Good Night, Hurricane Irene — Rev. John DeLore

Artists, News, Rev. John DeLore — By on August 28, 2011 3:06 pm

As a Florida native, I’ve been through a handful of major hurricanes. Now, living in the Georgia Piedmont, I’ve also experienced the horrifying fury of a tornado. It tore off the top of my neighbor’s house and obliterated my aluminum shed, which I never did find, not one piece of it.

Nature truly is — to use a word tossed around much too often these days — awesome. Among the uprooted ancient oaks, the smashed cars, the flooded streets, the lives turned upside-down and the lives lost, there are artists creating beauty from impending chaos and destruction.

So many of us have heard the song in our heads lately, that old Leadbelly classic, “Good Night, Irene,” and seen numerous images of the title spraypainted on plywood boards nailed over windows. Now, Brooklyn singer/songwriter Rev. John DeLore has taken that song and tweaked the lyrics, giving it a timely Gotham City theme, a musical plea to spare the island metropolis. DeLore recorded a solo acoustic version around 3pm yesterday (Aug. 28), emailed it to a number of his musician friends across the city’s five boroughs, who in turn recorded additional parts and emailed them back to him. DeLore (a part-time sound engineer with WNYC’s Studio 360) then mixed the 19 tracks (there’s even a Glockenspiel!) for the final version, all of it conceived, recorded and produced within a 10-hour span.

DeLore added a note to Irene. “Thanks for not knocking the electricity out while we were putting this together.”

Listen to Rev. John DeLore’s first two albums at his Bandcamp page.

Hurricane Irene lyrics:
On Saturday night, she got angry.
She stormed up the Long Island Sound.
But still she had some tears to shed
So she headed for New York town.

Irene, good night. Irene, good night.
Good night, Irene. Good night, Irene.
I’ll see you in my dreams.

My baby lives in Manhattan,
But the trains are all shut down.
I’d swim across the East River.
But I fear that I might drown.

Irene, good night. Irene, good night.
Good night, Irene. Good night, Irene.
I’ll see you in my dreams.

Irene she rides the Cyclone,
She cries on Jersey shore awhile
She stops to play in Far Rockaway,
And dances on Staten Isle.

Irene, good night. Irene, good night.
Good night, Irene. Good night, Irene.
I’ll see you in my dreams.

Stop your rumbling, stop your cryin’
Stop your thunder don’t turn out the lights.
Go to sleep out on the Ocean
Can’t you hear us sing, Good Night.

Oh, Irene, good night. Irene, good night.
Good night, Irene. Good night, Irene.
I’ll see you in my dreams.
credits
released 27 August 2011
John Betty Bettencourt – Bass, Vocals
Michele Bettencourt – Vocals
Willie & Erin Breeding – Vocals (from the Borough of Nashville!)
Carraway – Guitar, Vocals
Meghan Cavan – Vocals
Lindsay Cummings – Vocals
Doran Danoff – Piano, Vocals (from the Borough of Beverly Hills!)
John DeLore – guitar, vocals
John Ladeau – Lead Guitars
Allison Leyton-Brown – Piano, Vocals
Steve Lewis – Trombone
Brent Follis – Drums
Aya Kato — Melodica, Vocals
Rick Kwan – Wurlitzer
Jesse Singer – Vocals
Chris Soper – Vocals
Tess Walsch – Vocals
Jasmine Wigandt – Vocals
Lavinia Wright – Glockenspiel

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