Cash also performed the song with comical variations on the original performance in December at Madison Square Garden. The live San Quentin version of the song became Cash's biggest hit on the Billboard Hot chart and his only top ten single there, spending three weeks at No. The song tells the tale of a young man's quest for revenge on a father who abandoned him at three years of age and whose only contribution to his entire life was naming Bomba Puertorriqueña - Federico Y Su Combo Latino - Mas Salsa Suecommonly a feminine name, which results in the young man suffering from ridicule and harassment by everyone he meets in his travels.
Because of Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer - Various - Fröhliche Weihnachten - 20 Schönsten Weihnachtslieder, Sue grows up tough and mean, and smartens up very quickly, though he frequently relocates due to the shame his name gives him.
Angered by the embarrassment and abuse that he endures in his life, he swears that he will find and kill his father for giving him "that awful name". Sue later locates his father at a tavern during the summer season in Gatlinburg, Tennesseeand confronts him by saying, "My name is Sue! How do you do? Now you're gonna die! After the two have beaten each other almost senseless, Sue's father admits that he is the "heartless hound" [ citation needed ] "son of a bitch" in the Johnny Cash version that named him Sue and explains that the name was given as an act of love.
Because Sue's father knew that he would not be there for his son, he gave him the name, believing correctly that the ensuing ridicule would force him to "get tough or die". Learning this, Sue makes peace with his father and they reconcile. With his lesson learned, Sue closes the song with a promise to name his son "Bill or George, anything but Sue". The song is performed mostly in the speech-like style of talking blues rather than conventional singing. The term "son of a bitch" in the line "I'm the son of a bitch that A Boy Named Sue - Various - 24 Millionen Erfolge 2 you Sue!
Both the edited and unedited versions are available on various albums and compilations. The term "son of a bitch" was edited to "son of a gun" or altogether bleeped out in some versions. When performing the song live in later performances such as in April at the White House and in at the Glastonbury Festivalfor exampleCash would himself utter a bleep-censor sound in lieu of the word.
Silverstein does not utter any profanity in his original version, with Sue's father instead identifying himself as the "heartless hound" that named him Sue. The core story of the song was inspired by humorist Jean Shepherda close friend of Silverstein, who was often taunted as a child because of his feminine-sounding name. The title might also have been inspired by the male attorney Sue K.
Hicks of Madisonville, Tennesseea friend of John Scopes who agreed to be a prosecutor in what was to become known as the " Scopes Monkey Trial ". Hicks was named after his mother who died after A Boy Named Sue - Various - 24 Millionen Erfolge 2 birth to him.
In his autobiography, Cash wrote that he had just received the song and only read over it a couple of times. It was included in that concert to try it out—he did not know the words and on the filmed recording he can be seen regularly referring to a piece of paper.
Cash was surprised at A Boy Named Sue - Various - 24 Millionen Erfolge 2 well the song A Boy Named Sue - Various - 24 Millionen Erfolge 2 over with the audience. According to Cash biographer Robert Hilburn, neither the British TV crew filming the concert nor his band knew he planned to perform the song; he used a lyric sheet on stage while Perkins and the band improvised the backing on the spot.
While another song, "San Quentin", was expected to be the major new song featured in the concert and subsequent album so much so the album includes two performances of "San Quentin""A Boy Named Sue" ended up being the concert's major find.
Cash also performed it on his own musical variety showending the song with the line, "And if I ever have a son, I think I'm gonna name him John Carter Cash ", referring to his newborn son. Cash also performed this variant at the White House in April ; in later years, however, he would restore the original "any name but Sue" ending, but change the wording to "if I ever have another son".
When Cash performed with The Highwaymen in the s and s, he would end the song by saying "if I ever have another boy, I think I'm gonna name him Waylon, or Willie, or Kris.
Silverstein introduced it to them at what they called a "Guitar Pull," where musicians would pass a guitar around and play their songs. Silverstein later wrote a follow-up named "The Father of a Boy Named Sue" on his Songs and Stories in which he tells the old man's point of view of the story.
The only known recording of the song by a major artist is by Shel Silverstein himself. Various cover artists have covered this song since then. MAD Magazine issue No. On an episode of The Partridge Familya part Native American character introduces himself as "Sioux" causing a reaction from the family members, "A boy name Sioux?
The gender-bending implications of the title have been adapted to explore issues of sex and gender, another use of the popular song title that goes beyond its original scope. The documentary A Boy Named Sue features a transgender protagonist and uses the song in the soundtrack. In the film Swingersone of the male characters is named Sue. The name is explained by another character by saying, "his dad was a big Johnny Cash fan. In the Dexter's Laboratory episode Syrian - Grim Tim - Satisfriction Boy Named Sue", Mandark recalls through his infancy and early childhood when his Hippie parents named him Susan and how he discovered his manhood by science.
Wyrd Miniatures a hobby company, produces a male Outcast model named Sue for their Malifaux miniature skirmish game. He sings: "At least we got our bodies, we all a boy named Sue. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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