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A Boy Named Sue Chords

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[Verse 1]

G
My daddy left home when I was three
       C
And he didn't leave much to Ma and me
     D                                      G
Just this old guitar and an empty bottle of booze.
G
Now, I don't blame him cause he run and hid
        C
But the meanest thing that he ever did
      D                                   G
Was before he left, he went and named me 'Sue.'


[Verse 2]
(same as verse 1)

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.'


[Verse 3]
(same as verse 1)

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.


[Verse 4]
(same as verse 1)

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.'


[Verse 5]
(same as verse 1)

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!"


[Verse 6]
(same as verse 1)

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.


[Verse 7]
(same as verse 1)

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.


[Verse 8]
(same as verse 1)

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."


[Verse 9]
(same as verse 1)

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-bitch that named you 'Sue'.'


[Verse 10]
(same as verse 1)

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!
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Joshyuha 13 wrote on June 19 2003, 12:00 am

This is close, but try capoing on the 1st fret, the chord progression goes A, D, E. Instead of G, C, D.

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Saschava 165 wrote on December 6 2005, 02:23 am

actually Bb Eb F, or if you prefer A# D# E#

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damienbelfast 20 wrote on October 25 2006, 01:30 pm

Not correct!

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