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Stagger Lee
by Wilson Pickett

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

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Jerome J. Garcia, Robert C. Hunter

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Ignacio Vela Layna

The best Stagger Lee version by far


Nick's version wasn't telling a story. It was reaching way too hard for shock value with extreme details that were outside the scope of the lore that was Stagger Lee.
So yeah.... Cave's was entertaining, but bizarre and a crappy telling of a largely unrelated story.
Sorry @Potato Boy

Edit: Btw, Picket's version is my second favorite.
My first will have to remain Lloyd Price's.... mostly because of the more solid rock'n'roll cadence of the song, even though it was basically a cover of this one.

Mark Trela

Wow! This song has lots of miles on it, but damn if it still doesn't drive real good!


Best version of tis song I've heard, irst tim I heard it was 69,

Shane Woodbury

The Wicked Wilson Pickett!

Jamar Douglas

Nice song love it lo:D

Anne Greta Olsen


Danny Cunningham

Amazing, fantastic and i want the bass tabs what playing Proper Soul!!


First time I've heard this version,  Can't fault it.

Anne Greta Olsen

My God how I love that song! ❤❤❤

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