Lyrics & Knowledge Personal Pages Record Shop Auction Links Radio & Media Kids Membership Help
The Mudcat Cafemuddy

Post to this Thread - Sort Descending - Printer Friendly - Home


Origin: A Boy Named Sue (Shel Silverstein)

DigiTrad:
A BOY NAMED SUE
BEANS TASTE FINE
BOTTOMLESS WELL
DIET SONG
FOLK SINGER'S BLUES
HEY NELLY NELLY
IN THE HILLS OF SHILOH
IT DOES NOT PAY TO BE HIP
LITTLE GREEN BUTTONS
LIVING LEGEND
LONNIGAN'S WIDOW
OUR HOUSE (ALWAYS WELCOME ...)
PLASTIC
QUEEN OF THE SILVER DOLLAR
SINGIN' IN THE KITCHEN
TESTING THE BOMB
THE UGLIEST MAN IN TOWN
THE WAVES ROLL OUT
THE WINNER
THREE LEGGED MAN
UNICORNS (GREEN ALLIGATORS)
VANILLA
VEGEMATIC
WINNER
YOUR TIME'S COMIN'


Related threads:
Shel Silverstein sites closed (songs) (32)
Lyr/Chords: In the Hills of Shiloh (S Silverstein) (23)
Lyr/Chords Req: The Diet Song (Shel Silverstein) (4)
Lyr Req: Nothing's Real Anymore (S Silverstein) (16)
Lyr Req: Bright Golden Buttons (Shel Silverstein) (31)
(origins) Origin: Time (Shel Silverstein) (11)
Lyr Req: Ballad of Lucy Jordan (Shel Silverstein) (13)
Lyr Req: Old Whisky and Young Women (Silverstein) (8)
Obit: Shel Silverstein (May, 1999) (76)
Chord Req: hey nellie nellie (7)
Lyr Add: On Susan's Floor (Silverstein) (10)
Lyr Req: New Frankie and Johnnie Song (Silverstein (20)
Lyr Req: I Got Stoned and I Missed It (Silverstein (10)
Lyr Req: Whistlers and Jugglers (Shel Silverstein) (11)
Lyr Add: On the Cover of the Music City News (2)
Lyr Req: Folk Singer's Blues (Shel Silverstein) (7)
Tech: Wayback Machine, $hel $ilverstein Lyrics (8)
Doctor Hook/Shel Silverstein (16)
Lyr Req: Masochistic Baby (Shel Silverstein) (9)
Lyr Req: 25 Minutes to Go (Shel Silverstein) (6)
Lyr Add: The Mermaid (Shel Silverstein) (12)
Shel Silverstein (3)
Lyr Add: In the Hills of Shiloh (parody) (5)
OBIT: Shel Silverstein has died (May 99) (4)
Lyr Req: The Mermaid (Shel Silverstein) (9)
Lyr Req: Cover of the Rolling Stone (Silverstein) (9)


Bo Vandenberg 04 Apr 97 - 03:29 PM
Mountain Dog 04 Apr 97 - 06:05 PM
dick greenhaus 05 Apr 97 - 11:13 AM
ron k 05 Apr 97 - 10:01 PM
bo 06 Apr 97 - 07:10 PM
Les Blank 06 Apr 97 - 08:07 PM
GENE GRAHAM 06 Apr 97 - 11:11 PM
ron k 08 Apr 97 - 09:48 PM
Jim Dixon 05 Dec 17 - 11:32 AM
GUEST,Gerry 05 Dec 17 - 09:02 PM
Share Thread
more
Lyrics & Knowledge Search [Advanced]
DT  Forum
Sort (Forum) by:relevance date
DT Lyrics:




Subject: Info: A Boy Named Sue
From: Bo Vandenberg
Date: 04 Apr 97 - 03:29 PM

Just a little note: According to _The Best of Johnny Cash_ Co. Hal Leonard Publishing 1982. A Boy Named Sue was written by that greatly overlooked writer Shel Silverstein, words and music. It lists a copywrite of 1969 Evil Eye Music , Inc. NY, NY.

