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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 (oh Stagger Lee) told Billy, (oh Stagger Lee)
I can't (oh Stagger Lee) let you go with that (oh Stagger Lee)
You have won all (oh Stagger Lee) my money and my brand new (oh Stagger Lee)
(oh Stagger Lee) Stetson hat (oh Stagger Lee) (oh Stagger Lee) (oh Stagger Lee)

Stagger Lee (oh Stagger Lee) went home (oh Stagger Lee)
And he got his forty-four (oh Stagger Lee) (oh Stagger Lee)
Said, I'm goin' to (oh Stagger Lee) the barroom just to pay that (oh Stagger Lee)
Debt I owe (oh Stagger Lee)

Stagger Lee went to the barroom
And he stood across the barroom door
He said, nobody move and he pulled his
Forty-four, Ooh

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

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

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Gaddi Brooke

the night was clear
and the moon was yellow
and the leaves come tumbling down
i was standing on the corner
when i heard my bulldog bark
he was barking at the two men
who were gambling 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 cant let you go with that
you have won all my money
and my brand new stetson hat"

go stagger lee
stagger lee went home
and he got his 44 said,
"im going to the bar room
just to pay that debt i owe"

stagger le went to the bar room
and he stood across the bar room door
said,"now nobody move"
and he pulled his

"stagger lee," cried billy
"oh please dont take my life.
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

now look out,stagg,come on.

All comments from YouTube:


RIP and long live Lloyd Price (March 9, 1933 - May 3, 2021), aged 88
You will always be remembered as one of the greats and a legend.

Ninja kitty

Nooooo! Really? He was so talented.


In 1998 he said he never drank, used drugs or had bad habits.
Stagger Lee, I love that song! Excellent New Orleans jazz and blues. RIP

Dwight Love

This man was the FATHER OF GANGSTA RAP before the term was ever invented.

Sherry Turner

That was my father on the drums. I remember meeting Mr. Price, such a lovely man.

Mary Dean

Wow Amazing Sweet Memories you must have ❤ thanks for Sharing and thanks for posting a great song
Ol couple way down in TX 52yrs ❤

Thistle Gal

I'm so sorry for your loss. Your dad and Mr. Price gave and still give me great memories and happiness.

Joseph Trojak

@Sherry Turner part of rock you have any of his drums??


That's amazing and I believe it about Mr. Price. My mother had met him when she was younger and said the same🥰
I remember learning how to dance in the kitchen w my mom and this was my favorite song to dance to. Still my go to after 40 years🙏🏽🎙🎶🎵👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾

Richard Kinney

Love that your dad was drumming this great song. Be proud!

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