Music: Good Night, Irene

"This here song," the late Huddie ("Lead Belly") Ledbetter used to explain, "was made about a man an' a girl was walkin' along one Sunday evenin'. Jus' befo' this girl an' man got to de house, she said, 'You ask my mother for me, when you get home.' The man tol' her, 'All right' . . . An' he went back to de girl an' she say, 'What did mamma tell you?' He looked at Irene—her name was Irene—an' here what he said ..." Then, his coal-black face gleaming fiercely and his horny hands...

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