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    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.

    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.