The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #46310   Message #2697342
Posted By: GUEST,TJ in San Diego
10-Aug-09 - 08:01 PM
Thread Name: Origin: Saint James Infirmary Blues
Subject: RE: Origin: Saint James Infirmary Blues
What a classic example of how the songs we think of as "uniquely American" have their roots in earlier Irish, Scottish or English traditional music. I remember learning "St. James Infirmary" as a 16-year-old kid and thinking it was just a classic New Orleans blues - period. The influence of black musicians, local language and a blues structure morphed it into the "American" song it became.