Traditional - STAGGER LEE

First performance: 18/10/1975


Coverinfo

Bruce Performed the song 68 times as a snippet.
 
"The night was dark
The moon was yellow
And leaves came tumbling down" 
 
 
during GLORY DAYS
2009-06-05 Stockholms Stadion, Stockholm, Sweden
during ROSALITA
2003-10-04 Shea Stadium, New York City
2003-10-03 Shea Stadium, New York City
2003-10-01 Shea Stadium, New York City
2003-09-27 Miller Park, Milwaukee, WI
2003-09-21 Comerica Park, Detroit, MI
2003-09-20 Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, Darien, NY
2003-09-16 Rentschler Field, East Hartford, CT
1981-07-09 Brendan Byrne Arena, East Rutherford, NJ
1981-07-08 Brendan Byrne Arena, East Rutherford, NJ
1981-06-04 Wembley Arena, London, England
1981-05-29 Wembley Arena, London, England
1981-05-26 Brighton Centre (The), Brighton, England
1981-05-20 Bingley Hall, Stafford, England
1981-05-17 Edinburgh Playhouse, Edinburgh, Scotland
1981-01-26 Athletic & Convocation Center, South Bend, IN
1981-01-20 Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, ON
1980-12-28 Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, NY
1980-12-19 Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY
1980-12-12 Hartford Civic Center, Hartford, CT
1980-12-11 Providence Civic Center, Providence, RI
1980-12-09 Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA
1980-12-08 Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA
1980-12-06 Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA
1980-12-04 Buffalo Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, NY
1980-12-02 Rochester Community War Memorial, Rochester, NY
1980-12-01 Civic Arena, Pittsburgh, PA
1980-11-27 Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY
1980-11-23 Capital Centre, Largo, MD
1980-11-20 Rosemont Horizon, Rosemont, IL
1980-11-11 LSU Assembly Center, Baton Rouge, LA
1980-11-08 Reunion Arena, Dallas, TX
1980-11-03 Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, Los Angeles, CA
1980-11-01 Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, Los Angeles, CA
1980-10-30 Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, Los Angeles, CA
1980-10-28 Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Arena, Oakland, CA
1980-10-27 Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Arena, Oakland, CA
1980-10-25 Memorial Coliseum, Portland, OR
1980-10-24 Seattle Center Coliseum, Seattle, WA
1980-10-20 McNichols Sports Arena, Denver, CO
1980-10-18 Kiel Opera House, St. Louis, MO
1980-10-17 Kiel Opera House, St. Louis, MO
1980-10-14 Mecca Arena, Milwaukee, WI
1980-10-13 St. Paul Civic Center Arena, St. Paul, MN
1980-10-10 Uptown Theatre, Chicago, IL
1980-10-09 Cobo Arena, Detroit, MI
1980-10-06 Richfield Coliseum, Richfield, OH
1980-10-04 Riverfront Coliseum, Cincinnati, OH
1980-10-03 Crisler Arena, Ann Arbor, MI
1979-09-21 Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY
1977-03-24 Music Hall, Boston, MA
 
during SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT  
1979-01-01 Richfield Coliseum, Richfield, OH
1976-05-27 Eisenhower Hall Auditorium, West Point, NY
1976-04-29 Ellis Auditorium, Memphis, TN
1975-10-17 Roxy Theatre (The), West Hollywood, CA (Early)
1975-10-11 Monmouth Arts Center, Red Bank, NJ (Late)
1975-10-04 Michigan Palace, Detroit, MI
1975-09-27 Ambassador Theatre, St. Louis, MO
1975-09-26 Hancher Auditorium, Iowa City, IA
1975-09-23 Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor, MI
1975-09-21 Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis, MN
1975-09-16 Dallas Convention Center Theater, Dallas, TX
 

Songinfo

Stagger Lee is a traditional folk song that was first published in the early 1900's. The song was recorded by many artists, including Lloyd Price whose version was first released as a single in December 1958. 
 
 
 

Bruce on the artist

Lyrics

The night was clear and the moon was yellow (ooh)
And the leaves came tumbling down (ooh)

I was standing on the corner when I heard my bulldog bark
He was barking at the two men who were gambling in the dark (da da, da da)
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" (Go, Stagger Lee! Go, Stagger Lee! Go, Stagger Lee! Go, Stagger Lee!)
"You have won all my money and my brand new Stetson hat" (Go, Stagger Lee! Go, Stagger Lee! Go, Stagger Lee! Go, Stagger Lee!)
Stagger Lee went home and he got his forty-four (Go, Stagger Lee! Go, Stagger Lee! Go, Stagger Lee! Go, Stagger Lee!)
Said, "I'm going to the barroom just to pay that debt I owe" (Go, Stagger Lee! Go, Stagger Lee! Go, Stagger Lee!)
Go on, Stagger Lee! (da, da, da, da)
Look out, there, now! (oooh-aaah)
Come on, Stag! (oooh-aaah)
Stag's the man! (oooh-oooh-ah)
(Aaah)

Stagger Lee went to the barroom and he stood across the barroom door
Said, "Now, nobody move" and he pulled his forty-four (oooh-oooh, da, da, da, da)
"Stagger Lee", cried Billy, "Oh, please don't take my life (Go, Stagger Lee! Go, Stagger Lee! Go, Stagger Lee! Go, Stagger Lee!)
I got three little children and a very sickly wife" (Go, Stagger Lee! Go, Stagger Lee! Go, Stagger Lee! Go, Stagger Lee!)

Stagger Lee shot Billy, oh, he shot that poor boy so bad (Go, Stagger Lee! Go, Stagger Lee! Go, Stagger Lee! Go, Stagger Lee!)
Till the bullet came through Billy and it broke the bartender's glass (Go, Stagger Lee! Go, Stagger Lee! Go, Stagger Lee!)
Look out, Stag, go!
(Go, Stagger Lee! Go, Stagger Lee!) Yeah, do move that!
(Go, Stagger Lee! Go, Stagger Lee!) Get out there, Stag!
(Go, Stagger Lee! Go, Stagger Lee!) Oh, please, Stagger!
(Go, Stagger Lee! Go, Stagger Lee!) Come on now, Stag!
(Go, Stagger Lee! Go, Stagger Lee!) Yeah, do move that!
(Go, Stagger Lee! Go, Stagger Lee!) That, hey...