St. James Infirmary Blues


Audio recording of S:t James Infirmary:

Lazy John – Song & Mandolin

Steve Howard – Acoustic Guitar

Arne Nilsson – Bass

Mac Djerf – Harmonica

key: Bb Capo 2

Intro:Instrumental Verse


[Am]It was down in [E7]old Joe’s [Am]Barroom, 

On the corner [Dm]by the [Am]square,  [E7]

[Am]They were [E7]serving drinks as [Am]usual, 

And [F7]the usual [E7]crowd was [Am]there


On my left stood Big Joe McKennedy

And his eyes were bloodshot red

And he looked at the crowd around him

These were the very words he said:


I was down to St. James Infirmary

I saw my baby there

She was stretched out on a long white table

So pale, so cool and so fair


Instrumental verse


Seventeen coal-black horses

Hitched to a rubber-tied hack

Seven girls goin’ to the graveyard

Only six of them are comin’ back


Let her go, let her go, God bless her

Where ever she may be

She may search this whole world over

Never find another man like me


When I die, just bury me

In my high-top Stetson hat

Put a twenty dollar gold piece on my watch chain

To let the Lord know I died standing pat


Instrumental verse


I want six crap shooters for pall bearers

A chorus girl to sing me a song

Put a jazz band on my hearse wagon

To raise hell as we roll along


And now that you’ve heard me story

I’ll have another shot of booze

And if anyone here should to ask you

I’ve got the gamblers blues


Instrumental verse