Stagolee

Stagolee he's a big bad man
and he's gonna do you wrong
Now they say he shot his own sweet wife
'cos she cooked his eggs too long
Then Stagolee he gave the devil his soul
and the devil he gave him his hat
He said "Ain't no-one can do you no harm
just as long as you're wearing that "

Stagolee went to the police station
he told that deal that'd gone down
He gave the police a dollar a piece
and an hour to get out of town
What you gonna do about Stagolee
what you gonna do about that
You know that boy won't never die
just as long as he's wearing that hat

Stagolee does any damn thing he choose
If you go against him you know you've got to lose
In everybody's pocket, in every ladies bed
Long as he got that spooky old hat sittin' on top of his head

Stagolee put on his brand new hat
took his gal for a ride
Get out of the way you chippies and chumps
the devil is on my side
Stagolee went to the sporting house
locked it with a key
Said "All you whores don't you open your doors
by nobody else but me"

Stagolee does any damn thing he choose
If you go against him you know you gotta lose
In everybody's pocket, in every ladies bed
With that spooky old devil's hat sittin' right up on top of his head

All the girls love Stagolee
but Suzy loved him the best
She told him to lay right down
and take himself some rest
Stagolee took off his big black boots
took off his long black tie
But I won't take off my big black hat
'cos I ain't about to die

Suzy snuggled up to Stagolee
lift'd the hat right off of his head
And up she come with the gattling-gun
and shot that poor boy dead
Stagolee went down to the devil
devil he sat and smiled
Said "Boy you went and a lost your hat
now you're gonna fry awhile"

Stagolee does any damn thing he choose
If you go against him you know you gotta lose
In everybody's pocket, in every ladies bed
With that spooky old devil's hat sittin' right up on the top of his head

Words & Music by
Shel Silverstein & Baxter Taylor
Published by Tro Essex Music Ltd. 1996