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​Original Stack O'lee Blues

This song is by Cleve Reed & Little Harvey Hull, features The Down Home Boys and appears on the compilation Down in the Basement: Joe Bussard's Treasure Trove of Vintage 78s (1926-1937) (1977).

(Anytime, anytime, anytime)
(Anytime, anytime, anytime)
(Anytime, anytime)

(Forget it now, don't worry about it)
(Too late, don't worry about it, worry about it)

Stack O'Lee was a bully
He bullied all his life
Well, he bullied through Chicago's town
Wit' a ten cent pocket knife
Tell it's oh Stack O'Lee

Stack turns towards Billy
How can it be?
You arrest the man
Done desecrated me
But you oughta 'rrest Stack O'Lee'
Still it's oh, Stack O'Lee
(Sing the little black horses)

(Tune your guitar, to little black horses)
(Tune your string, to little black horses)

(Wee)
Bad man
(Don't deliver him)
(Don't tone the bells)
(Stack O'Lee get two black horses)
(He didn't know about the little white horses)
(He doesn't get the big white horses)
(He shoots him down)

(Just leave the man)
(Don't worry about him)
(So leave the man, anywhere, anywhere)

Next answered Billy
'Don't you take my life
Well, I ain't got that much
Two little children, leave a darlin' loving wife'
Then it's so, Stack O' Lee

One is a boy
And the other'un is a girl
Well, you may see your chill'en kin
But it's in another world
Then it's oh Stack O' Lee

Sitting un'neath an umbrella
Didn't mean no harm
When the policeman saw'd me
Well, they grabbed me by my arm
Say it's so, Stack O'Lee

Stack O'Lee and Billy
Had a noble fight
Well, Stack O'Lee take Billy's life
Was a cold dark Sunday night
Still it's oh, Stack O'Lee

(Play the little black horses)
(Play your guitar to little black horses)
'Oh Play it Boys
'Play for me one time'
(Said so livery man)
(Don't deliver him)
(It's okay, pull him back, pull him back)

Standing on a silk carpet
Dogs begin to bark
But it wad'nt nut'n but Stack O'Lee
Come creeping in his dark
Said it's oh, Stack O'Lee