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“A Boy Named Sue”

Posted by purplemary54 on July 29, 2013

I’ve decided there needs to be a moratorium on giving potentially dangerous storms cute names.  Currently, there’s a tropical storm headed for Hawaii that’s named Flossie.  Seriously.  It sounds like the Hawaiian Islands are about to be inundated with adorable animated cows wearing skirts and hair bows.  Naming a storm Flossie is on par with naming it Buttons or Mr. Whiskers–it’s just wrong.  This storm could be dangerous for people and property.  How are people supposed to take the threat seriously when it just sounds so darn sweet?

Which leads me to the best song ever about being, well, misnamed.

“A Boy Named Sue” was penned by Shel Silverstein and made famous by Johnny Cash.  The song’s premise is kind of ridiculous when you think about it: An angry guy named Sue spends his life fighting everyone who makes fun of his name, and eventually hunts down his dirtbag father to get revenge for “that awful name,”  only to have a tearful reunion with the old man at the end.  I mean, why didn’t he just introduce himself to everyone as Joe or Steve, or “Bill or George, any damn thing but Sue”?  Even if you’re too poor or uneducated to know you can go to court to change your name, once you’re an adult, you can call yourself anything you want.

But then again, if logic applied to naming things, then I’m pretty sure we wouldn’t have storms named Flossie.

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2 Responses to ““A Boy Named Sue””

  1. Sandee said

    I loooove JC — I listened to his live at Folsom prison song — forgive me I can’t remember right now what song he sang but at the end he yells out at one of the prisoners that they shouldn’t be bending over like that otherwise they might get taken advantage of — hahahah! — My man!

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