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Thread #46310   Message #2087959
Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
27-Jun-07 - 01:18 AM
Thread Name: Origin: Saint James Infirmary Blues
Subject: Lyr Add: ST. JAMES INFIRMARY (from Louis Armstrong
Lyr. Add: ST. JAMES INFIRMARY
Louis Armstrong, 1928, Okeh 8657

I went down to St. James Infirmary
Saw my baby there
Laid down on a long white table
So sweet, so cold, so fair.

Let her go, let her go, God bless her
Wherever she may be
She can look this wide world over
She'll never find a sweet man like me

When I die I want you to dress me in laced shoes (?)
In my black coat and Stetson hat
With a twenty-dollar gold piece on my watch chain
So God'll know I died standing pat. (So the guys will know...?)

Help needed on the questioned lines.

Arr. J. Primrose, according to the label.
Louis Armstrong and His Savoy Ballroom Five, recorded in Chicago, 12/12/28.

Personnel included former members of the Hot Seven:
Louis Armstrong, cornet and vocals; (Lil Hardin Armstrong, piano;) Baby Dodds, drums; Johnny Dodds, clarinet; Earl Hines, piano; Johnny St. Cyr, banjo; John Thomas, Trombone. The pianist probably was Earl Hines- it sounds like him.
In 1929, the personnel changed.

Several websites refer to the 1928 recording, including Wiikipedia, but they give an extended version with several verses from "Gamblers Blues" rather than the abbreviated lyrics of Louis Armstrong. These lyrics may have appeared in later Armstrong recordings.