Grateful Dead Lyrics

Overview / Lyrics (see all) / Photos / Videos / News

Stagger Lee Lyrics

from Shakedown Street

"Stagger Lee" is track #4 on the album Shakedown Street. It was written by Garcia, Jerry / Hunter, Robert.
Edit
"Stagger Lee" is track #4 on the album Shakedown Street. It was written by Garcia, Jerry / Hunter, Robert.
For Example...
What chart rank did the song debut? What is the song about? Has it won any awards?, etc.
Cancel Submit
Thank You For Your Submission
Your introduction will appear once it has been deemed awesome by our team of wizards.
  • Play Video
  • Correct
  • Print

Stagger Lee Submit Correct Lyrics

Submit Corrections Cancel

1948, Xmas eve, with a full moon over town
Stagger Lee met Billy DeLions and he blew that poor boy down
Do you know what he shot him for?
What do you make of that?
'Cause 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 Lee
Stagger Lee is a madman and he shot my Billy D
Bayo, go get him or give the job to me

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
Not only is that mother big, he packs a .45

Bayo, Delia said, just give me a gun
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 fizz, love"

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
He shot my Billy dead and now it's time to die

Delia went a walking down on Singapore Street
With a three piece band on the corner played "Near my God to Thee"
But Delia whistled a different tune, what tune could that be?
The song that woman sung was "Look out Stagger Lee"
The song that Delia sung was "Look out Stagger Lee"

Oh, the song that Delia sung was "Look out Stagger Lee"
Oh, the song that woman sung was "Look out Stagger Lee"

Songwriters
GARCIA, JERRY / HUNTER, ROBERT

Published by
Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

Listen to Grateful Dead Radio on Last.fm, Radio.com or Jango

Music News