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GUEST,Norman Strand Lyr/Chords Req: St. James Infirmary (26) RE: Lyr/Chords Req: St. James Infirmary 16 Jun 12


Here are the words I learned from a book my brother had in about 1967. I do not know the author or title of the book.

I went on down to Saint James Infirmary
And I saw my baby laying there
She was wrapped up on that long cold white table
So cool so calm so fair

I went up to see the doctor
She's very low he said
Went back to see my baby
Good God she's laying there dead

Went down to Joe's old bar room
On the corner by the square
They were serving drinks as usual
And the usual crowd was there

On my left was old Joe McKennedy
And his eyes were blood shot red
He turned to the crowd around him
And this is what he said

Let he go, Let her go God bless her
Where ever she may be
Saint James Infirmary Blues
I don't remember the way the notes were written down, I tend to sing it adlibbing the melody. There is a piano version with no words in Les Joies du Boogie et du Blues (the Joy of Boogie and Blues) by Denes Agay and Gerald Martin.

She may search this wide world over
But she'll never find a better man than me

When I die I want to be buried
In my high top Stetson hat
But a twenty dollar gold piece on my watch chain
So the boys will know I died standing pat

Get six long black gamblers to carry my coffin
Six chorus girls to sing me a song
Put a twenty piece jazz band on my tail gate
To raise hell as we roll along

Now that's the end of my story
Now that's the end of my song
If any one should ask you
What's wrong with that fool in the corner
Just tell them I've had the Saint James Infirmary blues to long


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