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Duration: 3:55 
Release Date: 1969  (Shalom) 
Lyrics By: Sheldon Silverstein (Shalom) 
Music By: Sheldon Silverstein (Shalom) 
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Released By: RCA Victor LSP4192 (Shalom) 
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Hey, my daddy left home when I was three
And he didn't leave much for ma and me
Just this here old guitar and a half filled bottle of booze
And it wasn't just that he run and hid
But the meanest thing that old man did
Is before he left, he went and named me Sue
Yeah, he must've thought it was quite a joke
And it got a lot of laughs from lots of folk
It seems I had to fight my whole life through
Well, the girl'd giggle and I'd get red
And some guy would laugh I'd have to bust his head
And I tell ya, life ain't easy for a boy named Sue
Yeah, 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
And I made me a vow to the moon and stars;
I'd search them honky tonks and bars
And I kill the man that gave me that awful name
It was Gatlinburg in mid-July;
I drove up, and my throat was dry
I thought that I'd stop and have me a brew
In an old saloon on a street of mud
And there at a table dealing stud
Sat the dirty, heartless hound that named me Sue
Yeah, I knew that old man was my dad
From a worn-out picture my momma'd had
I knew the scar on his cheek and his twinkly eye
He was kinda bent and gray and old
And I looked at him and my blood run cold
I said, "My name is Sue, how do you do, now you're gonna die."
So I hit him hard right between the eyes;
He went down but to my surprise
Come up with a knife and he cut up a piece of my ear
So I busted a chair right across his teeth
And we crashed through the wall and out into the street
A 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
Then he went for a gun and I heard him curse
When he seen that I grabbed it first
He looked up at me and he said with a sheepish smile
He said boy, he says, this world is rough
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 goodbye;
I knew you'd have to get tough or die
And it's that name that helped to make you strong
He said you just fought one heck of a fight
And I know you hate me, you got the right
To kill me and I wouldn't blame you much if you do
But ya ought first thank me before I die
For the gravel in your guts and the steel in your eye
'Cause I'm that heartless hound who named you Sue.
What could I do?
I got all choked up and I put down the gun
And I called him pa and he called me son
And I come away with a whole different point of view
And I think about him now and then
Every time I try and every time I win
And you know if I ever have a son,
I think I just might name him
Jim or name him Paul or some like that
I still hate that old man for hangin' me up.
Puttin' me uptight around girls.
I'll name my kid Jack or Frank or Rocky
And if I ever see that man again
I'll wipe him out I won't let him toss me out...
(Marcus Tee)
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