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PostSubject: "A Boy Named Sue"   Sat Sep 09, 2017 4:01 pm

Admin can advise me if this should be posted somewhere else, or not all for that matter. I thought I would post the lyrics to "A Boy Named Sue" as Cal's challenge submission for this month reminded me of it. I remember listening to this song back in the 1960's on the country music station as an 8 year old child living in Missoula, Montana, thinking how awful it would be to be a boy name SUE. It's best if you listen to him perform it here https://youtu.be/WOHPuY88Ry4, but here are the lyrics:

A BOY NAMED SUE
by Johnny Cash

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
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
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 gonna die!"
Yeah that's what I told 'em


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 cuss
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 know I wouldn't be there to help ya along


So I give ya 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"


Yeah 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 ya 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"


Yeah what could I do, what could I do
I got all choked up and I threw down my gun
Called him my Pa, and he called me his son
And I come 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! Yeah

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