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Thread #46310   Message #2088607
Posted By: mrdux
27-Jun-07 - 06:05 PM
Thread Name: Origin: Saint James Infirmary Blues
Subject: RE: History of Saint James Infirmary Blues?
Q --

I hear the Armstrong lyrics as follows:

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

* * *

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

I may have a recording of this at home and will listen more closely if I do.

(also a long-time fan of the Red Hot Jazz site)