The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #46310   Message #2267531
Posted By: GUEST
20-Feb-08 - 12:32 PM
Thread Name: Origin: Saint James Infirmary Blues
Subject: RE: History of Saint James Infirmary Blues?
My band does a faster version with drums and a strong electric guitar that goes something like this:

It was at old Joe's bar room
In the corner by the square
They was servin' whiskey as usual
The usual crowd's down there

On my left stood big Joe McKennedy
Well his eyes they were blood shot red
He turned his face to those people
These are the very words he said

Now I went down to St. James Infirmary
And I saw my little baby there
An' she was stretched out on this big white table
So sweet, cold and so fair

Well let her go let her go dear God bless her
Wherever she may be
She can search this whole wide world over
Never find a sweet lovin' man like me

Now when I die just bury me
In my 300 dollar Stetson hat
Put a twenty five dollar gold piece on my watch chain
The boys will know I died standin' pat

Well let her go let her go dear God bless her
Wherever she may be
She could search this whole wide world over
Never find a sweeter man than me

I want the crap shooters to be my pallbearers
Now get me 8 pretty chorus ladies to sing me this song
Drive a jazz band behind my hearse wagon
We'll raise hell as we roll along

Now I went down to St James Infirmary
Don't you know I had to leave my little baby girl down there
Now I go open another bottle of booze
Well I guess I got the St James infirmary blues