Sad Days

American democracy was already on the ropes. But now, with the passing of Justice Bader-Ginsberg, many of the progressive advances that have been so painfully obtained are at risk. We also have the added concern that the Supreme Court may no longer serve as a brake on authoritarianism. The country may take a turn down a right wing dead end. It’s a sad state of affairs.

So, let’s have a good cry, and then let’s get back in the ring and fight for democracy. Here’s another addition to the St. James Infirmary Compendium so you can get a good cry and then move on.


I went down to old Joe’s bar room, on the corner of the square
The drinks were served as usual, and the usual crowd was there
In the corner sat old Joe McKennedy, and his eyes were bloodshot red
I sat down at the table right beside him, and these were the words he said
I went down to St. James infirmary, I saw my baby there
She was stretched out on a long white table,
So young, so cold, so bare
Let her go, let her go, God bless her
Wherever she may be
She may search this whole wide world over
She’ll never find a sweeter man as me
When I die please bury me in my good suit, the blue one, double-breasted
Put a twenty dollar gold piece on my watch chain
So the boys’ll know I went standing pat
Get out the crepe and the flowers, get out that old rubber-tired hack
‘Cause there’s seven men going to the graveyard
And only six be coming back
Note from the editor:
The above is Bumba’s decidedly unofficial version of the lyrics. For some reason, Bumba always throws in the line about being buried in a “blue suit double breasted”. Also, he always seem to throw in that sardonic verse about “seven men going to the graveyard and only six be coming back”. Such is the folk music process, and such is Bumba’s sense of humor. The editor hopes you will sing along anyway. 


2 thoughts on “Sad Days

  1. I think it is terrible what is happening in America. It looks like a fascist take-over. I just hope things work out in November.
    I see Trump is looking for someone young so they’ll be there for decades. Hypocrisy and injustice. If the Democrats were doing that there would be crazed mobs.

    1. “What if Obama had tried to do that?” was a lament we used to hear at first, but we’ve already grown inured to this “inprecedented” Presidente.

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