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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 ran and hid

But the meanest thing that he ever did

Was before he left, he went and named me Sue.

Well, he must of 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,

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

But I made a vow to the moon and stars

That 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!" That`s what I told him

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 knew 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."

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*tch 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 came 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! Any damn thing but Sue! I still hate that name!

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Release History

The Johnny Cash song "A Boy Named Sue" appears on the following albums:
1994-12-08: The Beast in Me: Austin, TX, USA
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A Boy Named Sue
1982

A Boy Named Sue

  1. A Boy Named Sue (3:34)
  2. Ring of Fire (2:47)
A Boy Named Sue
2004

A Boy Named Sue
2001

A Boy Named Sue / San Quentin
July 1969

A Boy Named Sue / San Quentin

  1. A Boy Named Sue (3:34)
  2. San Quentin (2:52)
A Thing Called Love / A Boy Named Sue
1995

Anthology
2001

At Folsom Prison / At San Quentin: The 2 Classic Prison Concerts
30 January 2006

At Madison Square Garden
24 August 2002

At Madison Square Garden / Man In Black: Live In Denmark 1971
2008

Bigger Than Life
01 February 2005

Biggest Hits
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Bootleg, Volume 3: Live Around the World
07 October 2011

Feel the Groove
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Johnny Cash
2001

Johnny Cash
2001

Live and on the Air
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Live Recordings
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Man In Black
14 June 2005

Reader's Digest Classics
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Reader's Digest Classics

  1. A Thing Called Love (2:32)
  2. Jackson (2:44)
  3. Ring of Fire (2:47)
  4. Daddy Sang Bass (2:20)
  5. Don't Take Your Guns to Town (3:02)
  6. Understand Your Man (2:42)
  7. Forty Shades Of Green (2:57)
  8. I Walk The Line (2:50)
  9. The Streets of Laredo (3:38)
  10. He'll Understand and Say Well Done (2:26)
  11. I Got Stripes (1:59)
  12. In Them Old Cottonfields Back Home (2:35)
  13. Amen (2:08)
  14. Don't Think Twice,it's Alright (2:45)
  15. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down (3:27)
  16. Five Feet High and Rising (1:48)
  17. Gospel Boogie (2:37)
  18. It Ain't Me, Babe (3:05)
  19. Guess Things Happen That Way (1:49)
  20. Wabash Cannonball (2:42)
  21. What Is Truth (2:37)
  22. Amazing Grace (2:27)
  23. Blistered (2:24)
  24. The City Of New Orleans (3:42)
  25. Folsom Prison Blues (2:42)
  26. Jesus Was A Carpenter (3:58)
  27. My Old Kentucky Home (Turpentine And Dandelion Wine (2:51)
  28. I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry (2:42)
  29. San Quentin (2:52)
  30. Shepherd of My Heart (2:13)
  31. All of God's Children Ain't Free (2:13)
  32. I Still Miss Someone (2:36)
  33. If I Were a Carpenter (2:18)
  34. Delia's Gone (3:03)
  35. If I Had A Hammer (2:28)
  36. Kate (2:17)
  37. Green Grow The Lilacs (2:46)
  38. One Piece at a Time (4:00)
  39. This Train Is Bound For Glory (3:29)
  40. Busted (2:23)
  41. Man in Black (2:52)
  42. Remember The Alamo (2:48)
  43. (Ghost) Riders in The Sky (3:43)
  44. The One on The Right is on The Left (2:51)
  45. The Shifting, Whispering Sands (2:32)
  46. Hey Porter (2:15)
  47. Old Shep (2:23)
  48. Wreck of The Old '97 (2:48)
  49. Bury Me Not on The Lone Prairie (2:27)
  50. Orange Blossom Special (4:01)
  51. The Rebel Johnny Yuma (1:53)
  52. Flesh and Blood (2:35)
  53. The Ballad of Ira Hayes (4:10)
  54. When It's Springtime In Alaska (2:39)
  55. If We Never Meet Again (3:02)
  56. The Lady Came From Baltimore (2:46)
  57. The Long Black Veil (3:10)
  58. Keep On The Sunny Side (1:42)
  59. Peace in the Valley (2:48)
  60. The Baron (3:37)
  61. Any Old Wind That Blows (2:47)
  62. Let There Be Country (2:60)
  63. These Hands (2:12)
  64. A Boy Named Sue (3:34)
  65. Sunday Morning Coming Down (3:56)
Ring Of Fire
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Ring Of Fire

  1. Ring of Fire (2:47)
  2. Big River (1:35)
  3. City of New Orleans (3:35)
  4. Sunday Morning Coming Down (3:56)
  5. A Boy Named Sue (3:34)
  6. Peace in the Valley (2:48)
  7. The Wall (1:49)
  8. Sixteen Tons (2:39)
  9. Get Rhythm (2:13)
Ring Of Fire
1999

