SNL Transcripts: Lily Tomlin: 11/22/75: Lily Tomlin & Howard Shore’s All-Nurse SNL Band perform “St. James Infirmary”



 Saturday Night Live Transcripts


  Season 1: Episode 6






75f: Lily Tomlin

Lily Tomlin & Howard Shore’s All-Nurse SNL Band perform “St. James Infirmary”

…..Lily Tomlin
…..Howard Shore
…..SNL Band

[ Lily Tomlin sits atop Paul Shaffer’s piano. The SNL band, all dressed in white like nurses, surround the stage ]

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. This is head nurse Howard Shore.

[ Howard Shore enters scene ]

Howard Shore: “St. James Infirmary”?

Lily Tomlin: What did you say?

Howard Shore: “St. James Infirmary”?

Lily Tomlin: Suits me.

[ band begins to play ]

Lily Tomlin: [ singing ]“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!
Got you, Pappy
Heart, heart, heart!
Mammy, too.
Heart, heart, heart!
Got your 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
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!
St. James Infirmary!”

[ SUPER: “Coming up Next… Juan Corona Remembers” ]

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Author: Don Roy King

Don Roy King is directing his fourteenth season of Saturday Night Live. That work has earned him nine Emmys and thirteen nominations. Additionally, he has been nominated for thirteen DGA Awards and won in 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019. Mr. King is also the creative director of Broadway Worldwide which brings theatrical events to theaters. The company has produced Smokey Joe’s Café; Putting It Together with Carol Burnett; Jekyll & Hyde; and Memphis, all directed by Mr. King. He completed the screen capture of Broadway's Romeo & Juliet in 2013. - LinkedIn

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