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Thread #46310   Message #3889439
Posted By: Big Al Whittle
20-Nov-17 - 09:06 AM
Thread Name: Origin: Saint James Infirmary Blues
Subject: RE: Origin: Saint James Infirmary Blues
Thankyou Brian. That's very good of you to explain that.

When I said - what are the consequences, I don't mean the consequences for mankind.

I meant what are the consequences for us as people who sing these songs...

there are a lot of songs about funerals, Brian. Finnegans Wake, Barbara Allen, Teenage Cremation..... If I add a verse about six pall bearers to these songs do they become related to The Streets of Laredo and St James's Infirmary?

Talking of Hamish Imlach - I wonder if you remember how he used to do Black is the Colour - like a blues song, really swinging that Aminor chord. always sounded odd to me.

if we had the all important DNA tests and St James's infirmary is proved to be Irish. What are the consequences - shall we add a verse about hurling, drop a few begorrahs into the lyrics....?