"Is there a St James' Hospital in London?
There WAS a St James' Hospital in Balham, South West London.
It was amalgamated with St Georges Hospital, Tooting and subsequently closed and then demolished.
ex-student nurse 1969-1971 "
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I fear that whatever I may try to tentatively write/formulate here , will be as balladistic and fragmentary as the "Life-affirming menace" of "St. James infirmary" itself.
I very much like what you wrote about this very particular song, which I have been completely enamora(te)d with for the last days ( for special and personal reasons Doug Duffy`s version is now the closest to me, I know, that this is not the best rendition, of course ).
Some of your words/formulations I have intuitively found as the shortest possible expression/suggestion about the truth about this song or even about Life itself.
" ´She could have looked this wide world all over, she'd never have found a sweet man like me.´ (Emphasis added.) It's actually a nicely done vocal, but that reading of the line is ridiculous, and completely misses the mysticism and the nastiness of the eternal vengeance implied by saying that even in the afterlife she'll never find such a man. " ( "Eternal revenge " !!!!! - what dimension of cosmic illumination and/or satire is opened up in this expression... )
(I could have picked up a dozen other examples too . )
My hunch about McKenneddy ´s abyss: he is eternally in love with her baby on her deathbed but only at the moment of this sight he grasps that his symptoms are of an incurable VD about which the girl in her life did not mention a word; she beeing also eternally in love with him wanted not only all carnal plesures but to ensure that this relation never looses its Life and Death romanticism....
Compare the tune/notes (the music behind )
" she'll never find a sweet man like me."
"Oh no, this is the road to Hell"
(Chris Rea: "Road to Hell")
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