Johnny Cash - A Boy Named Sue Chords

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Standard guitar tuning:
E
A
D
G
B
E
Capo on 1 fret
AMy daddy left home when I was three DAnd he didn't leave much to ma and me EJust this old guitar and an empty bottle of Abooze. ANow, I don't blame him cause he run and hid DBut the meanest thing that he ever did EWas before he left, he went and named me "ASue." AWell, he must o' thought that is quite a joke DAnd it got a lot of laughs from a' lots of folk, EIt seems I had to fight my whole life Athrough. ASome gal would giggle and I'd get red DAnd some guy'd laugh and I'd bust his head, I tell ya, Elife ain't easy for a boy named "ASue." AWell, I grew up quick and I grew up mean, DMy fist got hard and my wits got keen, EI'd roam from town to town to hide my Ashame. ABut I made a vow to the moon and stars DThat I'd search the honky-tonks and bars EAnd kill that man who gave me that awful Aname. AWell, it was Gatlinburg in mid-July DAnd I just hit town and my throat was dry, EI thought I'd stop and have myself a Abrew. AAt an old saloon on a street of mud, DThere at a table, dealing stud, ESat the dirty, mangy dog that named me "ASue." AWell, I knew that snake was my own sweet dad DFrom a worn-out picture that my mother'd had, EAnd I knew that scar on his cheek and his Aevil eye. AHe was big and bent and gray and old, DAnd I looked at him and my blood ran cold EAnd I said: "My name is 'Sue!' AHow do you do! Now you gonna die!!" AWell, I hit him hard right between the eyes DAnd he went down, but to my surprise, EHe come up with a knife and cut off a Apiece of my ear. ABut I busted a chair right across his teeth DAnd we crashed through the wall and into the street EKicking and a' gouging in the mud and the blood and Athe beer. AI tell ya, I've fought tougher men DBut I really can't remember when, EHe kicked like a mule and he bit like a Acrocodile. AI heard him laugh and then I heard him cuss, DHe went for his gun and I pulled mine first, EHe stood there lookin' at me and I saw him Asmile. AAnd he said: "Son, this world is rough DAnd if a man's gonna make it, he's gotta be tough EAnd I knew I wouldn't be there to help ya Aalong. ASo I give ya that name and I said goodbye DI knew you'd have to get tough or die EAnd it's the name that helped to make you Astrong." AHe said: "Now you just fought one hell of a fight DAnd I know you hate me, and you got the right ETo kill me now, and I wouldn't blame you if you Ado. ABut ya ought to thank me, before I die, DFor the gravel in ya guts and the spit in ya eye ECause I'm the son-of-a-bitch that named you "ASue.'" AI got all choked up and I threw down my gun DAnd I called him my pa, and he called me his son, EAnd I came away with a different point of Aview. AAnd I think about him, now and then, DEvery time I try and every time I win, [No Chords] And if I ever have a son, I think I'm gonna name him Bill or George! AAnything but Sue! I still hate that name!