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The Clash

Wrong 'Em Boyo

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“Stagger Lee”, also known as “Stagolee”, “Stackerlee”, “Stack O’Lee”, “Stack-a-Lee” and several other variants, is a popular folk song based on the murder of William “Billy” Lyons by Stagger Lee Shelton. Herb Wiedoeft and his band recorded the song in 1924. The version recorded by Mississippi John Hurt in 1928 is considered by some commentators to be definitive, containing as it does all of the elements that appear in other versions. A cover with different lyrics was a chart hit for Lloyd Price in 1959; Dick Clark felt that the original tale of murder was too morbid for his American Bandstand audience, and insisted that they be changed to eliminate the murder. In this version, the subject was changed from gambling to fighting over a woman, and instead of a... Read on...

Song lines: ♪ Don't you know it is wrong ... And trample people under your feet ... To cheat the trying man

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