Shel Silverstein

(September 25, 1930 – May 10, 1999 / Chicago/ Illinois)

A Boy Named Sue - Poem by Shel Silverstein

Well, my daddy left home when I was three,
and he didn't leave much to Ma and me,
just this old guitar and a bottle of booze.
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Comments about A Boy Named Sue by Shel Silverstein

  • Darlan M Cunha (1/14/2016 2:09:00 PM)

    I remember. Amazing poet. Their efforts convinced me that this poem is not dubious, nebulous, blasphemous. I remember certain songs: A horse with no name // Father and son // Satanic majesties... (Report) Reply

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  • Frank James Ryan Jr...fjr (8/16/2015 10:12:00 PM)

    Too many people believed that Cash wrote this Epic lyrical poem....Cash was certainly the right voice choice to give full justice to this SIL-ver piece lined in Solid Gold...but no-one, not Cash, Graham Nash, the Rat Pack nor Bacharach could spin words with Silverstein! ~FjR~ (Report) Reply

  • (8/16/2015 12:35:00 PM)

    I've always loved to hear Johnny Cash sing his version of this.
    Silverstein also has 'Father of a Boy named Sue', and it's funny, but gets a little bit raunchy.
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  • Rajnish Manga (8/16/2015 6:55:00 AM)

    Congratulations for a lovely episode and a narrative that goes on to make it as interesting as it could be. The element of suspense remains intact till the end. May Sue and his Pa live long. Thanks for the poem.
    Well, I grew up quick and I grew up mean.
    My fist got hard and my wits got keen.
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  • Edward Kofi Louis (8/16/2015 6:37:00 AM)

    Choked up! ! With the muse of life; growing up without a father around. Nice piece. (Report) Reply

  • Ramesh T A (8/16/2015 1:13:00 AM)

    Fight between father and son for having given the name Sue to his son ends wonderfully well by the father's speech that goes that this world is very bad and insults his son get had made him have strong gut to kill even his own father in a fight. Realizing this son and father embrace and depart with good will! Nice one! (Report) Reply

  • val Rogers (4/19/2015 9:16:00 PM)

    This poem is an encouragement to all underdogs. Good story. (Report) Reply

  • (4/4/2014 4:30:00 AM)

    I like the humor of the poem. 'I am the man who called you Sue' is my favorite line! Mr. Cash uses slightly stronger words o his version Both make me laugh! ! ! Have A Nice Day (Report) Reply

  • (5/11/2013 10:46:00 PM)

    well sue m&m singer have a unique song too for barring mother from so so so so long, as if he was acting a part of play as you do... life goes on huh! ! (Report) Reply

  • Calico Jack (4/19/2012 7:41:00 PM)

    Love the poem, love the Cash song. Lighthearted, which is a nice change from all the morbid poetry around, methinks. (Report) Reply

  • (1/30/2012 8:10:00 PM)

    johnny cash sings this also, with a few word different (Report) Reply

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