The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #46310 Message #3889618
Posted By: Lighter
21-Nov-17 - 11:49 AM
Thread Name: Origin: Saint James Infirmary Blues
Subject: RE: Origin: Saint James Infirmary Blues
Steve, the two best-known tunes to "The Cowboy's Lament" (one often associated with the "Streets of Laredo" words" and the other with "Tom Sherman's Barroom") bear no resemblance that I can hear to "Rake" tunes I'm familiar with.
The exception is MacColl's "Trooper Cut Down in his Prime," which is clearly the "same" as "The Streets of Laredo" (and "The Bard of Armagh").
However, there are some less familiar tunes to variants of the "Lament" that I can't comment on offhand except to say that one or two are modal in nature.
I'm I right in recalling that the "Streets of Laredo" tune used for one of the "Dying Girl" texts on the Folkways album?