A Boy Named Sue Poem Rhyme Scheme and Analysis


Well my daddy left home when I was threeA
and he didn't leave much to Ma and meA
just this old guitar and a bottle of boozeB
Now I don't blame him because he run and hidC
but the meanest thing that he ever did wasD
before he left he went and named me SueE
Well he must have thought it was quite a jokeF
and it got lots of laughs from a lot of folksG
it seems I had to fight my whole life throughE
Some gal would giggle and I'd get redH
and some guy would laugh and I'd bust his headH
I tell you life ain't easy for a boy named SueE
Well I grew up quick and I grew up meanI
My fist got hard and my wits got keenI
Roamed from town to town to hide my shameJ
but I made me a vow to the moon and the starsK
I'd search the honky tonks and bars and killL
that man that gave me that awful nameJ
But it was Gatlinburg in mid July and I hadM
just hit town and my throat was dryN
I'd thought i'd stop and have myself a brewE
At an old saloon in a street of mudO
and at a table dealing stud sat the dirtyA
mangy dog that named me SueE
Well I knew that snake was my own sweet dadM
from a worn out picture that my mother hadM
and I knew the scar on his cheek and his evil eyeN
He was big and bent and gray and oldP
and I looked at him and my blood ran coldP
and I said 'My name is Sue How do you doE
Now you're gonna die ' Yeah that's what I told himQ
Well I hit him right between the eyes and he went downR
but to my surprise he came up with a knifeS
and cut off a piece of my ear But I busted a chairT
right across his teeth And we crashed throughE
the wall and into the street kicking and a gougingU
in the mud and the blood and the beerV
I tell you I've fought tougher men but I really can't remember whenW
He kicked like a mule and bit like a crocodileX
I heard him laughin' and then I heard him cussin'W
he went for his gun and I pulled mine firstY
He stood there looking at me and I saw him smileX
And he said 'Son this world is rough and ifZ
a man's gonna make it he's gotta be toughA2
and I knew I wouldn't be there to help you alongB2
So I gave you that name and I said 'Goodbye'N
I knew you'd have to get tough or die And it'sC2
that name that helped to make you strong '-
Yeah he said 'Now you have just fought oneW
helluva fight and I know you hate me and you'veD2
got the right to kill me now and I wouldn't blame youN
if you do But you ought to thank meA
before I die for the gravel in your guts and the spitE2
in your eye because I'm the guy that named you Sue '-
Yeah what could I do What could I doN
I got all choked up and I threw down my gunW
called him pa and he called me a sonW
and I came away with a different point of viewN
and I think about him now and thenW
Every time I tried every time I win and if IN
ever have a son I think I am gonna name himQ
Bill or George anything but SueN

Shel Silverstein


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