St. James Infirmary (Cover)

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This is a very old song preformed by many great musicians.


I went down to Old Joe's bar-room
Down on the corner by the square
They were serving drinks as usual
And the usual crowd was there
In the corner sat big Joe McKennedy
His eyes were bloodshot red
As he turned to address the crowd around him
These were the very words that he said:

"I just went down to St. James Infirmary
to see my baby there
She was laid out on that long white table
So cold, so pale, so fair.
Let her go, let her go, god bless her!
Wherever she may be
Let her search that whole wide world over
She'll never find a man as sweet as me...
She'll never find a man as sweet as me.

When I die, won't you bury me
In my high-top Stetson hat?
Put a twenty-dollar gold piece on my watch chain
So the gang'll know I died standin' pat
I want six crapshooters for pallbearers
Pretty gals to sing me a song
I want a jazz band on my hearse wagon
Raising hell as we roll along!
Oh, to raise hell as we roll along!

When I find the man who took her from me
It's gonna be my life or his
A two-man showdown at that old graveyard
But only one of them men comin' back!"

So now that you've heard my story
Have another shot of the booze
And if there's anything anybody could ask him
He's got the St. James Infirmary Blues...


from S​.​G. EP, released January 17, 2015



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