Sunday, March 22, 2009

Songs with a Girls' Name in the Title #32

32. A Boy Named Sue – Johnny Cash

Well here’s a song with a girl’s name in the title that’s not about a girl. “A Boy Named Sue” was written by Shel Silverstein, his book of poetry, Where the Sidewalk Ends, was a classic when I was growing up. This story of a man who gets into a bar fight with the long absent father who named him Sue was recorded live at San Quentin prison. It was the very first time Cash performed the song and the crowd loved it. One of the most interesting aspects of listening to this song is hearing the reactions of the hardened criminals in the audience. Call it a novelty song if you want, but don’t forget to call it a classic.

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