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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 ole guitar and an empty bottle of booze.

Now I don't blame…

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