Sue's Gotta Be Mine
Del Shannon Lyrics


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Sue, why don't we go away
(go away)
Sue, we could leave today
(leave today)
Sue, what would your daddy say
(daddy say)
Sue, will he see things our way
(our way)

Come on, baby, we'll fund us a preacher man
In time your daddy will understand
Sue, who cares what people say
(people say)
Sue, let's leave today
(leave today)
I'll find us a secret hide-away
I'll get a job and I'll work everyday
Sue, you gotta be my baby
(be my baby)
Sue, you gotta be mine
(all the time)




Sue, you gotta be my baby
(be my baby)

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Del Shannon's song "Sue's Gotta Be Mine" are a plea for a young woman named Sue to leave her family and run away with the singer. He is asking her to go away with him, even if her father disapproves, promising that he will get a preacher man to marry them and that they will find a secret hideaway where they can live and work together. Moreover, he emphasizes that they do not care what people say, insisting that he will love her all the time, as long as she is his baby. This song can be interpreted as a classic tale of forbidden love, where two people are willing to risk their relationships with their families and wider society for the sake of their love.


Line by Line Meaning

Sue, why don't we go away
Del is asking Sue to leave town with him.


(go away)
This line is a repetitive chorus, urging Sue to leave town with Del.


Sue, we could leave today
Del is beginning to plan a way that they can leave town as soon as possible.


(leave today)
Once again, Del and Sue repeat their chorus, telling Sue to leave with him today.


Sue, what would your daddy say
Del is concerned about what Sue's father will think of them leaving, but he still suggests it.


(daddy say)
Once again, Del and Sue repeat the idea of her father's potential disapproval.


Sue, will he see things our way
Del is wondering if they can get Sue's father to see why they need to leave and if it's for the best.


(our way)
The chorus repeats the idea that Sue needs to convince her father to see things 'our way,' or from Del and Sue's perspective.


Come on, baby, we'll fund us a preacher man
Del is trying to convince Sue that they will find support if they go to a trusted preacher for advice.


In time your daddy will understand
Del is being optimistic that perhaps Sue's father will come to his senses one day and understand their point of view.


Sue, who cares what people say
Del is encouraging Sue to forget what others think so that they can be happy.


(people say)
Again, the chorus is repeating its idea that they should ignore what people think and worry about their own happiness instead.


Sue, let's leave today
Del is getting more insistent that they must leave as soon as possible.


(leave today)
The chorus is urging Sue to leave with Del right away, even if it might be a difficult transition.


I'll find us a secret hide-away
Del is promising to find a safe and enjoyable place for Sue and himself to stay.


I'll get a job and I'll work everyday
Del is telling Sue that he'll work hard to make sure they can live a comfortable life together.


Sue, you gotta be my baby
Del is expressing his desire for Sue to be exclusively his.


(be my baby)
The chorus repeats Del's desire for Sue to be his forever.


Sue, you gotta be mine (all the time)
Del is saying that he wants Sue to be his always, not just sometimes.




Lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: DEL SHANNON

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Comments from YouTube:

@kennymack2123

Back in '65, I liked a girl named Sue. Been looking for this song since then. Found it today, 57 yrs. later!

@1223jamez

I have this single in which my brother bought close to 60 years ago. It has a lot wear on it and chipped.

@thedelshannonshow8575

It was written before the four seasons came out. 1962.

@marywealth6475

The Four Seasons song was RECORDED in 1962. It could have been written even earlier.

@jamesmarshall8836

Owes just a tiny bit to the Four Seasons.