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Thread #46310   Message #3889095
Posted By: Jim Carroll
18-Nov-17 - 05:49 AM
Thread Name: Origin: Saint James Infirmary Blues
Subject: RE: Origin: Saint James Infirmary Blues
There isn't a songs=that dated back centuries Karen - as Ihave said, but there is evidence of a number of hospitals bearing the name 'St Jameses' specialising in the treatment of venereal diseases, the earliest being the one that preceeded St James's Palace
I know what Tom's repertoire was (backwards) and I knew how he learned them
- none were adapted from pop songs or the blues
As far ias the latter was concerned, Tom was a devout, if unassuming Catholic who would be very influenced by this when he was learning his songs
His sister sang songs she had learned before she left Irland and sent the words of the ones Tom hadn't back to him
You may take my word for it - Tom probably never heard a blues singer in his life, let alone took songs from them
Do you honestly think Tom's version can be realated in any way to a blues version?
For crying out loud Karen - are you really surprised that people are rude to you?
You are trying to fit a very squate peg into a very round hole
Jim Carroll