And the leaves came tumblin' down. . .
When I heard my bull dog bark.
He was barkin' at the two men
Who were gamblin' in the dark.
Two men who gambled late.
Stagger lee threw a seven,
Billy swore that he threw eight.
"I can't let you go with that.
"You have won all my money,
"And my brand-new Stetson hat."
And he got his .44.
He said, "I'm goin' to the ballroom
"Just to pay that debt I owe."
Go, Stagger Lee
And he strolled across the ballroom floor.
He said "You did me wrong, Billy."
And he pulled his .44.
"Oh, please don't take my life!
"I've got three hungry children,
"And a very sickly wife."
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!