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Shel Silverstein


Well, my daddy left home
When I was three
And he didn't leave very much to my ma and me
Except this ole guitar and
An empty bottle of booze
Now I don't blame him
'Cause he run and hid
But the meanest thing that my daddy ever did
Was before he left he went and named me Sue

He musta thought
That it was quite a joke
And it got a lot of laughs from lots a folks
Seems I had to fight my whole life through
Some gal would giggle and I'd turn red
And some guy'd laugh and I'd bust his head
I'll tell ya, life ain't easy for a boy named Sue

Well, I grew up quick and I grew up mean
My fists got hard and my wits got keen
Roamed from town to town
To hide my shame
But I made me a vow to the moon and stars
I'd search the honky-tonks and bars
And kill that man that gave
Me that awful name

Well, it was Gatlinburg in mid-July
And I'd 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 dealin' 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 had
Knew that scar on
His cheek and his evil eye
He was big and bent and grey 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!"

Well, I hit him hard right
Between the eyes
And he went down but to my surprise
Came up with a knife and
Cut off a piece of my ear
Then I busted a chair right across his teeth
And we crashed through
The wall and into the street
Kickin' and a gougin' in the mud
And the blood and the beer

Well 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
And he reached for his gun but
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 know I wouldn't be
There to help you along
So I gave you that name
And I said goodbye
I knew you'd have to get tough or die
And it's that name that helped
To make you strong."

He said, "Now you just fought
One heck of a fight
And I know you hate me
And ya got the right
To kill me now and I wouldn't
Blame you if you do
But you oughta thank me before I die
For the gravel in your gut
And the spit in the eye
'Cause I'm the S.O.B
That named you Sue."

Yeah, what could I do?

I got all choked up and threw down my gun
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 boy
I think I'm gonna name him
Bill or George or Frank
Anything damn thing but Sue!
Hate that name