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Thread #97813   Message #1931017
Posted By: Richie
08-Jan-07 - 10:57 PM
Thread Name: Origin: Alabama Bound & Don't You Leave Me Here
Subject: Lyr Add: DON'T YOU LEAVE ME HERE (Hull, Reed)
This may also shed some light on teh origin of the Stagolee/Stagger Lee/ Stackerlee, Stack O'Lee, Stack-a-Lee titles.

"In several versions the singer will get to his destination come what may: If the train don't come, I've got a mule to ride, I'm Alabama bound. This is reflected in a version by Papa Harvey Hull and Long Cleve Reed songsters who sang of a riverboat of the Lee Line out of Memphis. The phrase "and the Stack don't drown", referred to the famous captain of one of these boats, 'Stack' Lee."

Papa Harvey Hull and Long Cleve Reed; First recorded version 1927

Alabama bound, Alabama bound
If the boat don't sink and the Stack don't drown
I'm Alabama Bound.

Boats up the river running side by side,
When you got my lovin' kind sweet babe,
You'll be satisfied.

Don't you leave me here, Don't you leave me here,
Well I don't mind you goin', kind sweet babe,
Leave a dollar for beer. (hey, hey let's go boys)

Katy Adams got ways, just like a man,
When she steals a woman sweet lovin' babe,
Everywhere she lands.