Stagger Lee

from by Kent McDaniel

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    He Flies is a collection of 12 roots rock songs, with with lyrics that mean something and say it with some style. The songs are streaming on BandCamp. Give them a listen. Comes in a four panel eco-wallet. (Good karma)

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lyrics

Stagger Lee

The night was clear & the moon was yellow
& the leaves came tumbling down.

I was standing on the corner when I heard my bulldog bark.
He was barking at the two men who were gambling in the dark.

It was Stagger Lee & Billy, two men who gambled they.
Stagger Lee drew a seven; Billy swore that he drew eight.

Stagger Lee cried, “Billy, I can’t let you go with that.
You done won all my money & my brand new Stetson hat.”

Stagger Lee went home and he got his 44.
He said, “I’m going to the barroom just to pay debt that I owe.”

Stagger Lee went to the barroom & he crossed that barroom door.
He said, “Now nobody move!” and he pulled his 44.

“Stagger Lee!” cried Billy, “Please don’t take my life!
I got three little children & a very sickly wife.”

But Stagger Lee shot Billy; lord, he shot that boy so bad
That the bullet went through Billy & it broke the bartender’s glass.

credits

from He Flies, released June 12, 2017
Dorothy McDaniel: bass, Kent McDaniel: guitars, vocals.

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Kent McDaniel Chicago, Illinois

First band Kent ever saw was Salty Gamblin & The Mudcat Band. Spring Fest, his 5th grade year. They walked out, plugged in, looked at everybody. Had electric guitar, bass, & drums--& Salty on acoustic & vocals. Bam, they tore into "I Saw The Light." Chills shot up & down Kent's body.
He saved up & got a Gibson Melody Maker. Played & sang ever since. Never means to stop.
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