Ring of Fire
25 May 1999

The Best Of Johnny Cash
06 April 1998

The Best Of Johnny Cash
1973

The Legend

  1. Hey Porter (2:15)
  2. I Walk The Line (2:50)
  3. The Wreck Of The Old 97 (1:50)
  4. Cry, Cry, Cry (2:25)
  5. Diamonds In The Rough (3:10)
  6. Rock Island Line (2:11)
  7. There You Go (2:17)
  8. Goodnight Irene (2:41)
  9. Home of The Blues (2:40)
  10. Luther Played The Boogie (2:03)
  11. (There'll Be) Peace in The Valley (2:50)
  12. Ballad of a Teenage Queen (2:11)
  13. Get Rhythm (2:13)
  14. Goodbye Little Darlin' (2:17)
  15. Were You There (when They Crucified My Lord) (3:53)
  16. Another Man Done Gone (2:37)
  17. Born To Lose (2:11)
  18. Give My Love to Rose (2:46)
  19. Guess Things Happen That Way (1:49)
  20. I Was There when It Happened (2:15)
  21. Pick The Wildwood Flower (2:59)
  22. The Ways of a Woman in Love (2:14)
  23. Walking The Blues (2:14)
  24. Big River (1:35)
  25. Don't Take Your Guns to Town (3:02)
  26. Frankie's Man Johnny (2:16)
  27. Jackson (2:44)
  28. Delia's Gone (3:03)
  29. I Still Miss Someone (2:36)
  30. If I Were a Carpenter (2:18)
  31. Ring of Fire (2:47)
  32. Girl from The North Country (3:43)
  33. In The Jailhouse Now (2:24)
  34. Pickin' Time (1:56)
  35. The Matador (2:48)
  36. One More Ride (2:01)
  37. The Man on The Hill (2:10)
  38. Understand Your Man (2:42)
  39. Waiting for a Train (2:08)
  40. Casey Jones (1:35)
  41. Five Feet High and Rising (1:48)
  42. The Ballad of Ira Hayes (4:10)
  43. You Can't Beat Jesus Christ (3:41)
  44. Orange Blossom Special (4:01)
  45. Tennessee Flat-Top Box (3:01)
  46. The Legend of John Henry's Hammer (8:24)
  47. There Ain't No Good Chain Gang (3:18)
  48. I Got Stripes (1:59)
  49. I've Been Working On The Railroad (3:27)
  50. The One on The Right is on The Left (2:51)
  51. We Ought To Be Ashamed (2:46)
  52. Crazy Old Soldier (3:35)
  53. Rosanna's Going Wild (2:00)
  54. Sweet Betsy from Pike (3:17)
  55. Troublesome Waters (3:52)
  56. Folsom Prison Blues (2:42)
  57. Silver Haired Daddy Of Mine (2:49)
  58. The Long Black Veil (3:10)
  59. The Streets of Laredo (3:38)
  60. Bury Me Not on The Lone Prairie (2:27)
  61. Daddy Sang Bass (2:20)
  62. Dark As a Dungeon (2:31)
  63. Who's Gene Autry? (3:52)
  64. A Boy Named Sue (3:34)
  65. Down In The Valley (3:11)
  66. The Night Hank Williams Came to Town (3:22)
  67. The Wall (1:49)
  68. 25 Minutes to Go (3:12)
  69. I Walk The Line (Revisited) (3:51)
  70. Wabash Cannonball (2:42)
  71. What Is Truth (2:37)
  72. Cocaine Blues (2:52)
  73. Highwayman (2:39)
  74. Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down (4:08)
  75. The Great Speckle Bird (2:07)
  76. Doin' My Time (2:38)
  77. Flesh and Blood (2:35)
  78. The Wanderer (4:44)
  79. Wildwood Flower (2:14)
  80. Cotton Fields (2:34)
  81. I Will Rock And Roll With You (2:52)
  82. Man in Black (2:52)
  83. September When It Comes (3:40)
  84. A Thing Called Love (2:32)
  85. Pick A Bale O' Cotton (1:55)
  86. Tears In The Holston River (3:42)
  87. Without Love (2:30)
  88. Far Side Banks Of Jordan (2:10)
  89. Kate (2:17)
  90. Old Shep (2:23)
  91. The Big Light (2:43)
  92. Highway Patrolman (5:20)
  93. I'll Be All Smiles Tonight (2:50)
  94. It Takes One to Know Me (3:36)
  95. ONEY (3:09)
  96. Any Old Wind That Blows (2:47)
  97. I'm Never Gonna Roam Again (2:35)
  98. I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry (2:42)
  99. One Piece at a Time (4:00)
  100. Time Changes Everything (1:47)
  101. When I'm Gray (3:33)
  102. Forever Young (6:16)
  103. (Ghost) Riders in The Sky (3:43)
  104. Keep On The Sunny Side (1:42)
The Legend
16 August 2005

