St James Infirmary Blues

from Imaginary Medals by candythief

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At was down in old Joe's bar room,
At the corner by the square
You know the drinks were served as usual,
And the usual crowd was there

Now on my left stood big Joe McKennedy,
His eyes were bloodshot red
And as he looked at the gang around him,
These were the very words he said

I went down to the St. James Infirmary,
I saw my baby there
Stretched out on a long white table,
So young, so cold, so fair

Seventeen coal black horses,
Hitched to a rubber-tired hack
Seven girls goin' to the graveyard,
Only six of them are coming back

Well let her go, let her go,
God bless her, wherever she may be
She may search this wide world over,
And never find another man like me

Now when I die just bury me
In my high top stetson hat
Place a twenty dollar gold piece on my watch chain,
To let the Lord know I died standing pat

I want six crap shooters for my pallbearers,
And a chorus girl to sing me a song
Place a jazz band on my hearse wagon,
Just to raise hell as we roll along

Well now that you've heard my story,
I'll take another shot of booze
And if anyone here should ask you,
I got the gamblers blues!


from Imaginary Medals, released March 30, 2018
Lyrics and music: Trad, with lyrical additions
by Arlo Guthrie
Vocals/guitars/arranging - Diana de Cabarrus
Drums/percussion - Jem Doulton
Produced by John Wills at The Imaginarium




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