It was early, early one morning when I heard my bulldog bark
T'was Staggolee and Billy Delyon, squabbling in the dark
Staggolee told Billy Delyon, "What do you think of that?
You win all my money, lord, you spin in my stetson hat"
Staggolee went walking in the red hot broilin' sun
Says, "Bring me my six-shooter, lord, I wants my fourty-one"
Staggolee were walking through the mud and through the sand
Says, "I feel mistreated this morning, I could kill most any man"
Billy Delyons told Staggolee, "Please don't take my life
I got three helpless children lord, one poor, pitiful wife"
"I don't care nothing 'bout your children and nothing about your wife
You done mistreated me, Billy and I'm bound to take your life"
He shot him three times in the shoulder, lord, he shot him three times in the side
Well, the last time he shot him caused Billy Lyons to die
Staggolee told Mrs. Billy, "You don't believe your man is dead?
Come on into the barroom, see the hole I shot in his head"
The house-sheriff told the deputies, "Get your pistols and come with me
We got to go 'n' arrest that bad man known as Staggolee"
The deputies took their pistols, they laid them on the shelf
"If you want that bad man Staggolee, you have to arrest him yourself"
The house-sheriff asked the bartender, said "Who can that bad man be?"
"Speak softly" said the bartender, "That bad man's Staggolee"
He touched old Stag on the shoulder, "Said, Stag, why do you run?"
"I don't run no white folk, when I gots my fourty-one"
The hangman put the mask on, tied his hands behind his back
Sprung the trap on Staggolee but his neck refused to crack
The hangman, he got frightened, said: " you can see how it be
I can't hang this man, lord, you better set him free"
Three-hundred dollar funeral, thousand dollar hearse
"Satisfaction" undertaker put Stag on down in the earth
Staggolee told the devil, "Say, come on and have some fun
You stick me with your pitchfork and I'll shoot you with my fourty-one"
Staggolee took the pitchfork and he laid it on a shelf
He said: "Stand back, Tom Devil, lord, I'm gonna rule hell by myself
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