St. James Infirmary

This is another version of the St. James Infirmary theme. A different tune, and a different sort of story. Sad of course, but in a different way. In this case the narrator happens to be walking past the St.James hospital and “spies an old cowboy “- “an old cowboy as cold as the clay”. The dying cowboy then proceeds to prop himself up on one elbow and to sing the following dirge – which Bumba sings here in an off-key, crackling, dry, old voice (apologies offered) Truly a tour de force of dramatic story-telling. Except for the fact that it’s really my voice! Yikes! Well, here it is for your listening pleasure or displeasure. Check out Doc Watson’s rendition, which is sterling of course.

8 thoughts on “St. James Infirmary

      1. I passed through New Jersey once. It was raining sheets. I think I was more frightened than anything. So, I would have to say, uh, no.

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