Hurricane Irene reminded me of an old love song that I used to sing when I was just a little kid, without really understanding its meaning. Today, as the storm grazes the US east coast, many of the words seem prophetic:

Irene goodnight, Irene goodnight
Goodnight Irene, goodnight Irene
I’ll see you in my dreams

Sometimes I live in the country
Sometimes I live in town
Sometimes I have a great notion
To jump into the river and drown

Quit ramblin’ and quit gamblin’
Quit stayin’ out late at night
Stay home with your wife and family
Sit down by the fireside bright

I asked your mother for you
She told me you was too young
I wished to God I’d never seen your face
I’s sorry you ever was born

I love Irene, God knows I do
I’ll love her till the seas run dry
And if Irene turns her back on me
I’d take morphine and die

You cause me to weep, you cause me to mourn
You cause me to leave my home
But the very last words I heard her say
Was “Please sing me one more song”

Irene goodnight, Irene goodnight
Goodnight Irene, goodnight Irene
I’ll see you in my dreams

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