Friday, August 26, 2011

Goodnight, Irene (by Suzie)

You cause me to weep, you cause me to mourn
You cause me to leave my home
-- "Goodnight Irene"
My thoughts are with the people on the East Coast tonight. I also want to acknowledge my friends in New Orleans and on the Gulf Coast who must be feeling a bit of PTSD, watching this huge hurricane.

As usual, I try to find female singers who bring a different perspective to songs made famous by men, which, in this case, would be Lead Belly. Before him, Gussie L. Davis sang a similar song. In some versions, the man wants a girl/woman who is too young for him, and he threatens to kill himself if he can't have her.