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3blindmice, casey hurt, kristopher diaz – st. james infirmary blues lyrics


[spoken intro]
barkeep, barkeep!
give me another shot of that old crow
tell you a little story about my friend big joe

[verse 1]
said i was down in old joe’s bar room
right there in the square
all the usual suspects were -ssembled
big joe mckinney was there
boys i want to tell you a story
his eyes were all blood shot red
well he leaned down real low and told me
these were the words he said

i went down to st. james infirmary
i heard my baby groan
she was stretched out on a lone white table
she used to be my very own

oh let her go, let her go
god bless her
wherever she may be
she can search that wide world over
she won’t never find a meaner mind then me

[verse 2]
when i die bury me in straight laced shoes
a boxed back coat and a stetson hat
and put a twenty dollar gold chain on my daddy’s whole watch
so those boys know that those boys died standing pat

and give me six cr-p shooters for pole bearers
let a chorus girl sing me a song

put a red hot jazz band on my funeral march
raise h-ll as i roll along

roll out your old time carriage
i said, roll out your old time hat

oh, there’s twelve going down to the graveyard
and eleven are coming back

well big joe, he’s one mighty box man
but the plague took the woman he loved
like it took old king jessy before her
it will takes us all before it’s done

now that i have told my story
pour another shot of booze
and if anyone should ever ask me
well i got those st. james infirmary blues

i went down
i went down
i went down
i went down