The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #46310 Message #3889633
Posted By: Steve Gardham
21-Nov-17 - 01:25 PM
Thread Name: Origin: Saint James Infirmary Blues
Subject: RE: Origin: Saint James Infirmary Blues
Brian, that's interesting as the Adams version is a 'Young girl cut down' variant. Somewhat bizarrely I used this tune myself as the B music of a tune I put together in jig time and had only heard it sung as a waltz before. I actually collected a full version of 'The Sailor Cut Down' to that tune.
I think I already hinted at this but all of the earlier British 'Young Girl cut down' variants have no mention of any hospital until we get to the Somerset version collected in 1936 which has 'Bath Hospital'. I think there would be a lot to learn from a detailed study regarding the likely transmission routes. It is interesting how the songs have passed almost freely between genders.