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Folks, I’m goin’ down to St. James Infirmary,
See my baby there;
She’s stretched out on a long, white table,
So sweet, so cold, so fair.


Let her go, let her go, God bless her,
Wherever she may be,
She will search this wide world over,
But she’ll never find another sweet man like me.


Now when I die, bury me in my straight-leg britches,
Put on a box-back coat and a stetson hat,
Put a twenty-dollar gold piece on my watch chain,
So you can let all the boys know I died standing pat.


An’ give me six crap shooting pall bearers,
Let a chorus girl sing me a song.
Put a red hot jazz band at the top of my head
So we can raise Hallelujah as we go along.


Folks, now that you have heard my story,
Say, boy, hand me another shot of that booze;
If anyone should ask you,
Tell ‘em I’ve got those St. James Infirmary blues



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Oscar Isaac performing an impromptu cover version of “St. James Infirmary Blues” along with Kraig Jarrett Johnson, Rene Lopez, Jesse Harris and Louis Schwadron at Entwine in New York City. (5th September, 2012)

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St. James Infirmary Blues

Louis Armstrong (1928 recording)

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American Gods” is the new Starz series based on the Neil Gaiman novel of the same name. It’s scored by Brian Reitzell, who’s worked on Sofia Coppola’s Lost in TranslationMarie Antoinette, and The Bling Ring. Today, Milan Records has announced the “American Gods” soundtrack, which is out digitally June 16. The soundtrack includes Reitzell’s score, as well as collaborations with Mark Lanegan, Blondie’s Debbie Harry, and Garbage’s Shirley Manson. Below, listen to a new song from the soundtrack, “Queen of the Bored” featuring Manson. Scroll down for the full tracklist.

Prior to “Queen of the Bored,” Milan shared three offerings from the “American Gods” soundtrack: Reitzell’s “Main Title Theme,” Reitzell and Lanegan’s Lead Belly cover “In the Pines,” and their rendition of “St. James Infirmary Blues,” a song popularized by Louis Armstrong.

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American Gods OST:

01 Main Title Theme
02 Out of Time
03 Gumball
04 In the Pines [ft. Mark Lanegan]
05 Shopping
06 Bilquis Gets to Work
07 Salim Waits
08 Salim and Jinn
09 St. James Infirmary Blues [ft. Mark Lanegan]
10 Queen of the Bored [ft. Shirley Manson]
11 Laura’s Affair
12 Nunnyunnini
13 Media Bowie
14 Wednesday Heals Shadow
15 Vulcan
16 I Put a Spell on You [ft. Mark Lanegan]
17 Essie Accused
18 Bilquis Orgy
19 Tehran 1978 [ft. Debbie Harry and Shirley Manson]
20 There Here Finale

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Los excéntricos viejos cartoons :)

“Koko the clown sings St. James Infirmary Blues" 

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St. James Infirmary Blues - Cab Calloway

As seen in Betty Boop’s “Snow-White” - 1933

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Key Midwestern Gothic tropes: endless fields stretching out to the horizon, location-based alienation, strange sounds and lights coming from the woods outside of town, harsh winters, tiny towns where everyone knows everyone else’s business, churches with blazing light in the dark and signs proclaiming the end of the world, bodies buried in backyards where they will never be found, and the neverending feeling that something is very wrong.

Sources for midwestern gothic (movies, tv shows, music, books) can be found under the cut. Feel free to message us with any questions, additions, or reactions after you’ve read/watched/listened to some of these:

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Cab Calloway singing “St. James Infirmary Blues” in Max Fleischer’s Betty Boop cartoon, Snow White (1933).

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Koko the Clown | “St. James Infirmary Blues” from Betty Boop’s Snow White (1933)