[Dixielandjazz] Put a Jazz Band on my Hearse Wagon, etc.

Stephen Barbone barbonestreet at earthlink.net
Sun Nov 2 14:07:54 PST 2003

Brian Wood asked about the quote:

"Put a jazz band on my hearse wagon, Raise Hell as I roll along."

See below lyrics to St. James Infirmary Blues. Not sure who first
uttered them.

Steve barbone

St. James Infirmary traditional

 It was down in Old Joe's barroom,
 On the corner by the square,
 The usual crowd was assembled
 And big Joe McKinney was there.

 He was standing at my shoulder.
 His eyes were bloodshot red;
 He turned to the crowd around him,
 These are the very words he said:

 "I went down to the St. James Infirmary
 I saw my baby there,
 She's laid out on a cold white table,
 So so cold, so white, so fair."

 "Let her go, let her go, God bless her;
 Wherever she may be
 She may search this wide world over
 She'll never find a sweet man like me."

 Oh, when I die, bury me
 In my high top Stetson hat;
 Put a twenty-dollar gold piece on my watch chain
 God'll know I died standin' pat.

 I want six crap shooters for pall bearers.
 Chorus girl to sing me a song.
 Put a jazz band on my hearse wagon.
 Raise Hell as I roll along.

 Roll out your rubber tired carriage,
 Roll out your old time hat.
 Twelve men going to the graveyard
 And eleven coming back.

 Now that I've told my story,
 I'll take another shot of booze.
 And if anyone should happen to ask you,
 I've got those gamblers' blues.

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