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Boy Named Sue Karaoke - Johnny Cash

This title is a cover version of Boy Named Sue as made famous by Johnny Cash

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Tempo: variable (around 100 BPM)

In the same key as the original: B♭

Duration: 03:40 - Sample at: 01:34

Release date: 1969
Genres: Country, Humour, In English
Original songwriter: Shel Silverstein

All files available for download are backing tracks, they're not the original music.

Lyrics Boy Named Sue

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 'cos 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 have thought that it was quite a joke
And it got a lot of laughs from a lot of folks
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 you, 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
Roam from town to town to hide my shame
But I made me a vow to the moon and stars
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
And 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'd 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
Yeah, that's what I told
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 all gouging in the mud and the blood and the beer
I tell you
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 cuss
He went for his gun and I pulled mine first
He stood there looking 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 know I wouldn't be there to help you along
So I give you that name and I say goodbye
I knew you'd have to get tough or die
And it's that name that helped to make you strong
Yeah, 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 your guts and the spit in your eye
'Cos I'm the ... that named you Sue
Yeah, what will I do?
What could I do?
I got all choked up and I threw down my gun
Called him a pa and he called me a son
And I come away with a different point of view
And I think about him now and then
Everytime I try and everytime I win
And if I ever had a son
I think I'm gonna name him
Bill or George anything but Sue
I tell you, anything, yeah

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