Album: Murder Ballads (1996)
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  • It was back in '32 when times were hard
    He had a Colt .45 and a deck of cards
    Stagger Lee

    He wore rat-drawn shoes and an old stetson hat
    Had a '28 Ford, he had payments on that
    Stagger Lee

    His woman threw him out in the ice and snow
    And she told him, "Never ever come back no more"
    Stagger Lee

    So he walked through the rain and he walked through the mud
    'Til he came to a place called The Bucket Of Blood
    Stagger Lee

    He said "Mr Motherfucker, you know who I am"
    The barkeeper said, "No, and I don't give a good goddamn"
    To Stagger Lee

    He said, "Well bartender, it's a plain to see
    I'm the bad motherfucker called Stagger Lee"
    Mr. Stagger Lee

    Well the barkeep said, "Yeah, I've heard your name down the way
    And I kick motherfucking asses like you every day"
    Mr Stagger Lee

    Well those were the last words that the barkeep said
    'Cause Stag put four holes in his motherfucking head

    Just then in came a broad called Nellie Brown
    Known to make more money than any bitch in town

    She struts across the bar, hitching up her skirt
    Over to Stagger Lee, she's starting to flirt
    Oh, with Stagger Lee

    She saw the barkeep, said, "Oh God, he can't be dead!"
    Stag said, "Well, just count the holes in the motherfucker's head"

    She said, "You ain't look like you scored in quite a time
    Why not come to my pad? It won't cost you a dime"
    Mr. Stagger Lee

    "But there's something I have to say before you begin
    You have to be gone before my man Billy Dilly comes in
    Mr. Stagger Lee"

    "I'll stay here 'til Billy Dilly comes in, 'til time comes to pass
    And furthermore I'll fuck Billy in his motherfucking ass"
    Said Stagger Lee

    "I'm a bad motherfucker, don't you know
    And I'll crawl over fifty good pussies just to get one fat boy's asshole"
    Said Stagger Lee

    Just then Billy Dilly rolls in, he says, "You must be
    The mad motherfucker called Stagger Lee"
    I'm Stagger Lee

    "Yeah, I'm Stagger Lee and you better get down on your knees
    Then suck my dick, because If you don't you're gonna be dead"
    Said Stagger Lee

    Well Billy Dilly dropped down and slobbered on his head
    And Stag filled him full of lead
    Oh yeah Writer/s: Blixa Bargeld, Conway Savage, Jim Sclavunos, Martyn Casey, Michael Harvey, Nicholas Cave, Thomas Wydler
    Publisher: BMG Rights Management, Mute Song Limited
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 1

  • Andrea from Australia Henry Lee is a song I'm disappointed I haven't been able to find.
    The sensuality between P.J Harvey and Nick Cave is spine tingling; it oooooozes sex appeal with that "keep you on the edge of your seat".
    It's right up there with his duet with Kylie.
    It "works " and they make it seem so effortless.
    Kylie is the beautiful sweet vulnerable woman.
    Where on the other hand P.J has the almost evil side to her ALTHOUGH she is in love with him.
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