Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Song #12 On My MP3 Player - A Boy Named Sue by Johnny Cash

At San Quentin and At Folsom Prison are two great live albums by Johnny Cash and I highly recommend you listen to both albums at least one time in your lifetime. 'A Boy Named Sue' is the twelfth song my on MP3 player and it was recorded in 1969 at the San Quentin State Prison in California. This is a popular Cash song and it was originally a poem by Shel Silverstein.

'A Boy Named Sue' might be one of the best stories told in a song. Some poor kid gets named 'Sue' by a deadbeat dad and spends most of his life getting into fights with guys that make fun of his name. Sue reaches a breaking point and goes on a mission to kill his dad. Sue finds his father in Gatlinburg, Tennessee and the two have an epic battle.

I've never understood how people can not like the music of Johnny Cash.I understand that people do not like goofy mainstream country music, but Johnny Cash is the man. The guy has a great catalog of music and 'A Boy Named Sue' is a classic. Any artist that can make a room full of prisoners laugh is a damn good performer.

TonyDoug Wright is The Lost Soul of Rock and Roll. He is also the writer of two exciting webcomics titled The Red Devil and Day 165.

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