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St. James Infirmary

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In this lesson, we'll play through the whole song, complete with the melody solo as the Intro.

Remember, the melody solo mirrors the verse in terms of chord changes, so as you play along with me, feel free to toss it in at any time while I sing a verse. It's a great way to practice!

St. James Infirmary

//: Am / E7 / Am / Am /

/ Am / Dm / E7 / E7 /

/ Am / E7 / Am / Am /

/ Dm / E7 / Am / E7 ://

It was (Am) down in (E7) old Joe's (Am) bar-room (Am)

On the (Am) corner (Dm) by the (E7) square (E7)

The (Am) drinks were (E7) served as (Am) usual (Am)

And the (Dm) usual (E7) crowd was (Am) there (E7)

Now on my left stood big Joe McKennedy
His eyes were bloodshot red
And he looked at the gand all around him
These were the very words he said

* I went down to the St. James Infirmary
I saw my baby there
Stretched out on a long white table
So cold, so pale and fair

17 coal black horses
Hitched to a rubber tired hack
7 girls going to the graveyard
Only 6 of them coming back

Let her go, let her go, God bless her
Wherever she may be
She can ramble this wide world over
And never find another man like me

Now when I die, please bury me
In my hightop Stetson hat
Put a 20 dollar gold piece on my watch chain
So the Lord will know I died standing pat

I want 6 crap shooters for my pall bearers
And a chorus girl to sing me a song
Put a jazz band on my hearse wagon
Just to raise hell as we roll along

Now that you heard my story
I'll take another shot of booze
If anyone should happen to ask you
Well I've got the gamblers blues

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