Mudcat Café message #56405 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #8912   Message #56405
Posted By: Banjer
30-Jan-99 - 07:26 AM
Thread Name: Origin: Goodnight Irene
Subject: RE: Goodnight Irene Origin
The story I heard was that the original was written by a prisoner in a Texas jail located near the town of Irene. The last thing he would see before going to sleep would be the lights of the city, and missing his freedom or contact with those he loved would say good night to "Irene". Another story along same vein is that of the Midnight Special. The story on that has it that only by being outside the prison could the train's light shine on a person as it passed by; hence the plea "let the Midnight Special shine it's everloving light on me" Don't know for sure, but that's what folklore is made of. My information comes from a musician known as VGO.