The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #3018   Message #57769
Posted By: Brian Hoskin
09-Feb-99 - 03:33 AM
Thread Name: Origins: Stagger Lee / Stack O'Lee / etc.
Subject: RE: Stagger Lee
In 'The Journal of American Folklore' Vol. XXIV July- Sept 1911, Howard W. Odum, in an article entitled 'Folk-Song and Folk-Poetry as Found in the Secular Songs of the Southern Negroes', prints two versions of Stagolee which he collected. Between the versions he writes:

"The above version is usually sung in Mississippi, Louisiana, and Tennessee, though it is known in Alabama and Georgia, besides being sung by the negro vagrants all over the country."

Sorry, but I haven't time to print them out just at the moment.