Johnny Cash – A Boy Named Sue Ukulele Chords

Johnny Cash A Boy Named Sue ukulele chords and strumming pattern are in this post! Start playing this Johnny Cash song from the "At San Quentin" album released in 1969 with your ukulele right now!

Key: G
Chords: [G], [C], [D]
Strumming: D - DU - DU - DU (or D - D)
Difficulty: Easy

A Boy Named Sue Ukulele Chords

[G]My daddy left home when I was three
[C]And he didn’t leave much to ma and me
[D]Just this old guitar and an empty bottle of [G]booze.
[G]Now, I don’t blame him cause he run and hid
[C]But the meanest thing that he ever did
[D]Was before he left, he went and named me “[G]Sue.”

[G]Well, he must o’ thought that is quite a joke
[C]And it got a lot of laughs from a’ lots of folk,
[D]It seems I had to fight my whole life [G]through.
[G]Some gal would giggle and I’d get red
[C]And some guy’d laugh and I’d bust his head,
I tell ya, [D]life ain’t easy for a boy named “[G]Sue.”

[G]Well, I grew up quick and I grew up mean,
[C]My fist got hard and my wits got keen,
[D]I’d roam from town to town to hide my [G]shame.
[G]But I made a vow to the moon and stars
[C]That I’d search the honky tonks and bars
[D]And kill that man who gave me that awful [G]name.

[G]Well, it was Gatlinburg in mid July
[C]And I just hit town and my throat was dry,
[D]I thought I’d stop and have myself a [G]brew.
[G]At an old saloon on a street of mud,
[C]There at a table, dealing stud,
[D]Sat the dirty, mangy dog that named me “[G]Sue.”

[G]Well, I knew that snake was my own sweet dad
[C]From a worn out picture that my mother’d had,
[D]And I knew that scar on his cheek and his [G]evil eye.
[G]He was big and bent and gray and old,
[C]And I looked at him and my blood ran cold
[D]And I said: “My name is ‘Sue!’ [G]How do you do!
Now you gonna die!!”

[G]Well, I hit him hard right between the eyes
[C]And he went down, but to my surprise,
[D]He come up with a knife and cut off a [G]piece of my ear.
[G]But I busted a chair right across his teeth
[C]And we crashed through the wall and into the street
[D]Kicking and a’ gouging in the mud and the blood and [G]the beer.

[G]I tell ya, I’ve fought tougher men
[C]But I really can’t remember when,
[D]He kicked like a mule and he bit like a [G]crocodile.
[G]I heard him laugh and then I heard him cuss,
[C]He went for his gun and I pulled mine first,
[D]He stood there looking at me and I saw him [G]smile.

[G]And he said: “Son, this world is rough
[C]And if a man’s gonna make it, he’s gotta be tough
[D]And I knew I wouldn’t be there to help ya [G]along.
[G]So I give ya that name and I said goodbye
[C]I knew you’d have to get tough or die
[D]And it’s the name that helped to make you [G]strong.”

[G]He said: “Now you just fought one hell of a fight
[C]And I know you hate me, and you got the right
[D]To kill me now, and I wouldn’t blame you if you [G]do.
[G]But ya ought to thank me, before I die,
[C]For the gravel in ya guts and the spit in ya eye
[D]Cause I’m the son of a bitch that named you “[G]Sue.'”

[G]I got all choked up and I threw down my gun
[C]And I called him my pa, and he called me his son,
[D]And I came away with a different point of [G]view.
[G]And I think about him, now and then,
[C]Every time I try and every time I win,
And if I ever have a son, I think I’m gonna name him
[G]Bill or George! Anything but Sue! I still hate that name!



What's Next?

Artist and Song:Johnny Cash - A Boy Named Sue
Album:At San Quentin
Year:1969
Chords:[G], [C], [D]
Strumming:D - DU - DU - DU
Genre:Country

About Johnny Cash - A Boy Named Sue Ukulele Chords & Strumming Pattern

"A Boy Named Sue" is a song by Country artist Johnny Cash. It was released in 1969 on the album, titled "At San Quentin". A Boy Named Sue is considered under Country genre.
  • The key of Johnny Cash - A Boy Named Sue is G.
  • D - DU - DU - DU is the suggested strumming pattern for A Boy Named Sue. If it's not easy for you, you can try only down (D) strumming for playing "A Boy Named Sue".
  • The chords that we use for playing A Boy Named Sue on ukulele are: [G], [C], [D].

What Are The Chords For A Boy Named Sue On Ukulele?

You will play the [G], [C], [D] ukulele chords while playing A Boy Named Sue with your ukulele in the G key, original tone of the song.

How Do You Strum A Boy Named Sue On Ukulele?

A Boy Named Sue ukulele strumming pattern is D - DU - DU - DU. You can also try D (down) if the suggested pattern is hard for you.

Who Sings A Boy Named Sue?

A Boy Named Sue is performed by Johnny Cash. It was first released on the album "At San Quentin" in 1969.
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