Stagger Lee (Lloyd Price cover)
written by: Lloyd Price

version 3:
from The NOLA Treblemakers: Back To One! (December 6th 2023) (2:45)
The night was clear
And the moon was yellow
And the leaves came tumbling down
Take chapter one. "Okay"

I was standing on the corner when I heard my bulldog bark
He was barkin at them two men that was gamblin in the dark, you wanna know who?
Well lemme tell you

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
See youtook all my money and my brand new Stetson hat
Oh here's where it gets good

Stagger Lee went home and he got his 44
Said I'm goin' to that barroom just to pay that debt I owe
Ooh, go Stagger Lee, watch him go

Stagger Lee went to the barroom
And he stood across that barroom door
Said, nobody move and he pulled his 44

Stagger Lee, cried Billy, please don't take my life
I got three baby children and a very sickly wife
Let's finish this tale out baby

Stagger Lee shot Billy
Oh, he shot that poor boy so bad
Til that bullet went through Billy and it broke the bartender's glass

Go Stagger Lee, go Stagger Lee...

version 2:
from The Monochromes: 31 Tunes (October 25th 2018) (2:31)
The night was clear
And the moon was yellow
And the leaves came tumbling down
Take chapter one. "Okay"

I was standing on the corner when I heard my bulldog bark
He was barkin at them two men that was gamblin in the dark, you wanna know who?
Well lemme tell you

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
See youtook all my money and my brand new Stetson hat
Oh here's where it gets good

Stagger Lee went home and he got his 44
Said I'm goin' to that barroom just to pay that debt I owe
Ooh, go Stagger Lee, watch him go

Stagger Lee went to the barroom
And he stood across that barroom door
Said, nobody move and he pulled his 44

Stagger Lee, cried Billy, please don't take my life
I got three baby children and a very sickly wife
Let's finish this tale out baby

Stagger Lee shot Billy
Oh, he shot that poor boy so bad
Til that bullet went through Billy and it broke the bartender's glass

Go Stagger Lee, go Stagger Lee...

version 1:
from The NOLA Treblemakers: Always Lookin' For More Treble! (March 25th 2018) (2:32)
The night was clear
And the moon was yellow
And the leaves came tumbling down
Take chapter one. "Okay"

I was standing on the corner when I heard my bulldog bark
He was barkin at them two men that was gamblin in the dark, who was they Jackie?

Well lemme tell you
Stagger Lee and Billy, two men who gambled late
Stagger Lee threw seven, Billy swore that he threw eight
What happened next Teddy?

Stagger Lee told Billy I can't let you go with that
You done took all my money and my brand new Stetson hat
What happened next Jackie?

Oh here's where it gets good
Stagger Lee went home and he got his 44
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
Said, nobody move and he drew his 44
What happened next Jackie?

Here we go
Stagger Lee, cried Billy, please don't take my life
I got three baby children and a very sickly wife
Let's finish this tale out baby

Stagger Lee shot Billy
Oh, he shot that poor boy so bad
Til the bullet went through Billy and it broke the bartender's glass

Go Stagger Lee, go Stagger Lee...

earliest live performance: January 21st 2011