From Milo Waterfield’s Stagger Lee.
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The Figs’ Boum Boum Constant demo cd includes
"Staggerlee" along with a bunch of new demos,
and can be found right here.
Saint Louis Globe Democrat
December 28, 1895
William Lyons, 25, colored, a levee hand, living at 1410 Morgan Street, was shot in the abdomen yesterday evening at 10 o’clock in the saloon of Bill Curtis, at Eleventh and Morgan Streets, by Lee Sheldon, also colored. Both parties, it seems, had been drinking and were feeling in exuberant spirits. Lyons and Sheldon were friends and were talking together. The discussion drifted to politics and an argument was started, the conclusion of which was that Lyons snatched Sheldon’s hat from his head. The latter indignantly demanded its return. Lyons refused, and Sheldon withdrew his revolver and shot Lyons in the abdomen. Lyons was taken to the Dispensary, where his wounds were pronounced serious. He was removed to the City Hospital. At the time of the shooting the saloon was crowded with negroes. Sheldon is a carriage driver and lives at 911 North Twelfth Street. When his victim fell to the floor Sheldon took his hat from the hand of the wounded man and coolly walked away. He was subsequently arrested and locked up at the Chestnut Street Station. Sheldon is also known as ‘Stag’ Lee.
There are over 250 different recorded versions of this story, known variously as Stack Lee, Stackalee, Stackerlee, Stagolee, Staggerlee, Stack O’Lee, Stack O’Dollar, etc., in seemingly every idiom of popular and vernacular music. Narrative details vary enormously from version to version.