The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #46310 Message #3889809
Posted By: meself
22-Nov-17 - 02:27 PM
Thread Name: Origin: Saint James Infirmary Blues
Subject: RE: Origin: Saint James Infirmary Blues
There's nothing to say the speaker is NOT a pimp - my point is simply that he is not necessarily a pimp.
For many years, the only version I knew of this song was that recorded by Earl Hines, which is probably the Armstrong one, which I still haven't gotten round to. Anyway, it's stripped down to four verses (I went down; Let her go; When I die; I want six crap-shooters). I find it powerful poetically - at least as much so as many poems that have the academic seal of approval.
Earl Hines: St. James Infirmary Blues