artist: Fats Domino 1953

by: fats domino
songwriter: Traditional

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