Mudcat Café message #425760 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #8912   Message #425760
Posted By: McGrath of Harlow
26-Mar-01 - 10:29 AM
Thread Name: Origin: Goodnight Irene
Subject: RE: Goodnight Irene Origin
To double the confusion, Woody Guthrie's "Roll on Columbia" and "So long it's been good to know you" both use variants on the tune (at least that's how the DT sees it - I think in the latter case it's stretching it a bit).

But I reckon it's a tune that's been around a few times, as good tunes normally are. (For example the tune Huddie used for "Pick a bale of cotton" is always turning up in Irish and Scottish tune sessions, though I can never remember what it's called.)