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Johnny Cash - Boy Named Sue (Tab)
Submitter: madtabber (1) on 12/11/05 10 comments
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Johnny Cash
Boy named Sue

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Basic Rythym (Repeated Over)
E||------------------|----------------------|----------------------|
B||------------------|-------3---------3----|-------3---------3----|
G||------------------|-------3---------3----|-------3---------3----|
D||------------------|-------3---------3----|-------3---------3----|
A||------------------|--1-------------------|--1-------------------|
E||------------------|------------1---------|------------1---------|


                                                                     
----------------------|----------------------|----------------------|
-------3---------3----|-------3---------3----|-------3---------3----|
-------3---------3----|-------3---------3----|-------3---------3----|
-------3---------3----|-------3---------3----|-------3---------3----|
--1-------------------|--1-------------------|--1-------------------|
------------1---------|------------1---------|------------1---------|


                                                                      
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-------3---------3----|-------4---------4----|-------4---------------|
-------3---------3----|-------3---------3----|-------3---------0-----|
-------3---------3----|--1----5---------5----|--1----5----1----11----|
--1---------3----5----|------------1---------|-----------------13----|
----------------------|----------------------|-----------------12----|


                                                                          
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-------------------------|-------6----------------|-----------------3----|
-------------------------|-------8----------8-----|-------7---------3----|
--------10---------10----|-------10---------10----|-------8---------3----|
--------12---------12----|--8----12----8----8-----|-------8--------------|
--13----11----8----11----|------------------------|--6---------1---------|


Lead Parts(Best if played along side of Someone playing rythym)

E||------------------|------------------|-------1----3-------|
B||------------------|------------------|--------------------|
G||------------------|------------------|--------------------|
D||------------------|------------------|--------------------|
A||------------------|------------------|--------------------|
E||------------------|------------------|--------------------|


                                                                 
-------6------3------|---9----8---6---8------|------------------|
-------6--------6----|-----------------------|------------------|
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-------6--------------|--------------------|---------------------|
------------8----6----|--------------------|---------------------|
----------------------|--8-----------------|-------7----8----9---|
----------------------|--------------------|---------------------|
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----------------------|--------------------|---------------------|


                                                               
---------------------|------------------|-------6-------------|
---------------------|------------------|-------6------6-8----|
---10----------------|------------------|---------------------|
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----6------------3------|---6---6--------3----|---6----3----1--3------|
--6----------6----------|--------------6------|-----------------------|
------------------------|---------------------|-----------------------|
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-------3--------------|---------------------|---------------------|
-------4------2-1-----|---4---4----2--4-----|-------1------3-1----|
----------------------|---------------------|-------5-------------|
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---1----1----3---6----|-------6--------3-----|---6------------3----|
----------------------|-------6------6-------|----------6----------|
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------6--------3-----|---6------------3----|-----------------------|
------6------6-------|---6------6----------|-------4----4---3------|
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-------------------0----|--------1-------------|---1----1-----3----1----|
---4-----3----4---------|------1--------3-1----|------------------------|
------------------------|----------------------|------------------------|
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------0-1------------|--1----3--1------------|-------6---------3----|
--------------3------|---------------3-1-----|-------6------6-------|
---------------------|--------------------3--|----------------------|
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---6-------------3---|------3--------------|---3-----------------|
---6------6----------|------4-------2------|---4------2------4---|
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------1--------------|--1----1----3----1----|------6----------3----|
------1------3--1----|----------------------|------6--------6------|
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 Comments (click here to add a non-facebook comment)
Bb? The song's in G how I know it.There's a
lead tab for this song on another site, but
didn't check to see what key it's in.The first of the tab that you have here is a Bb
chord.It might be a different version than
the one that I have.
-macg1 | 12/11/2005
Johnny always did this tune in Bb or maybe even A every now and then, but never G. Good Carl Perkins licks!!!
-tyler1501 | 12/11/2005
Yeah this song was never done in the key of G. It was mostly done in Bb. His live perfomances were done in A at times, but very rarely.
And yeah there are a few bends, pull offs and hammer-ons in the Perkins solo, I didnt have time to put them all in there, yet. Im getting to it though. Not many people know of Carl Perkins or that he orignally wrote and recorded Blue Suede Shoes (which was made famous by Elvis) from an idea that Cash himself gave him. Its ashame that kids now and day and I say this like Im old but im only 26, but its ashame that kids now and day dont understand country music. They hear music from Big and Rich, or Trace Adkins, or those today who are turning our beloved music into something it should never be, and think that its hip. Country was never meant to be hip.And being only 26 y/o I can't say I miss the older days but I do miss the music from those days.
-madtabber | 12/11/2005
ya man i here you i cant say kids because im 18 but i think we are still feeling the effects of nashvilles hero garth brooks and after him if you think about it is when the legends became to "country" for country nothing personal about the guy. This is why i like the texas and okie artist some are the closest to real country you will get now a days. You do have to be fair though some of them have some good songs but its more of this country rock or what do you call it southern rock i think which has just become country
-dustman06 | 12/12/2005
Sometimes artists today may have big elaborate tributes to the legends of C&W music, and that is all fine and good. But when they turn around a put out the kind of music they do, it is a direct insult to the original country artists and the work they did creating this, once great, genere of music. I sense no appreciation there, myself. It is all a big money scam; the music doesn't matter anymore. As long is it sounds close to the modern Nashville sound and what is being played on mainstream country radio stations, record companies will put it out without thinking twice. There is no emotion or originallity in country music today. I mean, when you hear Luther Perkins kick off a song, you immediatley know Johnny Cash is going to start singing. That just doesn't happen in modern country music.
-tyler1501 | 12/13/2005
Guy's, your way off base here. Today's country does have feeling in it. If yu listen to Kenny Chesney and Tracy Lawrence. These two artist's alone right some of the greatest country music today, because they write about true life stuff. It's powerful. True, it's nothing like the country of old, but all things change. Nothing stays the same. Sure there are some songs like "Honkytonk Badonkadonk" that are popular because it's up with the times. But the real country music that tells a story is th best whether it's old or new school country.
-MattCruiz | 12/19/2005
Well,yeah,it is the lyrics in country music.
Country music has culture in it.Cash was the
ultimate artist.He sang about EVERYTHING.He
sang about the people,told stories about the
west and cowpokes,places,Native American
culture,trains,prisons,and religion.There's
many other things that he sang about.He always have passion in his songs,especially
within the lyrics.It's what the song is saying that makes country, but it is also
the sound also.Now modern "country" sounds more like pop-rock,but there's really nothing that we can do to change that.The only thing to do is wait for a new sound to
develop when the time changes again.But there is ONE things that I have to say, that
will NEVER be country is this cowboy troy
character.cowboy troy can NEVER be considered country.
And,John did "A Boy Named Sue" in Bb and A,
but I don't think you could say that he never did it in G.I saw a video of him doing
it in G.
Also, for "Man In Black", the tab on this
site has it in C, well that's another song
that he used Bb and A.I'm submitting the
right chords for the song.
-macg1 | 12/19/2005
Shel Silverstein wrote it in Bb and Johnny played it in Bb,,, Great tab,, Keep up the good work!!!!!
-aussief | 10/30/2010
Definitely Bb. Or A#
-crisdye | 10/12/2011
Yeah, great tabbing please do more of the OLD country tabs I can say good old days I'm 59 been listening to country ALL my life Playing guitar for over 45 years.Play lap steel too thogh just learning it. And a couple of ones who are staying with traditional sounds are George Strait and Alan Jackson!!!!!!
-stjohjo | 8/10/2012
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