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Johnny Cash A Boy Named Sue

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  • Artist: Johnny Cash
  • Title: A Boy Named Sue
  • Duration: 3:37
  • Album: The 70's - 1970 CD 2

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  • Played: 21 times
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  • Last played yesterday (Mar, 03 2021)
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    Well, my daddy left home when I was three
    And he didn't leave much to ma and me
    Just this old guitar and an empty bottle of booze
    Now, I don't blame him 'cause he run and hid
    But the meanest thing that he ever did
    Was before he left, he went and named me Sue

    Well, he must o' thought that is quite a joke
    And it got a lot of laughs from a' lots of folk
    It seems I had to fight my whole life through
    Some gal would giggle and I'd get red
    And some guy'd laugh and I'd bust his head
    I tell ya, life ain't easy for a boy named Sue

    Well, I grew up quick and I grew up mean
    My fist got hard and my wits got keen
    I'd roam from town to town to hide my shame
    But I made me a vow to the moon and stars
    That I'd search the honky tonks and bars
    And kill that man who gave me that awful name

    Well, it was Gatlinburg in mid July
    And I just hit town and my throat was dry
    I thought I'd stop and have myself a brew
    At an old saloon on a street of mud
    There at a table, dealing stud
    Sat the dirty, mangy dog that named me Sue

    Well, I knew that snake was my own sweet dad
    From a worn out picture that my mother had
    And I knew that scar on his cheek and his evil eye
    He was big and bent and gray and old
    And I looked at him and my blood ran cold
    And I said, "My name is Sue! How do you do?
    Now you're gonna die"

    Well, I hit him hard right between the eyes
    And he went down, but to my surprise
    He come up with a knife and cut off a piece of my ear
    But I busted a chair right across his teeth
    And we crashed through the wall and into the street
    Kicking and a' gouging in the mud and the blood and the beer

    I tell ya, I've fought tougher men
    But I really can't remember when
    He kicked like a mule and he bit like a crocodile
    I heard him laugh and then I heard him curse
    He went for his gun and I pulled mine first
    He stood there lookin' at me and I saw him smile

    And he said, "Son, this world is rough
    And if a man's gonna make it, he's gotta be tough
    And I knew I wouldn't be there to help you along
    So I give you that name and I said goodbye
    I knew you'd have to get tough or die
    And it's the name that helped to make you strong"

    He said, "Now you just fought one hell of a fight
    And I know you hate me, and you got the right
    To kill me now, and I wouldn't blame you if you do
    But you ought to thank me, before I die
    For the gravel in ya guts and the spit in ya eye
    'Cause I'm the son-of-a-bitch that named you Sue

    What could I do? Yeah what could I do?
    I got all choked up and I threw down my gun
    And I called him my pa, and he called me his son
    And I came away with a different point of view
    And I think about him, now and then
    Every time I try and every time I win
    And if I ever have a son, I think I'm gonna name him
    Bill or George anything but Sue I still hate that name

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