The Legend

  1. Hey Porter (2:15)
  2. I Walk The Line (2:50)
  3. Keep On The Sunny Side (1:42)
  4. KWEM Announcements And Advertisements (0:46)
  5. The Wreck Of The Old 97 (1:50)
  6. Cry, Cry, Cry (2:25)
  7. Diamonds In The Rough (3:10)
  8. Johnny Cash Show Intro And Theme) (1:37)
  9. Rock Island Line (2:11)
  10. There You Go (2:17)
  11. Goodnight Irene (2:41)
  12. Home of The Blues (2:40)
  13. Luther Played The Boogie (2:03)
  14. Peace in the Valley (2:48)
  15. Wide Open Road (2:31)
  16. Ballad of a Teenage Queen (2:11)
  17. Get Rhythm (2:13)
  18. Goodbye Little Darlin' (2:17)
  19. Home Equipment Company Advertisement (1:16)
  20. Were You There (when They Crucified My Lord) (3:53)
  21. Another Man Done Gone (2:37)
  22. Born To Lose (2:11)
  23. Give My Love to Rose (2:46)
  24. Guess Things Happen That Way (1:49)
  25. One More Ride (2:01)
  26. Home Equipment Company Adertisement / Luther Perkins (intro) (1:51)
  27. I Was There when It Happened (2:15)
  28. Pick The Wildwood Flower (2:59)
  29. The Ways of a Woman in Love (2:14)
  30. Walking The Blues (2:14)
  31. Big River (1:35)
  32. Don't Take Your Guns to Town (3:02)
  33. Frankie's Man Johnny (2:16)
  34. Jackson (2:44)
  35. Luther's Boogie (2:04)
  36. Belshazzar Intro (0:42)
  37. Delia's Gone (3:03)
  38. I Still Miss Someone (2:36)
  39. If I Were a Carpenter (feat. June Carter) (2:58)
  40. Ring of Fire (2:47)
  41. Belshazzar (2:30)
  42. Girl from The North Country (3:43)
  43. In The Jailhouse Now (2:24)
  44. Pickin' Time (1:56)
  45. The Matador (2:48)
  46. Closing Comments And Theme (1:25)
  47. The Man on The Hill (2:10)
  48. Understand Your Man (2:42)
  49. Waiting for a Train (2:08)
  50. Casey Jones (1:35)
  51. Five Feet High and Rising (1:48)
  52. Overton Park Shell Country Music Jamboree Advertisement By Texas Bill Strength (1:01)
  53. The Ballad of Ira Hayes (4:10)
  54. You Can't Beat Jesus Christ (3:41)
  55. Orange Blossom Special (4:01)
  56. Tennessee Flat-Top Box (3:01)
  57. The Legend of John Henry's Hammer (8:24)
  58. There Ain't No Good Chain Gang (3:18)
  59. I Got Stripes (1:59)
  60. I've Been Working On The Railroad (3:27)
  61. The One on The Right is on The Left (2:51)
  62. We Ought To Be Ashamed (2:46)
  63. Crazy Old Soldier (3:35)
  64. Rosanna's Going Wild (2:00)
  65. Sweet Betsy from Pike (3:17)
  66. Troublesome Waters (3:52)
  67. Folsom Prison Blues (2:42)
  68. Silver Haired Daddy Of Mine (2:49)
  69. The Long Black Veil (3:10)
  70. The Streets of Laredo (3:38)
  71. Bury Me Not on The Lone Prairie (2:27)
  72. Daddy Sang Bass (2:20)
  73. Dark As a Dungeon (2:31)
  74. Who's Gene Autry? (3:52)
  75. A Boy Named Sue (3:34)
  76. Down In The Valley (3:11)
  77. The Night Hank Williams Came to Town (3:22)
  78. The Wall (1:49)
  79. 25 Minutes to Go (3:12)
  80. I Walk The Line (Revisited) (3:51)
  81. Wabash Cannonball (2:42)
  82. What Is Truth (2:37)
  83. Cocaine Blues (2:52)
  84. Highwayman (2:39)
  85. Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down (4:08)
  86. The Great Speckled Bird (2:08)
  87. Doin' My Time (2:38)
  88. Flesh and Blood (2:35)
  89. The Wanderer (4:44)
  90. Wildwood Flower (2:14)
  91. Cotton Fields (2:34)
  92. I Will Rock And Roll With You (2:52)
  93. Man in Black (2:52)
  94. September When It Comes (3:40)
  95. A Thing Called Love (2:32)
  96. Pick A Bale O' Cotton (1:55)
  97. Tears In The Holston River (3:42)
  98. Without Love (2:30)
  99. Far Side Banks Of Jordan (2:10)
  100. Kate (2:17)
  101. Old Shep (2:23)
  102. The Big Light (2:43)
  103. Highway Patrolman (5:20)
  104. I'll Be All Smiles Tonight (2:50)
  105. It Takes One to Know Me (3:36)
  106. ONEY (3:09)
  107. Any Old Wind That Blows (2:47)
  108. I'm Never Gonna Roam Again (2:35)
  109. I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry (2:42)
  110. One Piece at a Time (4:00)
  111. Time Changes Everything (1:47)
  112. When I'm Gray (3:33)
  113. Forever Young (6:16)
  114. (Ghost) Riders in The Sky (3:43)
The Legend Lives On
2004

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1994

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