James Infirmary is a partially live album by American folk and blues singer Dave Van Ronk, released in 1983. It was re-released on CD in 1996 as Statesboro Blues by EPM Musique. The first seven tracks were recorded live. Intro" (Van Ronk) – :30. "Green Green Rocky Road" (Robert Kaufman) – 3:25. Jesus Met the Woman at the Well" (Reverend Gary Davis) – 6:30. Somebody Else But Me" ( Van Ronk) – 3:40. Come Back Baby (Let's Talk It over One More Time)" (Walter Davis) – 3:20.
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James Infirmary Blues is an American jazz song of uncertain origin. The melody is 8 bars long, unlike songs in the classic blues genre, where there are 12 bars. It is in a minor key, and has a 4/4 time signature, but has also been played in 3/4.
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Like on most of her releases, St. James' pleasant and inoffensive presentation throughout the 12 songs could easily find their way onto the soundtrack or background music found on any prime time teen soap opera on the UPN or WB networks. And the music is so contemporary and the lyrics sometimes so ambiguous, it's easy to forget where her message is coming from and what it's all about.
The melody is the Armstrong version, although there are other melody lines (one of which is Streets of Laredo ) which Walker discovered on a disc entitled The Unfortunate Rake: A Study In The Evolution of A Ballad, containing 20 songs and extensive notes by Kenneth S. Goldstein. The Streets of Laredo melody appears as St. James Hospital on a disc by musicologist Alan Lomax. More on Irving Mills at JazzBiographies.
I went down to St. James Infirmary Saw my baby there She was stretched out on a long white table So cold, so sweet, so fair. Let her go, let her go! God bless her wherever she may be She can look this wide world over But she'll never find a sweet man like me ( Laughter braggin'). When I die bury me in straight lace shoes I want a box-back coat and a Stetson hat (John . that is) Put a twenty dollar gold piece on my watch chain So the boys will know that I died standin' pat. More on Genius. About St. James Infirmary Blues. St. James Infirmary is a traditional American folk.