Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Stagger Lee cover

Stagger Lee
by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Lyrics and Meaning


Stagger Lee Lyrics

Song Meaning
Verse 1
It was back in '32 when times were hard
He had a Colt forty-five and a deck of cards
Stagger Lee
Verse 2
He wore rat-drawn shoes and an old stetson hat
Had a '28 Ford, had payments on that
Stagger Lee
Verse 3
His woman threw him out in the ice and snow
And told him, "Never ever come back no more."
Stagger Lee
Verse 4
So he walked through the rain, and he walked through the mud
Till he came to a place called The Bucket Of Blood
Stagger Lee
Verse 5
He said "Mr. Motherfucker, you know who I am?"
The barkeeper said, "No, and I don't give a good goddamn."
To Stagger Lee
Verse 6
He said, "Well, bartender, it's plain to see
I'm that bad motherfucker called Stagger Lee."
Mr. Stagger Lee
Verse 7
Barkeep said, "Yeah, I've heard your name down the way
And I kick motherfucking asses like you every day."
Mr Stagger Lee
Verse 8
Well, those were the last words that the barkeep said
'Cause Stag put four holes in his motherfucking head
Verse 9
Just then in came a broad called Nellie Brown
Was known to make more money than any bitch in town
Verse 10
She struts across the bar, hitching up her skirt
Over to Stagger Lee, she starts to flirt
With Stagger Lee
Verse 11
She saw the barkeep, said, "O God, he can't be dead!"
Stag said, "Well, just count the holes in the motherfucker's head."
Verse 12
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
Verse 13
"But there's something I have to say before you begin
You'll have to be gone before my man Billy Dilly comes in,
Mr. Stagger Lee."
Verse 14
"I'll stay here till Billy comes in, till time comes to pass
And furthermore I'll fuck Billy in his motherfucking ass."
Said Stagger Lee
Verse 15
"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
Verse 16
Just then Billy Dilly rolls in and he says, "You must be
That bad motherfucker called Stagger Lee."
Stagger Lee
Verse 17
"Yeah, I'm Stagger Lee, and you better get down on your knees
And suck my dick because if you don't, you're gonna be dead,"
Said Stagger Lee
Verse 18
Billy dropped down and slobbered on his head
And Stag filled him full of lead
Oh yeah

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