The Songs He Sang
St. James Infirmary: Lyrics
As performed by Cisco Houston
It was in old Joe's bar room On the corner by the square Well, the drinks they were served round as usual And the usual crowd was there Now, on my left there stood big Joe McKennedy, And his eyes were bloodshot red And he looked at the gang around him And these are the very words he said I went down to the St. James Infirmary I saw my baby there She was stretched out on a long white table So cold, so pale, and fair Let her go, let her go God bless her, wherever she may be She can ramble this wide world over And never find another man like me Now when I die please bury me In my high top Stetson hat Just put a $20 gold piece on my watch chain So the gang will know I'm standing pat I want six crap-shooters for my pall bearers And a chorus girl to sing me a song Put a jazz band on my hearse wagon Just to raise hell as we roll along And now that you have heard my story I'll take another shot of booze If anyone should happen to ask you Well I've got the gambler's blues
What a vocal! His smooth and silky voice lends a perfect tone to this grim tale about a guy who's lost his girl and starts planning his funeral. I'd take another shot of booze as well... the ravages of syphilis await and there's not a thing to be done.