It's not accredited in the DT.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Info: A Boy Named Sue
From: Mountain Dog
Date: 04 Apr 97 - 06:05 PM

Thanks, Bo, for raising the name and shining pate of old Shel in his guise as a subversive and inventive tunemonger. There's a 2 record set, including some live material, that came out on Fantasy records some 20-25 years ago called "Crouchin on the Outside" that has some wonderful Silverstein originals including the ultimate boasting song "I'm So Good That I Don't Have to Brag". I've long since lost my copy, but there are a fair number of tunes on it that someone could add to the DT archives if they had the notion.

I'll leave you with the lyrics to Shel's slightly unsettling tune, "The Bomb":

"They're testing the Bomb as I'm singing this song,

They say not to worry, cause nothing can go wrong,

Oh, they're testing the Bomb as I'm singing this song,

They say not to worry cause nothing ca.........."


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Info: A Boy Named Sue
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 05 Apr 97 - 11:13 AM

Thanx for the accreditation info. It will be included in future editions.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Info: A Boy Named Sue
From: ron k
Date: 05 Apr 97 - 10:01 PM

Just a little more about Shel Silverstein.

If you remember a group called Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show, he wrote some of the immortal ( some say immoral) songs that they recorded such as "Pennicillin Penny", "Acapulca Goldie", and most, if not all, (my memory fails me a little) of the songs on at least 2 albums - SLOOPY SECONDS & BELLY UP.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Info: A Boy Named Sue
From: bo
Date: 06 Apr 97 - 07:10 PM

Dr Hook is actually where I firs discoverred Silverstein's work, in those self same songs. I'm perpetually amazed by the range of the man's work. I really like his twisted mind.

bo


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Info: A Boy Named Sue
From: Les Blank
Date: 06 Apr 97 - 08:07 PM

Shel did something for everybody, and twisted though he may be, he also penned some delightful children's poetry. My three kids reveled in Light in the Attic and Where the Sidewalk Ends.So did their old man when he read them to them.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: Lyr Add: A GIRL NAMED JOHNNY CASH (Martin Mull)
From: GENE GRAHAM
Date: 06 Apr 97 - 11:11 PM

HELLO ALL! A BOY NAMED SUE - written by Shel Silverstein and recorded by Johnny Cash was no doubt a never to be forgotten song. Shortly thereafter a sorta answer type of song was penned by Martin Mull and recorded by Jane Morgan. The album: Jane Morgan In Nashville/1970/RCA LSP-4322 has the only recording I have ever found of the song.


A GIRL NAMED JOHNNY CASH
Recorded by Jane Morgan
Written by Martin Mull

INTRO: Kick off with FOLSOM PRISON BLUES (da da da dah dah dah da-da-da dah).

[G#] Started out in Tennessee in 1944
When the [C#] doctor hollered, "It's a girl"
My father hit the floor
Then he [G#] hit the bottle
And he signed his name
And he drove off in the Nash
And [Eb] when that sun came up again
He'd named me Johnny [G#] Cash. Uhh! [F#] Uhh!

[F#] So at 22 I left my home
To Nashville I did go
To [B] try to land me a little job
Had to earn myself some dough
I was [F#] workin' in a diner
In a hairnet servin' hash
And [C#] on my little apron
Was embroidered Johnny [F#] Cash. Uhh! [E] Uhh!

[E] I coulda had my pick of men
If I'd been named Lucille
But [A] when they saw my uniform
They just laughed and ate their meals
So [E] I just drink my coffee black
In back behind the trash
And [B] curse that lousy drunkard
Who had named me Johnny [E] Cash.

