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Thread #46310 Message #2770925
Posted By: MGM·Lion
22-Nov-09 - 01:15 AM
Thread Name: Origin: Saint James Infirmary Blues
Subject: RE: Origin: Saint James Infirmary Blues
I posted this not long since on another thread [it was indeed what made Peace cough his coffee all over his keyboard as ref'd above by Quokka 14 threads back] - but venture to repeat it here as at least equally relevant but doesn't seem to have been mentioned thruout this thread:-
Streets of Laredo, [& also its variant Lee Tharin's Barroom sung so inimitably by Hedy West]: all part of the huge Unfortunate Rake/Young Man·Girl Cut Down In Prime/St James Hospital·Infirmary family of songs; which have the charming, & almost universal, attribute of the demand for the Funeral With Full Military Honours* even where not the least appropriate, as with gamblers-girls-cowboys — tho why, right from the start when it often was a Young Soldier/Sailor, he should have thought that dying of the pox warranted such a display of Military Glory has never been quite clear to me.
*or anyhow a variant thereof in form of high·crown·stetson·hats, gold·dollar·pieces·on·watchchains & so forth...