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 sweet-f...in' 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.