The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #3018   Message #2709070
Posted By: Richie
26-Aug-09 - 12:42 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Stagger Lee / Stack O'Lee / etc.
Subject: RE: Origins: Stagger Lee
Cecil Brown calls it his favorite version, this is all I have;

The first documented lyrics collected in Memphis, date 1903 are bawdy:

Poor old Nellie Sheldon, when she heard the news,
She's sittin' on the bedside, lacin' up her high-heeled shoes,
Bulls got my' Papa Stackerlee.

If anyone has the complete lyrics or any versions from 1800s. Apparently Lomax found one, or at least someone claiming they learned it in the 1800s.