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Analysis and comments on A Boy Named Sue by Shel Silverstein

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Comment 23 of 133, added on March 27th, 2006 at 3:42 PM.

I love his poems and everything....BUT....i never knew that he died...lol
well jus thought that i'd leave a comment....byee oh yes i love johnny cash
also!!!!!!!

Marissa from United States
Comment 22 of 133, added on March 25th, 2006 at 6:15 PM.

i grew up to johnny cah and im still quite young but no matter what his
song wll never get old.I am 13 years ld and I'm proud to admit that i love
all music includinggood old Johnny C. R.I.P.Johnny Cash and may your music
live on with peaceful notes.

Amber from United States
Comment 21 of 133, added on March 16th, 2006 at 12:34 PM.

This poem us awsoem i never knew that shel wrote it. Im a big fan of johnny
and not really reading poems but now im gonna read more of shels cause he
wrote this great one

Ethan Smith
Comment 20 of 133, added on March 13th, 2006 at 3:00 PM.

I found the other poem that Shel Silverstein wrote in relation to this one.
It's hilarious. No, this one wouldn't be in a children's book either.
http://www.banned-width.com/shel/works/boysuepa.htmlAlthough I found on
another website that the original word was "nut" instead of
"motherf***er".
http://www.straightdope.com/mailbag/msue.html

Kristi from United States
Comment 19 of 133, added on February 11th, 2006 at 3:58 AM.

Yes, thats my name. People wonder if I am a girl or a boy if they don't
know me. I really like my name. Yes, it does make you tough.

Billie Sue Johnson from United States
Comment 18 of 133, added on February 10th, 2006 at 11:39 AM.

Now when you look at my name what comes to mind? Guy or girl? It depends on
who poeple know and their point of veiw. I personally don't know any guy
Taylor's, although I know there are some. I was given a unisex name and not
once have I ever thought about. A name is a name, it dosn't define who you
are. If my name was Bob, I would certainly try to hurt the one who gave it
to me. Shel puts a certain amount of information in a very understandable
and mabea even child like poem. Now, let me ask you, after you have read
this. Can you guess my age as well as my gender? I am 12 years old,
suprised?

Taylor Smith from United States
Comment 17 of 133, added on February 1st, 2006 at 8:16 PM.

A few days ago I brought a copy of "Where The Sidewalk Ends" from a local
charity thrift shop (couldn't pass up the $1 price). My daughters (17 & 8)
and I dissolve with laughter everytime we read from it. My dad has that
Johnny Cash LP and I actually remember listening to "A Boy Named Sue"as a
child and thinking, "that's different". Now knowing that he wrote the
song/poems I can see the similar "style". Very nice!(67oF/19oC)

Gina from Bahamas
Comment 16 of 133, added on January 26th, 2006 at 11:45 PM.

My mother grew up a huge fan of Johnny Cash to the point where her family
nicknamed her Johnny. I just happen to be bored and thought I would read a
few poems from Shel Silverstein because his poems are always so interesting
in a weird sort of way. I was amazed to find out that Shel Silverstein
wrote this poem I think that my mother would love to here where the story
came from. I am so glad I found this site!

Amanda from United States
Comment 15 of 133, added on January 20th, 2006 at 3:23 PM.

I'm reading Larson's book, saw the reference to the real boy named Sue who
was one of the attorneys on the Scopes monkey trial. Does anyone know if
Silverstein new the story about the Scopes lawyer, Sue K. Hicks? The song
refers to Gatlinburg, TN and the trial was in Tennessee?

Linda from United States
Comment 14 of 133, added on November 7th, 2005 at 7:19 PM.

There really was a boy named Sue according to author Edward J. Larson in
his book, "Summer for the Gods - The Scopes Trial", page 89. He was one of
the lawyers that prosecuted John Scopes. He was named Sue by his father in
memory of the boy's mother who died during his birth.

Fred from United States

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Poet: Shel Silverstein
Poem: A Boy Named Sue
Volume: sung by Johnny Cash
Year: 1969
Added: Apr 22 2004
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