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A Boy Named Sue

Shel Silverstein

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My daddy left home when I was three

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And he didn't leave much to Ma and me

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Just this old guitar and an empty bottle of booze.

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Now, I don't blame him cause he run and hid

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But the meanest thing that he ever did

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Was before he left, he went and named me 'Sue.'


Well, he must o' thought that is was quite a joke

And it got a lot of laughs from a' lots of folk,

It seems I had to fight my whole life through.

Some gal would giggle and I'd get red

And some guy'd laugh and I'd bust his head,

I tell ya, life ain't easy for a boy named 'Sue.'

Well, 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.

But I made me a vow to the moon and stars

That I'd search the honky-tonks and bars

And kill that man that give me that awful name.

Well, it was Gatlinburg in mid-July

And I 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, dealing 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'd had,

And I knew that scar on his cheek and his evil eye.

He was big and bent and gray 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,

He come up with a knife and cut off a piece of my ear.

But I busted a chair right across his teeth

And we crashed through the wall and into the street

Kicking and a' gouging in the mud and the blood and the beer.

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,

He went for his gun and 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 ya along.

So I give ya that name and I said good-bye

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 hell of a fight

And I know you hate me, and you got the right

To kill me now, and I wouldn't blame you if you do.

But ya ought to thank me, before I die,

For the gravel in ya guts and the spit in ya eye

Cause I'm the son-of-a-bitch that named you 'Sue'.'

I got all choked up and I threw down my gun

And I called him my pa, and he called me his son,

And I come 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 son, I think I'm gonna name him

Bill or George! Anything but sue! I still hate that name!





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Boy named Sue

G
My daddy left home when I was three
C
And he didn't leave much to Ma and me
D G
Just this old guitar and an empty bottle of booze.
G
Now, I don't blame him cause he run and hid
C
But the meanest thing that he ever did
D G
Was before he left, he went and named me 'Sue.'


Well, he must o' thought that is was quite a joke
And it got a lot of laughs from a' lots of folk,
It seems I had to fight my whole life through.
Some gal would giggle and I'd get red
And some guy'd laugh and I'd bust his head,
I tell ya, life ain't easy for a boy named 'Sue.'

Well, 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.
But I made me a vow to the moon and stars
That I'd search the honky-tonks and bars
And kill that man that give me that awful name.

Well, it was Gatlinburg in mid-July
And I 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, dealing 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'd had,
And I knew that scar on his cheek and his evil eye.
He was big and bent and gray 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,
He come up with a knife and cut off a piece of my ear.
But I busted a chair right across his teeth
And we crashed through the wall and into the street
Kicking and a' gouging in the mud and the blood and the beer.

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,
He went for his gun and 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 ya along.
So I give ya that name and I said good-bye
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 hell of a fight
And I know you hate me, and you got the right
To kill me now, and I wouldn't blame you if you do.
But ya ought to thank me, before I die,
For the gravel in ya guts and the spit in ya eye
Cause I'm the son-of-a-bitch that named you 'Sue'.'

I got all choked up and I threw down my gun
And I called him my pa, and he called me his son,
And I come 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 son, I think I'm gonna name him
Bill or George! Anything but sue! I still hate that name!


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Ring of Fire

G C G
Love Is A Burning Thing
C G
And It Makes A Firery Ring
C G
Bound By Wild Desire
C G
I Fell Into A Ring Of Fire

CHORUS:
D C G
I Fell Into A Burning Ring Of Fire
D
I Went Down, Down, Down
C G
And The Flames Went Higher

And It Burns, Burns, Burns
C G
The Ring Of Fire
C G
The Ring Of Fire

Repeat INTRO Twice
Repeat CHORUS

C G
The Taste Of Love Is Sweet
C G
When Hearts Like Ours Meet
C G
I Fell For You Like A Child
C G
Ohh, But The Fire Went Wild

Repeat CHORUS
Repeat CHORUS

And It Burns, Burns, Burns
C G
The Ring Of Fire
C G
The Ring Of Fire


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Sunday morning comming down
Johny Cash

1.
Well , I [C]woke up Sunday morning ,
with no [F]way to hold my head, that didnęt [C]hurt
and the [C]beer i had for breakfast ,
wasnęt [Am]bad, so I had one more for des-[G7]-sert
than I [C]thumbled through my closet ,
for my [F]clothes, found my cleanest, dirty [C]hirt
than I [G7]washed my face and combed my hair,
stumbled down the stairs to meet the day.


