Inquiries into the early years of SJI

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Ruminations on "Let Her Go"

Readers of this blog will be familiar with quite a few recent entries discussing various incarnations of the verse that begins "Let her go, let her go, God bless her."

Over at No Notes, Rob Walker has posted a lengthy rumination on "St. James Infirmary" and its "Let Her Go" verse. As always, his writing is vivid and captivating. I too had been pondering the almost - or seemingly - haphazard injection of the "let her go" sentiment, and how it gives the song its peculiar aura. Rob's conclusion is well worth reading, but I advise none to rush to the end of his narrative - there is great pleasure to be had in the journey.

2 comments:

Jason R. Tippitt said...

Composer/arranger Blake Leyh and friends have put together a recording of "St. James' Infirmary" for the upcoming New Orleans-based HBO drama TREME.

You can hear it at Leyh's site:

http://www.blakeleyh.com/

Robert W. Harwood said...

Thanks for that. I have listened to this and like it very much. Alas, this blog focuses - with very few exceptions - on the early history of SJI. So it would be unusual for me to make a post about this. However, keep an eye on:
http://nonotes.wordpress.com/
as I believe he will be posting something about this fine version of the song.

Thanks again!