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Professor Longhair (December 19, 1918 – January 30, 1980; born Henry Roeland Byrd, also known as Roy "Bald Head" Byrd and as Fess) was a New Orleans blues singer and pianist. Professor Longhair is noteworthy for having been active in two distinct periods, both in the heyday of early rhythm and blues, and in the resurgence of interest in traditional jazz after the founding of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. more »


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    (intro) The night was clear, and the moon was yellow
    And the leaves came tumblin' down. . .

    I was standing on a corner
    When I heard my bull dog bark
    He was barking at two men
    Who were gambling in the dark

    It was Stagger Lee and Billy
    Two men who gambled late
    Stagger Lee threw a seven
    Billy swore that he threw eight

    Stagger Lee he told Billy
    "I can't let you go with that
    You won all o' my money
    And my brand new Stetson hat."

    Stagger Lee started off walking
    Down that old railroad track
    He turned and told Billy
    "Don't be here when I come back"

    Then old Stagger Lee, he went home
    And he got his forty-four
    He said "I'm going down to the barroom
    To pay that debt I owe"

    bridge: Go, Stagger Lee!

    Stagger Lee went to the barroom
    Walked across that barroom floor
    He said, "Now, nobody move"
    And he pulled out his forty-four

    "Oh, Stagger Lee," cried Billy
    "Please don't take my life
    I got three little children
    And a very sickly wife"

    Stagger Lee... shot Billy
    Oh, he shot that poor boy so bad
    Till the bullet went through Billy
    And it broke the bartender's glass. 

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