2.
Well I smoked my brain the night befor ,
with cigarets and songs that we been picking
And I lit my first and stopped to watch ,
a small kid with a can that he was kicking
Than I crossed an empty street ,
and caught the Sunday-smell of someoneęs frying chicken
and it took me back to something ,
that I lost somewhere somehow along the way


Ref:
On a Sunday morning [F]sidewalk,
wishing Lord that I was [C]stoned
Cause there is something in a [G7]Sunday,
that makes somebody feel a-[C]-lone
And itęs nothing shure but [F]dieing,
half as lone some as the [C]sound
of a sleeping city [G7]sidewalk,
when Sunday morning coming [C]down

3.
In a park I saw a Daddy ,
with a laughing little girl he was swinging
And I stopped beside a Sunday school ,
and listened to the songs that they were singing
Than I hadded back for home ,
and some whrer far away a lonely bell was ringing
And it echoed to the canyons ,
like the dissapearing dreames of yesterday


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I Walk the Line
Johnny Cash

A E7 A
I keep a close watch on this heart of mine
A E7 A
I keep my eyes wide open all the time.
A D A
I keep the ends out for the tie that binds
A E7 A
Because you're mine, I walk the line

I find it very, very easy to be true
I find myself alone when each day is through
Yes, I'll admit I'm a fool for you
Because you're mine, I walk the line

As sure as night is dark and day is light
I keep you on my mind both day and night
And happiness I've known proves that it's right
Because you're mine, I walk the line

You've got a way to keep me on your side
You give me cause for love that I can't hide
For you I know I'd even try to turn the tide
Because you're mine, I walk the line


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G
I HEAR THE TRAIN A COMIN, IT'S ROLLIN ROUND THE BEND,

I AIN'T SEEN THE SUNSHINE SINCE I DON'T KNOW WHEN.
C7 G
I'M STUCK IN FOLSOM PRISON AND TIME KEEPS DRAGGIN ON.
D7 G
BUT THE TRAIN KEEPS ROLLIN ON DOWN TO SAN ANTONE.


G
WHEN I WAS JUST A BABY MY MAMA TOLD ME, SON

ALWAYS BE A GOOD BOY, DON'T EVER AROUND PLAY WITH GUNS.
C7 G
BUT I SHOT A MAN IN RENO JUST TO WATCH HIM DIE.
D7 G
WHEN I HEAR THAT WHISTLE BLOWIN I HANG MY HEAD AND CRY.


G
I BET THERE'S RICH FOLKS EATIN IN A FANCY DININ CAR,

THEY'RE PROB'LY DRINKIN COFFEE AND SMOKIN BIG CIGARS,
C7 G
BUT I KNOW I HAD IT COMIN, I KNOW I CAN'T BE FREE,
D7
BUT THOSE PEOPLE KEEP A MOVIN AND THAT'S WHAT
G
TORTURES ME.

G
WELL IF THEY FREED ME FROM THIS PRISON, IF THAT RAILROAD

TRAIN WAS MINE

I BET I'D MOVE A LITTLE FARTHER ON DOWN THE LINE.
C7 G
FAR FROM FOLSOM PRISON THAT'S WHERE I WANT TO STAY
D7 G
AND I'D LET THAT LONESOME WHISTLE BLOW MY BLUES AWAY.



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IíVE BEEN EVERYWHERE - JOHNNY CASH


(E)I was totiní my pack along the dusty Winnamucca Road
When along came a semi with a high-end canvas covered load
"If youíre (A) going to Winnamucca mack with me you can ride"
And so I so I (E) climbeed into the cab and then I settled down inside
He (B7)asked me if Iíd seen a road with so much dust and sand
I said (E) listen ? Iíve traveled every road in this here land

CHORUS:
(E) Iíve been everywhere man, Iíve been everywhere man
(A)Crossed the deserts bare man, (E) breathed the mountain air man
Of (B7) travel Iíve had my share man, (E) Iíve been everywhere

Iíve been to
(E) RENO, CHICAGO, FARGO, MINNESOTA, BUFFALO, TORONTO, WINSLOW, SARASOTA

(A) WITCHITA, TULSA, OTTOWA, OKLAHOMA
(E) TAMPA, PANAMA, MATTAWA, LOPALOMA
(B7) BANGOR, BALTIMORE, SALVADOR, AMARILLO
(E) TOKAPILLA, BARONQUILLA, AMPADILLA, IíM A KILLER

CHORUS

IíVE BEEN TO:
BOSTON, CHARLESTON, DAYTON, LOUISIANA, WASHINGTON, HOUSTON, KINSTON,
TEXARKANA
MONTERAY, FARADAY, SANTA FE, TALAPOOSA
GLEN ROCK, BLACK ROCK, LITTLE ROCK, OSCALOOSA
TENNESSE, TENNESSE, CHICKOPEE, SPIRIT LAKE,
GRAND LAKE, DEVILíS LAKE, CRATER LAKE, PEACH LAKE

CHORUS

IíVE BEEN TO:
Louisville, Nashville, Knoxville, OMABACKA, CHEFERVILLE, JACKSONVILLE,
WATERVILLE, COSTA ROCA
PITTSFIELD, SPRINGFIELD, BAKERSFIELD, SHREVEPORT
HACKENSACK, CADILLAC, FONDALAC, DAVENPORT
IDAHO, JELLICO, ARGENTINA, DIMETINA
PASADENA, CATALINA, SEE WHAT I MEAN-A

CHORUS

PITTSBURGH, PARKERSBURG, GRAVELBURG, COLORADO, ELLENSBURG, REXBURG,
VICKSBURG, ELDORADO
LARIMORE, ATMORE, HAVERSTRAW, CHATANOCCA
SHASTA, NEBRASKA, ALASKA, OPALACCA
BARABOO, WATERLOO, KALAMAZOO, KANSAS CITY
SOUIX CITY, CEDAR CITY, DODGE CITY, WHAT A PITY



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Johnny Cash

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