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A Boy Named Sue

Well my daddy left home when I was three

And he didn't leave much to ma and me

Just this old guitar and an empty bottle of booze.

Now, I don't blame him cause he run and hid

But the meanest thing that he ever did

Was before he left, he went and named me "Sue."

Well, he must o' thought that is quite a joke

And it got a lot of laughs from a' lots of folk,

It seems I had to fight my whole life through.

Some gal would giggle and I'd get red

And some guy'd laugh and I'd bust his head,

I tell ya, life ain't easy for a boy named "Sue."

Well, I grew up quick and I grew up mean,

My fist got hard and my wits got keen,

I'd roam from town to town to hide my shame.

But I made a vow to the moon and stars

That I'd search the honky-tonks and bars

And kill that man who gave me that awful name.

Well, it was Gatlinburg in mid-July

And I just hit town and my throat was dry,

I thought I'd stop and have myself a brew. 

At an old saloon on a street of mud,

There at a table, dealing stud,

Sat the dirty, mangy dog that named me "Sue."

Well, I knew that snake was my own sweet dad

From a worn-out picture that my mother'd had,

And I knew that scar on his cheek and his evil eye.

He was big and bent and gray and old,

And I looked at him and my blood ran cold

And I said: "My name is 'Sue!' How do you do!

Now your gonna die!!"

Well, I hit him hard right between the eyes

And he went down, but to my surprise,

He come up with a knife and cut off a piece of my ear.

But I busted a chair right across his teeth

And we crashed through the wall and into the street

Kicking and a' gouging in the mud and the blood and the beer.

I tell ya, I've fought tougher men

But I really can't remember when,

He kicked like a mule and he bit like a crocodile.

I heard him laugh and then I heard him cuss,

He went for his gun and I pulled mine first,

He stood there lookin' at me and I saw him smile.

And he said: "Son, this world is rough

And if a man's gonna make it, he's gotta be tough

And I knew I wouldn't be there to help ya along.

So I give ya that name and I said goodbye

I knew you'd have to get tough or die

And it's the name that helped to make you strong."

He said: "Now you just fought one hell of a fight

And I know you hate me, and you got the right

To kill me now, and I wouldn't blame you if you do.

But ya ought to thank me, before I die,

For the gravel in ya guts and the spit in ya eye

Cause I'm the son-of-a-bitch that named you "Sue.'"

I got all choked up and I threw down my gun

And I called him my pa, and he called me his son,

And I came away with a different point of view.

And I think about him, now and then,

Every time I try and every time I win,

And if I ever have a son, I think I'm gonna name him

Bill or George! Anything but Sue! I still hate that name!

-JOHNNY CASH




All My Rowdy Friends

All my rowdy friends have settled down

and they seem to be more in the laid back songs.

Everybody just wants to go back home.

Nobody wants to get drunk and get loud.

'Cause all my rowdy friends have settled down.

I myself have seen my wilder days

and I have seen my name at the top of the page,

but I need to find a friend just to run around.

But no one wants to get high on the town

and all my rowdy friends have settled down.

And I think I know what my father meant when he sang about a lost highway

and old George Jones I'm glad to see he's finally getting straight,

and Waylon staying home and loving Jesse more these days,

and nobody wants to get drunk and get loud

and all my rowdy friends have settled down.

and the hang overs hurt more then they used to

and corn bread and ice tea took the place

of pills and ninety-proof,

and it seems like none of us do things

quite like we used to do and nobody wants to get high on the town

and all my rowdy friends have settled down.

Yeah I think I know what my father meant when he sang about his lost highway

and Johnny Cash don't act like he did back in '68

and Kris he is a movie star and he's moved off to L.A.

and nobody wants to get drunk and get loud

and all my rowdy friends have settled down.

yeah me and my rowdy friends have rowdied on down.

-HANK WILLIAMS Jr.



above image credit: stardomreport.com



Blood Red and Going Down

That Georgia sun was blood red and goin' down.

That Georgia sun was blood red and goin' down.

Daddy said: "Now come girl, we're headin' down the road to Augusta."

An thinkin' through his clenched teeth, he called Mama's name, then he cussed her.

He said: "Girl, you're young, but some dude has come along and stole your mother."

Ah, but you can't steal a willin' mind whose mom is always lookin' for a lover.

That Georgia sun was blood red and goin' down.

That Georgia sun was blood red and goin' down.

With dusty teardrops in his face, my daddy cried an' big steps he was takin'.

An' halfway runnin' to keep up, my shorter legs were so tired and shakin'.

"Where did I go wrong, girl? Why would she leave us both this way?"

At times like these, a child with tears never knows exactly what to say

That Georgia sun was blood red and goin' down.

That Georgia sun was blood red and goin' down.

We searched in every bar room, an' honky-tonk as well.

An' finally Daddy found them, but Lord, you know, the rest is hard to tell.

He sent me out to wait, but scared, I looked back through the door.

An' Daddy left them both soakin' up the sawdust on the floor.

That Georgia sun was blood red and goin' down.

That Georgia sun was blood red and goin' down.

That Georgia sun was blood red and goin' down.

That Georgia sun was blood red and goin' down.

