Stack A Lee

Hawlin Alley on a dark and drizzly night,

Billy Lyons and Stack-A-Lee had one terrible fight.

All about that John B. Stetson hat.

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Stack-A-Lee walked to the bar-room, and he called for a glass of beer,

Turned around to Billy Lyons, said, "What are you doin' here?"

"Waitin' for a train, please bring my woman home.

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"Stack-A-Lee, oh Stack-A-Lee. please don't take my life.

Got three little children and a-weepin', lovin' wife.

You're a bad man, bad man, Stack-A-Lee."

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"God bless your children and I'll take care of your wife.

You stole my John B., now I'm bound to take your life."

All about that John B. Stetson hat.

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Stack-A-Lee turned to Billy Lyons and he shot him right through the head,

Only taking one shot to kill Billy Lyons dead.

All about that John B. Stetson hat.

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Sent for the doctor, well the doctor he did come,

Just pointed out Stack-A-Lee, said, "Now what have you done?"

You're a bad man, bad man, Stack-A-Lee."

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Six big horses and a rubber-tired hack,

Taking him to the cemetery, buy they failed to bring him back.

All about that John B. Stetson hat.

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Hawlin Alley, thought I heard the bulldogs bark.

It must have been old Stack-A-Lee stumbling in the dark.

He's a bad man, gonna land him right back in jail.

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High police walked on to Stack-A-Lee, he was lying fast asleep.

High police walked on to Stack-A-Lee, and he jumped forty feet.

He's a bad man, gonna land him right back in jail.

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Well they got old Stack-A-Lee and they laid him right back in jail.

Couldn't get a man around to go Stack-A Lee's bail

All about that John B. Stetson hat.

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Stack-A-Lee turned to the jailer, he said, "Jailer, I can't sleep.

'Round my bedside Billy Lyons began to creep."

All about that John B. Stetson hat.

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by Bob Dylan (arr)

Copyright 1993 Special Rider Music

First release: World Gone Wrong, 1993

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