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Capo 1st fret Intro: | A | A | A | A | A Well, my daddy left home when I was three D and he didn't leave much for ma and me, E A just this old guitar and an empty bottle of booze. Now, I don't blame him 'cause he run and hid, D but the meanest thing that he ever did E A was before he left, he went and named me Sue. A Well, he must have thought that it was quite a joke, D and it got a lot of laughs from a lots of folks. E A It seems I had to fight my whole life through, Some gal would giggle and I'd get red, D some guy would laugh and I'd bust his head, E A I tell you, life ain't easy for a boy named Sue. A Well, I grew up quick and I grew up mean; D my fist got hard and my wits got keen. E A Roamed from town to town to hide my shame, but I made me a vow to the moon and stars, D I'd search the honky-tonks and bars, E A and kill that man that gave me that awful name. A Well, it was Gatlinburg in mid July, D and I had just hit town and my throat was dry. E A I'd thought I'd stop by and have myself a brew. At an old saloon on a street of mud, D there at a table dealin' stud, E A sat the dirty, mangy dog that named me Sue. A Well, I knew that the snake was my own sweet dad D from a worn-out picture that my mother'd had. E A And I knew the scar on his cheek and his evil eye. He was big and bent and gray and old, D and I looked at him and my blood ran cold, E A and I said, "My name is Sue. How do you do? Now you gonna die." Yeah, that's what I told him. A Well, I hit him hard right between the eyes, D and he went down, but to my surprise E A he come up with a knife and cut off a piece of my ear. But I busted a chair right across his teeth. D And we smashed through the wall and into the street, E A kickin' and a gougin' in the mud and the blood and the beer. A I tell you, I've fought tougher men, D but I really can't remember when. E A He kicked like a mule and he bit like a crocodile. I heard him laugh and then I heard him cussin', D He went for his gun and I pulled mine first. E A He stood there lookin' at me and I saw him smile. A And he said, "Son, this world is rough, D and if a man's gonna make it, he's gotta be tough. E A And I knew I wouldn't be there to help you along. So I gave you that name and I said, 'goodbye'. D I knew you'd have to get tough or die. E A And it's that name that helped to make you strong." A Yeah, he said, "now, you just fought one hell of a fight, D and I know you hate me and you've got the right E A to kill me now and I wouldn't blame you if you do. But you ought to thank me before I die D for the gravel in your guts and the spit in your eye, E A 'cause I'm the son of a bitch that named you Sue." A D Yeah, what could I do? What could I do? E I got all choked up and I threw down my gun, A 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, D ev'ry time I try and ev'ry time I win, E And if I ever have a son, I think I'm gonna name him... A Bill og George. Anything but Sue. I still hate that name. Yeah! For more Johnny Cash Chords visit www.Unofficial-JohnnyCash.com