St. James Infirmary Blues

Traditional, as performed by Arlo Guthrie

 

Capo 2

 

Intro:  Instrumental Verse

 

           Am (½)   E7 (½)   Am

It was down at old Joe's bar room

           Am (½)     Fmaj7 (½) C (½)   E7 (½)

At the corner      by the square

                 Am (½)   E7 (½)   Am (½)   Am/G (½)

They were serving drinks as usual

             Fmaj7 (½)   E7 (½)      Am

And the usual         crowd was there

 

            Am (½)    E7 (½)          Am

On my left stood big Joe MacKennedy

      Am (½)          Fmaj7 (½)  C (½)   E7 (½)

His eyes were bloodshot     red

                Am (½)           E7 (½)           Am (½)   Am/G (½)

And as he looked at the gang around him

             Fmaj7 (½)     E7 (½)           Am

These were the very words he said.

 

           Am (½)   E7 (½)        Am

I went down to St. James Infirmary

Am (½)            Fmaj7 (½)  C (½)   E7 (½)

     I saw my baby          there

               Am (½)   E7 (½)          Am (½)   Am/G (½)

Stretched out on a long, white table

      Fmaj7 (½)  E7 (½)    Am

So young, so   cold, so fair

 

Am (½)            E7 (½)        Am

     Seventeen coal-black horses

Am (½)           Fmaj7 (½)   C (½)   E7 (½)

Hitched to a rubber-tied hack

 Am (½)        E7 (½)          Am (½)   Am/G (½)

Seven girls goin' to the graveyard

         Fmaj7 (½)        E7 (½)    Am

Only six of them are coming back

 

 

 

 

 

 

            Am (½)        E7 (½)            Am

Let her go. Let her go, God bless her

Am (½)         Fmaj7 (½)  C (½)   E7 (½)

   Wherever she may     be

              Am (½)        E7 (½)        Am (½)   Am/G (½)

She may search this wide world over

                Fmaj7 (½)     E7 (½)    Am   

And never find another man like me

 

Instrumental Verse x2

 

Am (½)          E7 (½)    Am

        When I die just bury me

Am (½)       Fmaj7 (½)           C (½)   E7 (½)

      In my high-top Stetson hat

              Am (½)         E7 (½)                  Am (½)       Am/G (½)

Place a twenty-dollar gold piece on my watch chain

                Fmaj7 (½)    E7 (½)           Am    

To let the Lord know I died standing pat

 

           Am (½)              E7 (½)      Am

I want six crap-shooters for my pallbearers

      Am (½)         Fmaj7 (½)  C (½)   E7 (½)

A chorus girl to sing me a   song

            Am (½)          E7 (½)          Am (½)       Am/G (½)

Place a jazz band on my hearse wagon

       Fmaj7 (½)       E7 (½)       Am   

To raise hell as we roll along

 

Am (½)                       E7 (½)    Am

     Now that you've heard my story

Am (½)                        Fmaj7 (½)  C (½)   E7 (½)

      I'll take another shot of       booze

Am (½)                     E7 (½)       Am (½)    Am/G (½)

       And if anyone here should ask you

Fmaj7 (½)        E7 (½)       Am   

    I've got the gambler's blues

 

Instrumental Verse, end on Am

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

St. James Infirmary

Instrumental Verse

 
                                  Am          E7
  E |--------------------------|--0--0--------0-----------|
  B |--------------------1--3--|-----------1-----3--------|
  G |--------------------------|-----------------------0--|
  D |--------------------------|--------2-----------2-----|
  A |--------------------------|--0-----------------------|
  E |--------------------------|--------------0-----------|
       1  +  2  +  3  +  4  +     1  +  2  +  3  +  4  +  
 
       Am                         Am          Fmaj7
  E |-----------------------0--|--0--0--------5--3-----0--|
  B |--1-----------------------|--------------------------|
  G |-----2--------------------|--------------------5-----|
  D |--------2-----------2-----|--------2-----3-----------|
  A |--0-----------------------|--0-----------------------|
  E |--------------0-----------|--------------------------|
       1  +  2  +  3  +  4  +     1  +  2  +  3  +  4  +  
 
       C           E7             Am          E7
  E |-----------------0-----0--|--5--0-----0--0-----------|
  B |--------------------------|--------1-----------3-----|
  G |--------------------------|--------------------------|
  D |--------2-----------2-----|--------------------------|
  A |--3-----------2-----------|--0-----------3-----2-----|
  E |--------------------------|--------------------------|
       1  +  2  +  3  +  4  +     1  +  2  +  3  +  4  +  
 
       Am          Am/G           Fmaj7       E7
  E |--------------------------|--------------------------|
  B |--1--------------1--------|--1--1--------0-----------|
  G |-----2-----------------0--|-----------2-----1-----2--|
  D |--------2-----------2-----|--------3-----------2-----|
  A |--0-----------------------|--------------------------|
  E |--------------3-----------|--1-----------0-----------|
       1  +  2  +  3  +  4  +     1  +  2  +  3  +  4  +  
 
       Am
  E |--------------------------|
  B |--------------------------|
  G |--------------------------|
  D |--------2----------2------|
  A |--0-----------------------|
  E |--------------0-----------|
       1  +  2  +  3  +  4  +  
 
 
This file is the author's own work and represents his interpretation of this song.  It's intended solely for private study, scholarship or research.


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This file is the author's own work and represents his interpretation of this song. It's intended solely for private study, scholarship or research.

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