Staggerlee
by Mississippi John Hurt

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Police officer, how can it be?
You can arrest everybody but cruel Staggerlee
That bad man, oh, cruel Staggerlee

Billy D'Lyon told Staggerlee, "Please don't take my life,"
Says, "I got me two little babes, and a darlin' lovin' wife"
He's a bad man, oh, cruel Staggerlee

"What I care about you little babes, your darlin' lovin' wife?"
He said, "You done stole my Stetson hat, I'm bound to take your life"
He's a bad man, oh, cruel Staggerlee

Boom, boom...boom, boom, with a .44
When I spied poor Billy D'Lyon, he was lyin' down on the floor
That bad man, oh cruel Staggerlee

Standing on the gallows, Staggerlee did curse
The judge said, "Let's kill him, before he kills some of us"
He's a bad man, oh, cruel Staggerle

"Gentleman of the jury, what you think of that?"
Said, "Staggerlee killed Billy de Lyon about a five-dollar Stetson hat"
He's a bad man, oh, cruel Staggerlee

Standing on the gallows, head way up high
At twelve o'clock they killed him, they was all glad to see him die
He's a bad man, oh, cruel Staggerlee

Police officer, how can it be?
You can arrest everybody but cruel Staggerlee
That bad man, oh, cruel Staggerlee