Stagolee
By: traditional
Original Performance: Mississippi John Hurt
Written by: traditional

Version Of: Stagolee

This Version:
 
Lyrics:
Police officer, how can it be?
You can arrest everybody but cruel Stagolee
That bad man, cruel Stagolee

Billy Lyons told Stagolee, "Please don't take my life
I got two baby children and a darling, loving wife"
That bad man, cruel Stagolee

"Would I care about your two babes and darling, loving wife?
You done stole my Stetson hat, I'm bound to take your life."
That bad man, cruel Stagolee

Stagolee stood on the gallows, head way up high
Twelve o'clock, they killed him, we were all glad to see him die
That bad man, cruel Stagolee
 
Live:

Played live 5 times:
Earliest known live version: June 27, 1994
Latest known live version: October 26, 2002