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The night was clear, and the moon was yellow
And the leaves came tumblin' down. . .

I was standin' on the corner
When I heard my bull dog 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 a seven,
Billy swore that he threw eight.

"Stagger Lee," said 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 .44.
He said, "I'm goin' to the ballroom
"Just to pay that debt I owe."

(bridge)
Go, Stagger Lee

Stagger Lee went to the ballroom
And he strolled across the ballroom floor.
He said "You did me wrong, Billy."
And he pulled his .44.

"Stagger Lee," said Billy,
"Oh, please don't take my life!
"I've got three hungry children,
"And a very sickly wife."

Stagger Lee shot Billy
Oh, he shot that poor boy so hard
That a bullet went through Billy
And broke the bartender's bar.

Go, Stagger Lee, go, Stagger Lee!
Go, Stagger Lee, go, Stagger Lee!
(to fade)



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    UnregisteredFeb 18, 2012 at 9:01 pm
    It's barroom, not ballroom!

    Told that "this message is short! " but this is all i have to say. Hope it goes through.
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    UnregisteredDec 27, 2013 at 6:18 pm
    Real story about stack lee, many many years ago, from Missouri. Song has changed over the years, but there you have it. Guys name was stack, occasionally called stag. Don't know how the song was changed to stagger, but it works, don't it? Think maybe stack was a little hothead?
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    UnregisteredMay 23, 2012 at 1:49 pm
    This a very good song i always love it and it is steel hot today after all these years but the one verse is where stagger when he got to the ballroom just take a look how it turn the whole thing aroung just read it is that really wright but i stell love it thanks ken thompson trinity n.c. Chief

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