Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington St. James Infirmary cover

St. James Infirmary
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St. James Infirmary Lyrics

Song Meaning
Verse 1
I went down to the St. James Infirmary
Saw my baby there
Stretched out on a long white table
So sweet, so cold, so fair
Verse 2
Let her go, let her go, God bless her
Wherever she may be
She can look this wide world over
She'll never find a sweet man like me
Verse 3
When I die, want you to dress me in straight-lace shoes
Box-back coat and a Stetson hat
Put a twenty-dollar gold piece on my watch chain
So the boys'll know that I died standin' pat

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