SIOUX CITY SUE
Richard Thomas Goldhahn, a singing cowboy with the stage name of “Dick Thomas”
wrote “Sioux City Sue,” a Western anthem popularized by Bing Crosby and by Gene
Autry and in a movie of the same title. A favorite among fans of the singing cowboy
genre, “Sioux City Sue” began with the lyrics: “Sioux City Sue, Sioux City Sue, your hair
is red, your eyes are blue, I’d swap my horse and dog for you”. His own recording of the
song sold more than 150,000 copies. When Crosby recorded it in 1946, the song made the
Lucky Strike Hit Parade for 14 consecutive weeks. The same year, Autry recorded
“Sioux City Sue” as the title song of his Western film, solidifying the tune’s place in
country and Western music history. Willie Nelson later recorded a version.
I drove a herd of cattle down from old New-brasky way
That’s how I come to be in the state of Iowa.
I met a gal in Iowa. Her eyes were big and blue.
I asked her what her name was. She said, “Sioux City Sue.”
CHO: Sioux City Sue, Sioux City Sue,
Your hair is red. Your eyes are blue.
I’d swap my horse and dog for you.
Sioux City Sue, Sioux City Sue,
There ain’t no gal as true as my sweet Sioux City Sue.
I asked her if she had a beau. She said, “Yes, quite a few.”
But still I started courtin’ my Sioux City Sue.
The first time that I stole a kiss, I caught her stealin’ too.
I asked her did she love me. She said, “Indeed I do.”
Now I’m admittin’, Iowa, I owe a lot to you.
‘Cause I come from New-brasky to find Sioux City Sue.
I’m gonna rope and tie her up. I’ll use my old lassoo.
I’m gonna put my brand on my sweet Sioux City Sue