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You’ve long past and shot my husband With a forty-four gatlin’ gun. ” O Lordy, and so on. [STAGALEE’S FRIEND:] “Stagalee, O Stagalee, Why don’t you chop and run? For the following comes the policeman, and that i imagine he’s received a gun. ” O Lordy, and so forth. [POLICEMAN, a bit petrified of STAGALEE:] “Stagalee, O Stagalee, I’m ’restin’ you simply for enjoyable, The officer jest wishes you to spot your gun. ” O Lordy, and so forth. [STAGALEE in jail:] “Jailer, O Jailer, I jest can’t sleep; For the ghost of Billy Lyons around my mattress does mourn and weep. ” O Lordy, and so on. [COUNSEL FOR THE DEFENSE:] “Gentlemen of this jury, you want to allow negative Stagalee pass; His terrible and elderly mammy Is lyin’ very low. ” O Lordy, and so on. [COUNSEL FOR THE PROSECUTION:] “Gentlemen of this jury, Wipe away your tears, For Stagalee’s elderly mammy Has been lifeless those ’leven years. ” O Lordy, and so forth. Stagalee’s outdated girl, She hung round the prison, And in 3 days she had him out On a ten-thousand-dollar bail. O Lordy, po’ Stagalee! [Version B] Stagolee, he was once a foul guy, an’ ev’body recognize, He toted a stack-barreled blow gun an’ a blue metal forty four. manner down in New Orlean’, referred to as de Lyon membership, Ev’y step you walkin’, you walkin’ in Billy Lyon blood. It was once early one mornin’ while I heard my little puppy bark, Stagolee and Billy Lyon was once arg’in’ in de darkish. Stagolee and Billy Lyon was once gamblin’ one evening overdue, Stagolee fell seven, Billy Lyon, he fell cotch 8. Slowly Stack walked from de desk, he acknowledged, “I can’t allow you to move wid dat. You win all of my funds an’ my milk-white Stetson hat. ” Stagolee, he went walkin’ correct down dat I. C. song, “I ain’ gonna damage you currently, Billy, wager’ no longer be right here while i am getting again! ” subsequent day Stack went runnin’ in de red-hot broilin’ solar, “Look in my chiffro drawer, Alberta, han’ me my smokeless forty-one. ” Alberta checked out Stack, stated, “Babe, you all out of breath, you appear to be you gonna be de reason for somebody’s dying. ” Stack took out his Elgin, regarded direc’ly at de time, “I received an issue to settle wid dat undesirable guy, Billy Lyon. ” “Kiss me, reliable girl, you'll no longer see me whilst I get back. ” And Stack went runnin’ up dat nice Northern song. good, he received outdoors in entrance of de barroom, an’ he eased as much as de door, Billy Lyon had his forty four distinctive, pacin’ up an’ down de ground. Billy Lyon started to scream, “Stack, don’t take my lifestyles, I’ve bought 5 lil helpless chilluns an’ one po’ pitiful spouse. ” He shot him thrice within the brow an’ twice in de part, stated, “I’m goin’ stick with it shootin’ until eventually Billy Lyon died. ” Billy Lyon bought glassy, an’ he gapped an’ hung his head, Stack say, “I understand by means of expression on his face dat Billy Lyon useless. ” Mrs. Billy she went runnin’ an’ screamin’: “Stack, I don’ b’lieve it’s so. You an’ my lil Billy been frien’s considering many lengthy years in the past. ” Stagolee tol’ Mrs. Billy, “Ef you don’t b’lieve yo’ guy is useless, Come to de barroom, see de gap I shot in his head. ” Mrs. Lyon fell to her knees, an’ she stated to her oldes’ son, “When you git lil bit larger, gonna purchase you a forty-one. ” “Mama, mama, oh, mama, you sho ain’t talkin’ to me, He killed po’ papa, now you gonna allow him kill me.