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Johnny Cash - A Boy Named Sue (Chord)
Submitter: Frode (10) on 3/21/02 11 comments
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My daddy left home when I was three
And he didn't leave much to Ma and me
     D                                      G
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
      D                                   G
Was before he left, he went and named me 'Sue.'

Well, he must o' thought that is was 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 that give 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!”

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 good-bye
I knew you'd have to get tough or die
And it's that 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 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-b***h that named you 'Sue'.'

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 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!
 Comments (click here to add a non-facebook comment)
cool dude is wrong!johnny cash
plays this G C D ,
not A D E!
-doomsdayrobert | 3/4/2004
Put a capo on. I can see by your language that your intelect is very low.
-JonathanH | 3/19/2004
jonathanH is calling me an idiot...
-doomsdayrobert | 3/29/2004

Why do you have to criticize everything I say?
I am allowed to talk to my friends, and so are you.
If you don't understand what's going on, then maybe
you should stay out of the conversation to avoid confusion.
I apoligize for making a joke... I didn't realize
that this was the online auschwitz. I don't judge you,
so please be more open-minded and have some respect for me
and the other users at this site. we will all appreciate it.

Robert Johnson
-doomsdayrobert | 4/2/2004
Let's remain calm...unless I check this, I can't say hwat key it is
in but technically it could be in any key but I tab my songs in the
recorded key so you can play along with it...

-lmofle | 4/13/2004
I was just kiddin' bout what I wrote up top,
but i do think the version of this song on
San Quentin is played in a different key...
which recording is this?
-doomsdayrobert | 4/20/2004
That was cool Stelvans, I like that.
on another note however....
I have been throwing in a D7 in some spots
such as "It seemed I had to fight my whole life through"
and some other spots leading back into the G chord, check
it out let me know what you think...

-wlc74 | 12/2/2004
very good tab. lined up perfectly. no criticism but if you put the capo on the third fret then we have it in the recorded key. awsome job though

-washburn88 | 5/10/2005
First of all let it be said that Cash is the man. I dont know how anyone could not appreciate his music. John played it at San Quentin with a Capo on the 1st fret, just to clear it up.
-bigeagle | 12/1/2005
yep, 3rd fret, yep, first fret. Key of A on first or key of G on guys got it!
-Phil Sears | 12/29/2005
what a bunch of sissy crybabies-gotta go my sis need's me!
-doingmysisinar | 1/1/2006
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