Many songs in my song list are a bit odd or off the beaten track. One is the sequel to the popular Johnny Cash song, A Boy Named Sue. most people are unaware that Shel Silverstein, the children's book author, was actually the writer of that song, and it's subsequent sequel, The Father of A Boy Named Sue. There aren't any recordings of it except one by Shel Silverstein himself, at least that's all I could find, so I decided to immortalize the song myself.

I started with a karaoke track, cut and edited it so that it fit the right length for the sequel, which was shorter than the original, as well as not having some of the breaks in the original. I sung to it using my best Cash voice i could muster, and then lowered the whole thing by half a step to get it into the key of A, as well as give my voice a slightly deeper sound. My voice can normally be pretty low but this was just for the extra effect.

Next I recorded a rhythm guitar part to accompany the one from the karaoke recording, and added a guitar solo as well just to make it more interesting, more unique, rather than just me singing along to a track.

Shel Silverstein wrote A Boy Named Sue, which was famously performed by Johnny Cash. however, years later, Shel wrote a sequel to that song called the Father Of A Boy Named Sue, which was the same story but told from the point of view of the father.
Posted on May 8, 2014 .