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

Mike Durham mikedurham_jazz at hotmail.com
Sun Nov 2 21:05:48 PST 2003

Steve, Turk (and others) have your fourth chorus as:

"Roll out your black-plumed horses
Roll out your rubber-tired hack"

I think this makes more sense than "old time hat"!


Mike D.

>From: Stephen Barbone <barbonestreet at earthlink.net>
>Reply-To: barbonestreet at earthlink.net
>To: Dixieland Jazz Mailing List <dixielandjazz at ml.islandnet.com>
>Subject: [Dixielandjazz] Put a Jazz Band on my Hearse Wagon, etc.
>Date: Sun, 02 Nov 2003 14:07:54 -0500
>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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