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Thread #54970   Message #1350379
Posted By: GUEST,Jeff B.
07-Dec-04 - 06:08 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: St. James Infirmary
Subject: Lyr Add: ST JAMES INFIRMARY (from Doc Watson)
I got this version from the Doc and Merle Watson compilation (and commemorative) album "Remembering Merle", and I believe the lyrics are more or less exactly the same ones Doc has sung on every other recording of this tune I've heard over the years:

I went down to that St James Infirmary
Heard my baby groan
Nobody there could cheer me
Cause I'd know'd that she'd soon be gone

And as I stood there 'a grievin'
My heart felt just like lead
'A knowin' that she'd soon be leavin'
And wishing that it was me instead

Then I went out to old Joe's bar room
All the boys were there
Nobody understood my troubles
Cause nobody seemed to care

Then I went back to the St. James Infirmary
All was still as night
There was my baby on a long white table
She was pale and cold and white

I put my hand on her pretty face
Felt cold like marble stone
And I know'd that no woman could ever take her place
Lord and it made me feel so alone

Well yes she's gone, she's gone, God bless her
Wherever she might be
If she'd look this wide world over
She'd a never found a friend like me

Give me my box back coat, and my button shoes
When you lay me down to sleep
Put a bad hand of cards up in my lapel
Set my old guitar right down by my feet

I went down to that St. James Infirmary
Heard my baby groan
Nobody there could cheer me
Cause I know'd that she'd soon be gone