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"St. James Infirmary Blues" is an American folksong of anonymous origin, though sometimes credited to the songwriter Joe Primrose (a pseudonym for Irving Mills). Louis Armstrong made it famous in his influential 1928 recording.
st. james infirmary blues
it was down at old joe's bar room
at the corner by the square
they were serving drinks as usual
and the usual crowd was there.
on my left stood big joe mackennedy
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 st. james infirmary
saw my baby there
she was streached out on a long white table
so young, so cold, so fair.
let her go! let her go, god bless her.
where ever she may be
she may search this wide world all over
but she never find another sweet man like me.
when I die just bury me
in my high-top stetson hat
place a twenty-dollar gold piece on my watch chain
place a chorus girl to sing me a farewell song
let the lord know I died standing pat.
now that you've heard my story
I'll take another shot of your finest booze
and if anyone here should ask you
I've got the gambler's blues.