St. James Infirmary Blues

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(oh koko)
well, folks, I'm goin' down to St. James Infirmary
to see my little lady there
she's stretched out on a long, white table,
well she looks so good, so cold, so fair

let her go, let her go, God bless her
wherever she may be
you may search this whole wide world over
but you'll never find another sweetheart like me

take apart your bones and put 'em back together
tell your mama that you're somebody new
feel the breeze blowin'
tell 'em all look out here it comes
now I can say whatever I feel like to you

then get me six crap shootin' paul bearers
let a chorus girl sing me a song
[put a ....?]
hallelujah as we go along

well, folks, now that you have heard my story,
say, boy, hand me another shot of that rye
and if anyone else should ask you
just tell 'em I've got some of those St. James Infirmary blues

[J. Primose's 'St James Infirmary']

I went down to Saint James Infirmary
to see 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 another man like me

When I die, bury me in straight -laced shoes
a voxback coat and a Stetson hat
put a twenty dollar gold piece on my watch chain
so the boys will know that I died standing bad

Performed by The White Stripes
Written by J. Primrose


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These lyrics also include a verse from [The Unfortunate Rake].