-TANYA TUCKER



Don't Fall in Love With a Dreamer

Just look at you sitting there

You never looked better than tonight

And it'd be so easy to tell you I'd stay

Like I've done so many times

I was so sure this would be the night

You'd close the door

And wanna stay with me

And it'd be so easy

To tell you I'd stay

Like I've done so many times

Don't fall in love with a dreamer

Because he'll always take you in

Just when you think

You've really changed him

He'll leave you again

Don't fall in love with a dreamer

Because he'll break you every time

So put out the light and just hold on

Before we say goodbye

Now it's morning

And the phone rings and ya say

You gotta get your things together

You just gotta leave

Before you change your mind

And if you knew

What I was thinking girl, I'd turn around

If you'd just ask me one more time

Don't fall in love with a dreamer

Because he'll always take you in

Just when you think

You've really changed him

He'll leave you again

Don't fall in love with a dreamer

Because he'll break you every time

So put out the light and just hold on

Before we say goodbye

-KENNY ROGERS



Goodbye Earl

Mary Ann and Wanda were the best of friends

All through their high school days

Both members of the 4H club

Both active in the FFA

After graduation Mary Ann went out

lookin' for a bright new world

Wanda looked all around this town

and all she found was Earl

Well it wasn't two weeks after she got married that

Wanda started gettin' abused

She put on dark glasses and long sleeve blouses

And make-up to cover a bruise

Well she finally got the nerve to file for divorce

She let the law take it from there

But Earl walked right through that restraining order

And put her in intensive care

Right away Mary Ann flew in from Atlanta

On a red eye midnight flight

She held Wanda's hand and they worked out a plan

And it didn't take them long to decide

That Earl had to die

Goodbye, Earl

Those black-eyed peas?

They tasted alright to me, Earl

You feelin' weak?

Why don't you lay down and sleep

Earl? Ain't it dark

Wrapped up in that tarp

Earl?

The cops came by to bring Earl in

They searched the house high and low

Then they tipped their hats and said

"Thank you, ladies. If you hear from him, let us know"

Well the weeks went by and Spring turned to summer

And summer faded into fall

And it turns out he was a missing person

who nobody missed at all

So the girls bought some land and a roadside stand

Out on highway 109

They sell Tennessee ham and strawberry jam

And they don't lose any sleep at night

'cause Earl had to die

Goodbye, Earl

We need a break ---

Let's go out to the lake,

Earl

We'll pack a lunch

And stuff you in the trunk,

Earl

Well is that all right?

Good! Let's go for a ride

Earl

Well hey, hey, hey

Aw, hey, hey, hey

Well, hey, hey, hey

-DIXIE CHICKS



Listen to the Radio

I guess as a lover I have a ways to go

When someone wants you they should just say it's so

But you'll understand if you'll take my hand

Then we can dance real slow

to something on the radio

Listen to the radio, oh listen to the radio

Let's spend the night together

Baby don't go, they sing it on the radio

I try to find a way to explain to you

What's on my mind, and not sound so plain to you

But you'll realize, if you close your eyes

The feelings my words can't show

They're playing on the radio

Listen to the radio, oh listen to the radio

Let's spend the night together

Baby don't go, they sing it on the radio

The words I'd say don't seem to sound as real

The songs they play, that's how I really feel

So listen to the radio, oh listen to the radio

Let's spend the night together baby don't go

They sing it on the radio

-DON WILLIAMS



Me and Bobby McGee

Busted flat in Baton Rouge, waitin' for a train

I was feeling near as faded as my jeans

Bobby thumbed a diesel down, just before it rained

And rode us all the way to New Orleans

I pulled my harpoon out of my dirty red bandana

I was playing soft while Bobby sung the blues, yeah

Windshield wipers slapping time

I was holding Bobby's hand in mine and

We sang every song that driver knew

Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose,

Nothing, it mean nothing honey if it ain't free, no no

Yeah, and feeling good was easy, Lord, when he sang the blues,

You know feeling good was good enough for me

Good enough for me and my Bobby McGee.

From the Kentucky coal mines to the California sun

Yeah Bobby shared the secrets of my soul

Through all kinds of weather, through everything we done

Yeah Bobby baby kept me from the cold

One day out near Salinas, Lord, I let him slip away

He's lookin' for that home, and I hope he finds it

But I'd trade all of my tomorrows for one single yesterday

To be holdin' Bobby's body next to mine

Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose

Nothing, and that's all that Bobby left me, yeah

But feeling good was easy, Lord, when he sang the blues

And feeling good was good enough for me,

Good enough for me and Bobby McGee.

La da la la la, la da la la la da la

La da da la la la Bobby McGee yeah

La da la la la, la da la la la da la

La da da la la la Bobby McGee yeah

La da la la la, la da la la la da la

La da da la la la Bobby McGee yeah

Lord I called him my lover, I called him my man

I said I called him my lover just the best I can c'mon, c'mon

Bobby now, c'mon Bobby McGee

La da la la la, la da la la la la la

Hey hey hey Bobby McGee yeah.

-Lyrics by KRIS KRISTOFERSEN

-Recorded by Janis Joplin



Put Another Log on the Fire

Put another log on the fire.

Cook me up some bacon and some beans.

And go out to the car and change the tire.

Wash my socks and sew my old blue jeans.

Baby, you can fill my pipe, and fetch my slippers.

And boil me up another pot of tea.

Then put another log on the fire,

And come and tell me why you're leaving me.

Now don't I let you wash the car on Sunday?

Don't I warn you when you're gettin fat?

Ain't I gonna take you fishin' with me someday?

Well, a man can't love a woman more than that.

Ain't I always nice to your kid sister?

Don't I take her driving every night?

So, sit here at my feet 'cos I like you when you're sweet,

And you know it ain't feminine to fight.

So, put another log on the fire.

Cook me up some bacon and some beans.

Go out to the car and lift it up and change the tire.

Wash my socks and sew my old blue jeans.

Baby, you can fill my pipe, and fetch my slippers.

And boil me up another pot of tea.

Then put another log on the fire, babe,

And come and tell me why you're leaving me.

-WILLIE NELSON


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