by Mississippi John Hurt
Police officer, how can it be?
You can 'rest everybody, but cruel Stagolee
That bad man, oh, cruel Stagolee
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Billy de Lyon told Stagolee, "Please don't take my life,
I got two little babies, and a darlin' lovin' wife"
"What I care about you little babies, your darlin' lovin' wife?
You done stole my Stetson hat, I'm bound to take your life"
Boom boom boom, went his '44
When I spied Billy de Lyon, he was lyin' down on the floor
People of the jury, what do you think of that?
Stagolee killed Billy de Lyon about a five-dollar Stetson hat"
Stagolee on the gallows, head held way up high
At 12 o'clock they killed him, they's all glad to see him die