I Killed Billy To Save Us All (Stagger Lee)

from Put Back Charlie by aireene espiritu

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Stagger Lee (I Killed Billy to Save Us All)
Music and lyrics by Aireene Espiritu

Trouble, trouble, trouble came to town
His name was Stagger Lee
Killed a man, killed a man, a-hmmmm
Shot through the belly with a forty four
Shot through the belly with a forty four

Billy Lyons, didnʼt he deserve to die
Billy Lyons, didnʼt he deserve to die
He was the troubled one, one with the troubled mind
Now Iʼm doinʼ, doinʼ, doinʼ my time
Doinʼ, doinʼ, doinʼ my time
Donʼt you know I killed Billy, killed him soʼs to save our lives
Someone had to do it

Christmas 1895, Billyʼs at the bar talkinʼ about killinʼ the whole town
So much evil lurked the room, you see, I had to kill Billy
Or Billy wouldʼve had to kill you. He wouldʼve killed you
Ahooo, hoo hoo. Ahooo, hoo hoo

Evidence, evidence tracked me down
Evidence, evidence tracked me down
Smoke from my pistol, stetson hat on the ground
When you mark my grave make sure you let them know
When you mark my grave make sure you let them know
I killed Billy, I killed him soʼs to save us all
I killed Billy, I killed him soʼs to save us all
Yeah, he died for his sins
Ahooo, hoo hoo. Ahooo, hoo hoo

Copyright 2014 Aireene Espiritu Music

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from Put Back Charlie, released January 1, 2014

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aireene espiritu Oakland, California

Aireene Espiritu plays a mix of stompin', swayin' and timeless Americana reminiscent of front porch storytelling, of ghosts and the living, times of laughter and tears. A Color-Coded Symphony is her latest project, a musical experience connecting the audience’s ethnic origins to rhythms of the world. ... more

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