The night was clear and the moon was yellow
And the leaves came tumbling down

I was standing on the corner when I heard my bulldog bark
He was barkin' at the two men who were gamblin' in the dark
It was Stagger Lee and Billy, two men who gambled late
Stagger Lee threw seven, Billy swore that he threw eight

Stagger Lee told Billy, "I can't let you go with that"
"You have won all my money and my brand new stetson hat"
Stagger Lee started off goin' down that railroad track
He said "I can't get you Billy but don't be here when I come back"

Stagger Lee went home and he got his forty-four
Said "I'm goin' to the barroom just to pay that debt I owe"
Stagger Lee went to the barroom and he stood across the barroom door
He said "Nobody move" and he pulled his forty-four

Stagger Lee shot Billy, oh he shot that poor boy so bad
Till the bullet came through Billy and it broke the bartender's glass

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Stagger Lee Lyrics as written by Robert C. Hunter Jerome J. Garcia

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.

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    General CommentWow - what a song! A tight portrayal of Afro-American violence. Who needs Gangster Rap when you the message is as poignant in 50's/60's music.
    bkat004on June 01, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis song is based on a true story--Stagger Lee was real and really did kill Billy over a stetson hat. Went to prison for it. Stagger's house is still standing somewhere in east St. Louis.
    hangwire13on January 13, 2006   Link
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