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 'Goodnight Irene' (Lead Belly) by Kelly Joe Phelps
from 'Shine Eyed Mister Zen'

tuning: open-D DADF#AD (lap-style)
capo: 3rd fret
tempo: 100
time: 3/4

Kelly Joe teaches the song in his Homespun video :
'The Slide Guitar of Kelly Joe Phelps'

All notes played with slide.

intro:
-----
^ :Pull off
h :Hammer on
sl> or > : slide
/ : slight slide (+ 1/4 tone)
\ : slight slide (- 1/4 tone)


 D                                       G
  |     |     |       |     |     |       |     |     |       |     |     |
|>4-----------------|-4-----2-----0-----|-------------------|-5-----------------|
|----------------0--|-------------------|----------------5--|-------------------|
|-------------------|-------------------|-5-----------------|-------------------|
|-------------0-----|-------------------|-------------5-----|-------5-----0-----|
|-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|
|-0-----------------|-0-----------4-----|-5-----------------|-5-----------------|

 D                                                           A5          A#
  |     |     |       |     |     |       |     |     |       |     |     |
|-4->5->7-----------|>4-----2-----0-----|-0-----2-----4>2^0-|-2-----------0-----|
|----------------0--|----------------0--|-------------------|-------------------|
|-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|
|-------------0-----|-------0-----0-----|-------0-----0-----|-------------------|
|-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|-0-----------1-----|
|-0-----------------|-0-----------------|-0-----------------|-------------------|

 Bm7                 A                   G                   D
  |     |     |       |     |     |       |     |     |       |     |     |
|-0-----------7-----|-------------7->5--|-------------5-----|-4-----------0-----|
|----------0--------|-7--------7--------|-5--------5--------|----------0-----0--|
|-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|
|-------0-----------|-------7-----------|-------5-----5-----|-------0-----0-----|
|-2-----------------|-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|
|-------------------|-7-----------------|-5-----------------|-0-----------------|

 E                                E7     G      A
  |     |     |       |     |     |       |     |     |       |     |     |
|-------------------|-2-----------0-----|-------------------|-7-----------7>9>12|
|-------------2-----|----------2-----2--|-------------7-----|-------------------|
|-2--------2--------|-------------------|-5-sl>-7-----------|-------------------|
|-------2-----------|-------2-----2-----|-------------7-----|-------7-----------|
|-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|
|-2-----------------|-2-----------------|-5-sl>-7-----------|-7-----------------|

 D                  F#5                  D                   G
  |     |     |       |     |     |       |     |     |       |     |     |
|-12--------->4-----|-4-----------------|-------------------|-------------0-----|
|----------0--------|-------------4-----|>7-----5-----------|----------0--------|
|-------------------|-------------------|-------------5-----|---------------7/--|
|-------0-----------|-------------------|-------------------|-5/----------5>7/--|
|-------------------|-------4-----4-----|-------------------|-------------------|
|-------------------|-4-----------------|-0-----------5-----|-5/----------------|


 A                  A#7M                Bm7    A    Abdim    G
  |     |     |       |     |     |       |     |     |       |     |     |
|-------------0-----|-------------0-----|-------------------|-------------5-----|
|----------0--------|----------0--------|-0-----0-----0-----|-0-----------------|
|-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|
|-------7-----7-8>--|-------8-----8-----|-9-----7-----6-----|-5-----5-----5-----|
|-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|
|-7-----------------|-8-----------------|-9-----7-----6-----|-5-----------------|

 D                   A                   D           D/G     D           D/E
  |     |     |       |     |     |       |     |     |       |     |     |
|-4--7--------------|-------------------|-0-----------0-----|-0-----------0-----|
|----------0--9\----|----7--------7->9--|----------0--------|----------0--------|
|-------------------|-7-----------------|-------------------|-------------------|
|-------0-----0-----|-------7-----------|-------------------|-------0-----------|
|-------------------|-------------------|-------0-----------|-------------------|
|-0-----------------|-7-----------------|-0-----------5-----|-4-----------2-----|

 D
  |     |     |
|-0-----------------|
|-------------------|
|---... VERSE-------|
|-------------------|
|-------------------|
|-0-----------------|

Chords:
		D  A  D  F# A  D
		----------------
	D	0  0  0  0  0  0
	A	7  7  7  7  7  7
	G	5  5  5  5  5  5
	D/E	2  x  2  0  0  0
	D7	x  3  0  0  0  0
	Bm7	x  2  0  x  0  0
	Gm/Bb	x  1  0  x  x  0
	D/A	7  0  0  0  0  0
	Abdim	6  x  0  0  0  0

(the chords progression changes with the way he sings
 but I've only transcripted the 1st verse)

D                           A
sometimes i live in the country
         D/E      G      D   G
sometimes i live in town
        D   D7           Bm    Gm/Bb
sometimes i have a great notion
   D/A         Abdim      G    A
to jump in the river and drown

quit your rambling quit your gambling
quit staying out all night
stay at home with your wife and your family
and sit by the fireside bright

chorus:
------
irene  goodnight, irene goodnight
goodnight irene goodnight irene
i will see you in my dreams

i asked your mother for you
but she said you were too young
i wish that i'd never seen your face
i wish i was never born, i wish i was never born

[chorus]

i love irene, god knows i do
i'm gonna love her 'til the sea run dry
if i can't have irene with me tonight
i might take morphine and die, i might take morphine and die

[chorus]

 

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