A couple of years ago I did some research into the song “St. James Infirmary,” wrote up what I found, emailed that essay to friends and posted it on my web site (as part of a series of “Letters From New Orleans,” as I was living in that city at the time). Based on the feedback, I wrote a second version of the essay, and asked for more feedback. Based on that, I wrote a third version.
And now, this site: A place to collect some of the links, leads, thoughts, and suggestions relating to the song that readers (from Finland, The Netherlands, Australia, Spain, England, Sweden, Canada, and all over the U.S.) have sent me. This may lead to a fourth and significantly expanded version of the essay, some day. Also on this site: Plenty of tangents.
Never heard “St. James Infirmary”? Start here.
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