A Boy Named Sue (3:34)

Cover of The Legend of Johnny Cash

From The Legend of Johnny Cash and 144 other releases

This version of “A Boy Named Sue” was recorded in front of a live audience.

The track is a comical song written by Shel Silverstein and performed by / singer Johnny Cash. It tells the first-person story of a boy named “Sue,” whose father, before walking out of his life, named him that in order to make him strong. Unbeknownst to the, now, man, he meets his father and a barroom brawl ensues.


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Well, 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 run and hid

MetroLyrics Full lyrics at MetroLyrics


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  • tuichgut


    25 Jun 5:52pm Reply
  • Lowbacca

    legendary recording off AT SAN QUENTIN

    11 Jan 4:38pm Reply
  • Thonydef

    poor boy sue lol

    16 Oct 2013 Reply
  • blaze1289

    Shel Silverstein wrote this. That just makes it so much more awesome in my book. Especially since Johnny Cash is the perfect person to perform a song like this.

    30 Sep 2013 Reply
  • mandryka

    If I ever have a son, I think I'm gonna name him... Bill, or George, anything but Sue (I still hate that name!!!)!

    23 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Taiteki


    3 May 2013 Reply
  • nvime

    This is my shit! Johnny Cash? Yes Sir

    16 Apr 2013 Reply
  • ati1978

    aye, sir!

    4 Mar 2013 Reply
  • himay333

    One of my all time favorites. I still remember the awkward conversation 30 years ago - dad, what's a son of a bitch?

    24 Sep 2012 Reply
  • chibinovachan

    MY NAME IS SUE HOW DO YOU DO?! (Now you're gonna die)

    28 Jun 2012 Reply
  • NitaD1

    Can anyone ever get enough of this??....brilliant!!

    11 Jun 2012 Reply
  • xtwntraphq

    Thee Immortal Johnny !

    15 May 2012 Reply
  • acm323

    This version sucks! Why is son of a bitch bleeped out? Weak!

    1 May 2012 Reply
  • creepinmaster

    Cash was such an amazing storyteller

    19 Apr 2012 Reply
  • PattySauce

    Johnny rocks!!! One of his best!!

    2 Apr 2012 Reply
  • wildtony40

    great songs.

    17 Mar 2012 Reply

    When life gives you lemons... smile because you are not a boy named Sue. And @nssworld: not 'manger dog', but 'mangy dog'

    29 Dec 2011 Reply
  • nssworld

    There sat the dirty manger dog that named me Sue....

    22 Dec 2011 Reply
  • miss_unafraid

    Not a fan of country or this type of "talking" songs, but Cash is awesome and this story really puts me in a good mood.

    21 Oct 2011 Reply
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