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Stagger Lee
Lloyd Price Lyrics


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 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, cried Billy
Oh, please don't take my life
I've got three little children and a very
Sickly wife

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

Lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Downtown Music Publishing
Written by: HAROLD LOGAN, LLOYD PRICE

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Mariano Wallace

My father is credited as the Sax Soloist on this track " Allen Red Wallace" w/ The Don Costa Orchestra, miss you Pops!

Sharon Sienaski

Oh man! That SAX!

Benjamin Hicks

THAT SAX SOLO HAS SO MUCH SOUL....IT IS SO POWERFUL.....AS FOR ME THE SAX SOLO IS JUST AS IMPORTANT AS THE STORY LINE ITSELF......WHAT OTHER SONGS CAN YOUR FATHER BE HEARD ON?

Mike Hyrczyk

Mariano where was Don Costa Orchestra from ? Dad was great player bro !!

midnightwriter79

Your dad rocked!

DIAMONDBIRD4

from one sax player to another... that's cool

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Lloyd Price Music

Thank you for sharing my song!

Matthew Bedlion

Thank you for making it Sir....

Sandra Streifel

MariYah Israel: This is adapted from a traditional African-American song, about the murder of Billy Lyons by “Stagger” Lee Shelton, at the end of the 19th Century. Some of the details have been changed (Billy had 2, not 3 children, for example) but Mr. Shelton was convicted of this crime in a court of law. He died in prison.

Keith Russell

Love it

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