"St James Infirmary Blues"

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2018/11/26 03:11:19 (permalink)

"St James Infirmary Blues"


 
There are probably close to a dozen versions of this song, all with different lyrics. Irving Mills was the writer although he borrowed heavily from earlier songs. Mills himself wrote several versions of it. This is his second version, which I always thought was the best, though few people sing this one.
 
St. James Infirmary Blues
(Words and music by Irving Mills)
 
I went down to St. James Infirmary
And saw my baby there
Stretched out on a long white table
So cold, so sweet, so fair
 
I tried to keep from crying
My heart felt just like lead
She was all I had to live for
How I wished it was me instead
 
Let her go, let her go, God bless her
Wherever she may be
She could have searched this wide world over
And never found a man as sweet as me
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    Wayfarer
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    Re: "St James Infirmary Blues" 2018/11/26 03:22:07 (permalink)
    A few things i should have pointed out:
     
    I'm tuned down a whole step. It's hard to do that with nylon strings without the intonation being off. Hopefully it's not too bad.
     
    I'm recording with the guitar going to the left channel and the vocal to the right on the same wave file. You can watch this happen in Audition on the monitor behind me as I'm playing. (And as you can see I did a few takes prior to this one.) I of course separating the two channels later and processed them separately, although obviously some of the guitar bled into the vocal mic, which is fine. "Leakage is my friend," as Peter Frampton used to say. The guitar went in direct. It has a built-in Fishman Aura and it sounds quite good going direct.
     
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    Re: "St James Infirmary Blues" 2018/11/26 09:54:46 (permalink)
    Wayfarer
     
     
    Yes, I'm getting old! 60 next March.
     
    Bill


    Very nicely done, young man (you're still 3 years behind me )
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    Re: "St James Infirmary Blues" 2018/11/26 11:46:01 (permalink)
    Very nicely done Bill ... and you have the right kind of voice to pull this song off ... Acc guitar sounds great as is your playing .... loved it!
     
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    Re: "St James Infirmary Blues" 2018/11/26 14:27:44 (permalink)
    lovely Bill.
    I dunno how you can pick like that and sing at the same time - brilliant.
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    Re: "St James Infirmary Blues" 2018/11/26 15:17:54 (permalink)
    Enjoyed this Bill, the vocals/guitar translated very nicely on the headphones.

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    Re: "St James Infirmary Blues" 2018/11/26 16:35:37 (permalink)
    Very nice, Bill.
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    Re: "St James Infirmary Blues" 2018/11/26 16:35:48 (permalink)
    Boy, lots of geezers in this forum. No wonder they're shutting us down. 
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    Re: "St James Infirmary Blues" 2018/11/26 19:27:12 (permalink)
    That was really good Bill, quite spine-tingling actually. Lovely vocal, with a hint of Jim Croce.

     
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    Re: "St James Infirmary Blues" 2018/11/26 19:45:43 (permalink)
    Brilliant and impressive, very well done! I also like how you didn't drive the headstock into the speakercone. Like I did once.
     
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    Re: "St James Infirmary Blues" 2018/11/27 14:44:22 (permalink)
    You are clearly one of those guys who can go into a studio, track a few times at most, and be done with it. Well done. Nice sound coming from both you and that Godin.

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    Re: "St James Infirmary Blues" 2018/11/27 20:31:53 (permalink)
    LOVE Jim Croce. Time in a Bottle was one of the first songs I ever learned. I was just watching some videos of him the other day. Loved Maury Muehleisen's playing too. He was an early influence on me as much as Jim was.
     
    Tom, you don't know how close I've come to doing just that on many occasions. These are the best monitors I've ever heard, so that would just kill me if I wrecked them.
     
    Star, this was a very easy song. I originally sat down to record a medley of Infirmary / Bridge of Sighs / Baby Elephant Walk, but I messed up the lyrics on the first verse of Sighs and decided to just do Infirmary or I might have been all night.
     
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    Re: "St James Infirmary Blues" 2018/11/28 04:53:46 (permalink)
    sad song. :(  Nicely done though.

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    Re: "St James Infirmary Blues" 2018/11/29 08:41:32 (permalink)
    Hi, Bill,
     
    Dynamite job on this very tasty blues cover!
     
    Excellent finger picking, the nylons on that Godin sound perfect for the style, and your vocals were absolute dynamite!
     
    The video was great, too, and the intimacy of the guitar and vocal mix gave me the vibe of sitting in a 70's folk coffee house, right up front by the stage.
     
    Really nice work, Bill, great stuff, buddy!
     
    Have a good one,
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    Re: "St James Infirmary Blues" 2018/11/29 16:24:39 (permalink)
    That was really cool - I enjoyed that.  Excellent guitar playing and vocals.  I have never heard this song before, so thanks for sharing.
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    Re: "St James Infirmary Blues" 2018/12/02 18:23:48 (permalink)
    Lovely version - well sung.
     
    Enjoyed it very much.
     
    Thanks for sharing.
     
    Good Job!
     
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    Re: "St James Infirmary Blues" 2018/12/08 18:30:18 (permalink)
    Man that's a great and honest recording. I love the sound of that Godin.

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