Saturday Night Live

Lily Tomlin & Howard Shore's All-Nurse Band

perform "St. James Infirmary"
Season 1, Episode 6: November 22nd, 1975

Patient...Lily Tomlin
Head Nurse...Howard Shore

Nurse...Paul Schaffer

Nurse Band...Saturday Night Live Band

 

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[show's opening credits]

 

Lily Tomlin sits atop Paul Shaffer's piano with a thermometer in her mouth. The SNL band, all dressed in white like nurses, surround the stage. She takes the thermometer out of her mouth....]

Lily Tomlin: It gives me great pleasure to introduce, for the first time anywhere, never seen on television, the "Saturday Night" orchestra, Howard Shore and his All-Nurse Band.


[applause and laughter... Howard Shore takes the thermometer and reads it.]

Lily Tomlin: This is head nurse Howard Shore.


[Howard takes off his glasses to get a better look.
He shakes his head, looks at Lily and says (unmiked), "It's not good."]


Howard Shore: "St. James Infirmary"?

Lily Tomlin: What did you say?

Howard Shore: "St. James Infirmary"?

Lily Tomlin: Suits me.

[Howard begins shaking down the thermometer which turns into giving a beat.]



[The band begins to play the blues... Howard is conducting with the thermometer.]

Lily Tomlin: [ singing ]
[Paul Shaffer on the piano]


"When will I ever stop moaning
When will I ever smile?
My baby went and left me
He'll be gone a long, long while.



I felt so blue and heartbroken
What am I living for?
My baby went and left me
Never to come back no more."


Band Members:


"Heart, heart, heart!

[Band members tap their hearts. Audience laughter.]


Got you, Pappy

[Band members point in rhythm. More laughter.]

Heart, heart, heart!
Mammy, too.
Heart, heart, heart!


Got your baby

[band members rock their instruments like a baby]

Heart, heart, heart!
Gonna get you."


Lily Tomlin:


"I went down to St. James Infirmary
I heard my baby groan.
I felt so broken-hearted
He used to be my own."


Howard Shore:


"Let him go, let him go,
 


God bless him


Whatever he may do.


He can look this wide world over


And he won't ever find a sweet gal like you."


Band Members:
"Heart, heart, heart!
Got you, Pappy

[As the camera pans past the band again, we see a
female band member with a fake moustache.]

Heart, heart, heart!
Mammy, too.
Heart, heart, heart!
Got your baby
Heart, heart, heart!
Gonna get you."


Lily Tomlin:


"I tried to keep from crying
My heart felt just like lead.
He was all I had to live for
I wish that it was me instead."


All Together:


"St. James Infirmary!"


[sax solo]


"St. James Infirmary!"


[sax solo]


[musical finale]

[Applause]

 


[show's closing credits]

 

 

 

See also:

 

Howard Shore
and His All Monster Band
Howard Shore
and His All Bee Band