A boy named Sue  (midi)

 

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1. Well, my daddy left home when I was three,

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    and he didn't leave much to ma and me,

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    just this old guitar and an empty bottle of booze.

 

    Now, I don't blame him cause he run and hid,

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   but the meanest thing that he ever did

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    was before he left, he went and named me "Sue.''

 

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2. Well, he must have thought that is was quite a joke,

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    and it got a lot of laughs from a lot of folk,

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    it seems I had to fight my whole life through.

                                                                           

    Some gal would giggle and I'd get red,

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    and some guy'd laugh and I'd bust his head,

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    I tell you, life ain't easy for a boy named "Sue.''

 

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3. Well, I grew up quick and I grew up mean,

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    my fists got hard and my wits got keen,

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    I'd roam from town to town to hide my shame.

                                                                                   

    But I made me a vow to the moon and stars,

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   that I'd search the honky-tonks and bars,

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    and kill that man that give me that awful name.

 

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4. Well, it was Gatlinburg in mid-July,

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    and I`d just hit town and my throat was dry,

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    I thought I'd stop and have myself a brew.

                                                                

    At an old saloon on a street of mud,

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    there at a table, dealing stud,

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    sat the dirty, mangy dog that named me "Sue.''

 

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5. Well, I knew that snake was my own sweet dad

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    from a worn-out picture that my mother'd had,

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    and I knew that scar on his cheek and his evil eye.

                                                                          

    He was big and fat and gray and old,

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    and I looked at him and my blood ran cold,

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    and I said, "My name is Sue! How do you do! Now you`re gonna die!!''

 

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6. Well, I hit him hard right between the eyes,

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    and he went down but to my surprise

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    he come up with a knife and cut off a piece of my ear.

                                                                                     

    But I busted a chair right across his teeth,

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    and we crashed through the wall and into the street,

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    kicking and a' gouging in the mud and the blood and the beer.

 

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7. I tell you, I've fought tougher men,

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    but I really can't remember when,

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    he kicked like a mule and he bit like a crocodile.

                                                                                 

     I heard him laugh and then I heard him curse,

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    he went for his gun and I pulled mine first,

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    he stood there lookin' at me and I saw him smile.

 

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8. And he said: `"Son, this world is rough,

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    and if a man's gonna make it, he's gotta be

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    tough,   and I know I wouldn't be there to help you along.

                                                                               

    So I give you that name and I said goodbye,

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    I knew you'd have to get tough or die,

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    and it's that name that helped to make you strong.''

 

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9. Yeah, he said: "Now you just fought one helluva fight,

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    and I know you hate me, and you got the right

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    to kill me now, and I wouldn't blame you if you do.

                                                                                  

    But you ought to thank me, before I die,

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    for the gravel in your guts and the spit in your eye,

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    `cause I'm the fucking man that named you "Sue"."

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    10 . I got all choked up and I threw down my gun,

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    called him my pa, and he called me his son,

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    and I come away with a different point of view.

                                                                          

    And I think about him, now and then,

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    every time I try and every time I win - - -

    and if I ever have a son, I think I'm gonna name him

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    Bill, George,  anything but Sue!

 

    (JohnnyCash)