Irene, goodnight Irene,
I'll see you in my dreams.
Last Saturday night I got married, me and my wife settled down,
Now me and my wife are parted, I'm going to take another stroll downtown.
Sometimes I live in the country, sometimes I live in the town,
Sometimes I have a great notion, to jump into the river and drown.




Overall Meaning

The opening lines of Frank Sinatra's song "Goodnight Irene" are a traditional American folk-song, expressing a deep sadness at the parting of ways. It suggests that the singer has either parted with his lover or is about to leave her for good. The line "I'll see you in my dreams" indicates that he will always carry her memory in his heart and mind, even though they are no longer together.


The second verse of the song narrates the story of the singer's recent marriage, which apparently did not work out as planned. He is now separated from his wife and looking to spend some time alone, hence the reference to "taking another stroll downtown". The third verse presents a somewhat morbid thought from the singer's mind, as he contemplates the idea of suicide. The line "Sometimes I have a great notion, to jump into the river and drown" is a bleak reminder of the singer's mental state, which may have led him to push away his wife and seek comfort in the bottom of the river.


Overall, the song conveys a message of deep longing, heartbreak, and self-doubt, which are universal emotions that have been expressed in countless songs throughout history.


Line by Line Meaning

Irene goodnight, Irene goodnight, goodnight Irene, goodnight Irene
Saying goodbye to Irene.


I'll see you in my dreams.
Hoping to see Irene in his dreams.


Last Saturday night I got married, me and my wife settled down,
Recently got married and settled down with his wife.


Now me and my wife are parted, I'm going to take another stroll downtown.
Separated from his wife and going out for a walk.


Sometimes I live in the country, sometimes I live in the town,
Moves between living in the city and the countryside.


Sometimes I have a great notion, to jump into the river and drown.
Feeling overwhelmed and contemplating suicide by drowning.




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Comments from YouTube:

Jeremy Lansman

I first heard this when I was a child.

Luis Antonio Garcia Gastelum

En un tianguis me encontré este disco de vinilo.. alguien de casualidad sabe cuanto podría valer? $$😊

Joe Palka

No poor Frank. His wounds were self described nflicted. I agree this is terrible but it was a moderate hit. Novelty songs and the similar were the rage. Hot Diggity, etc.

LRN_News

What's wrong with it?

Barry I. Grauman

Recorded on June 28, 1950.
You get the feeling MItch would have preferred to feature his vocal group instead of Frank? ;)

helaina400

Frank made no secret of the fact that he couldn’t stand Mitch.

Barlow Palminteri

The dark ages. Poor Frank corralled among Miller’s herd.

Kindness Yet

Jim Reeves sang it better, I do like Frank though.

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