|Lyrics:||1948, Xmas eve, with a full moon over town|
Stagger Lee shot Billy DeLions
And he blew that
poor boy down.
Do you know what he shot him for?
What do you make of that?
Billy DeLions threw the lucky dice
Won Stagger Lee's Stetson hat.
Bayo, Bayo, tell
me how can this be?
You arrest the girls for turning tricks
But you're scared of Stagger
Stagger Lee is a madman and he shot my Billy D.
Bayo go get him or give the job to
Delia DeLions, dear sweet Delia-D
How the hell can I arrest him? He's twice as
big as me.
Well don't ask me to go downtown, I won't come back alive [no more].
is that mother big but he packs a .45 [four].
Bayo, Delia said, just give me a
he shot my Billy dead now I'm gonna see him hung.
She went into the DeLion's club
through Billy DeLions blood
Stepped up to Stagger Lee at the bar,
Said, "Buy me a gin
As Stagger Lee lit a cigarette she shot him in the balls
Blew the smoke
off her revolver, had him dragged to city hall
Bayo, Bayo, see you hang him high
my Billy dead and now he's got to die.
Delia went a walking down on Singapore
A three-piece band on the corner played "Near My God to Thee"
But Delia whistled a
different tune, what tune could it be?
The song that woman sung was "Look Out Stagger
The song that Delia sung was "Look Out Stagger Lee