Who Sang Stagger Lee? Grateful Dead

Grateful Dead Shakedown Street cover art

Some other versions of "Stagger Lee"
Credits
publisher: ©Universal Music Publishing Group
writers: Jerome J. Garcia, Robert C. Hunter
release date: 1978-11-15
genres: Rock Funk / Soul
styles: Folk Rock/Country Rock/Funk/Disco
length: 3:29
producer: Lowell George
engineer: Bob Matthews
co-producer: Dan Healy
executive producer: John Kahn
assistant engineer: Jeffrey Boden, John Hagen, Robbie Taylor, Sue Stephens, Steve Parish, Ram Rod, Bill Candelario, Brett Cohen, Harry Popick and Betty Cantor
1948, Xmas eve, with a full moon over town
Stagger Lee shot 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 (no more)
Not only is that mother big but he packs a .45 (four)

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 he's got to die.

Delia went a walking down on Singapore Street
A three-piece band on the corner played "Near My God to Thee"
But Delia whistled a different tune, what tune could it be?

The song that woman sung was "Look Out Stagger Lee".
The song that Delia sung was "Look Out Stagger Lee".



Tracklist
12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 Good Lovin'
  • 2 France
  • 3 Shakedown Street
  • 4 Serengetti
  • 5 Fire on the Mountain
  • 6 I Need a Miracle
  • 7 From the Heart of Me
  • 8 Stagger Lee
  • 9 All New Minglewood Blues
  • 10 If I Had the World to Give

  • Album Information
    country(area): United States
    format: 12" Vinyl
    script: Latin