FOLSOM PRISON BLUES TURN AROUND

And I walked the streets of Nashville
I was feelin' low and lost
Thought I'd go and change my name
No matter what it cost
I stood in line behind a man
Who turned and in a flash
He said; "My name is Sue"
And I said; "Great, I'm Johnny Cash." Uhh! [F#] Uhh!

(Same chords as 2nd verse)
Now me and Sue is married
With a little boy and girl
The boy was christened Jessica
And the girl was christened Earl
And when my Sue comes home from work
It's up the stairs we dash
'Cause I love to hear my little Susie say;
"I love you - Johnny Cash."

TAG: Same ending as on FOLSOM PRISON BLUES.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Info: A Boy Named Sue
From: ron k
Date: 08 Apr 97 - 09:48 PM

Great song Gene!

Shel also has at least one, and maybe more, albums of childrens music and poetry. His sense of humor is similar to that of my 2 kids. If you're out there Shel, keep writing.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: Lyr Add: FATHER OF A BOY NAMED SUE (S Silverstein)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 05 Dec 17 - 11:32 AM

THE FATHER OF A BOY NAMED SUE
As recorded by Shel Silverstein on "Songs and Stories" (2011).

Okay now, years ago I wrote a song called "Boy Named Sue," and that was okay and everything, except then I started thinkin' about it, and I thought it was unfair. I am lookin' at the whole thing from the poor kid's point of view, and as I get older and more fatherly, I began to look at things from old men's point of view, so I decided to give the old man equal time. Okay, here we go:

Yeah, I left home when the kid was three,
And it sure felt good to be fancy-free,
Though I knew it wasn't quite the fatherly thing to do;
But that kid kept screamin' an' throwin' up,
And pissin' in his pants till I had enough,
So just for revenge I went and named him Sue.

It was Gatlinburg in mid-July.
I was gettin' drunk but gettin' by,
Gettin' old and goin' from bad to worse,
When through the door with an awful scream
Comes the ugliest queen I've ever seen.
He says: "My name is Sue! How do you do!" Then he hits me with his purse.

Now this ain't the way he tells the tale,
But he scratched my face with his fingernails,
And then he bit my thumb and kicked me with his high-heeled shoe.
So I hit him in the nose and he started to cry,
And he threw some perfume in my eye,
And it sure ain't easy fightin' a boy named Sue.

So I hit him in the head with a cane-back chair,
And he screamed: "Hey, Dad! You mussed my hair!"
And he hit me in the navel and knocked out a piece o' my lint.
He was spittin' blood; I was spittin' teeth,
And we crashed through the wall and out into the street,
A-kickin' an' gougin' in the mud and the blood and the cr?me de menthe.

Then out o' his garter he pulls a gun.
I'm about to get shot by my very own son!
He's screamin' 'bout Sigmund Freud and lookin' grim;
So I thought fast and I told him some stuff,
How I named him Sue just to make him tough,
And I guess he bought it 'cause now I'm livin' with him.

Yeah, he cooks and sews and cleans up the place.
He cuts my hair and shaves my face,
And irons my shirts better than a daughter could do,
And on the nights that I can't score,
Well, I can't tell you any more,
But it sure is a joy to have a boy named Sue.

Yeah, a son is fun, but it's a joy to have a boy named Sue.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Origin: A Boy Named Sue (Shel Silverstein)
From: GUEST,Gerry
Date: 05 Dec 17 - 09:02 PM

The Jane Morgan recording of A Girl Named Johnny Cash is up on Youtube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zbGB7KzpObw


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate
  Share Thread:
More...

Reply to Thread
Subject:  Help
From:
Preview   Automatic Linebreaks   Make a link ("blue clicky")


Mudcat time: 14 December 7:40 PM EST

[ Home ]

All original material is copyright © 1998 by the Mudcat Café Music Foundation, Inc. All photos, music, images, etc. are copyright © by their rightful owners. Every effort is taken to attribute appropriate copyright to images, content, music, etc. We are not a copyright resource.