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    hillbilly

    Found the whole thing--

    You Never Even Call Me By My Name
    (AKA The Perfect Country & Western Song)
    ┬ęSteve Goodman and [although he won't admit it] John Prine)

    (as sung by Steve Goodman in London, Aug 8, 1976)

    [spoken] This is a song I wrote with John Prine 4 years ago (1972) and we tried to put into one song, everything that had ever been in any of the country and western songs we had ever heard. Tried to put it all into one song. Serves us right. This is what came out:

    Well it was all I could do to keep from cryin'
    Some times it seems so useless to remain
    You're the one who always tried to change me
    And that is why I will always stay the same

    Chorus:
    But I'll hang around as long as you will let me
    I never minded standing in the rain
    You don't have to call me darlin', darlin'
    But you never even call me by my name

    No, you don't have to call me Freddy Fender
    You don't have to call me Charlie Pride
    You don't have to call me Merle Haggard anymore
    Even though you know you're on my fighting side

    Chorus- this verse only:
    And I'm gonna hang around as long as you will let me
    I never minded standing in the rain (when nights are cold and lonely)
    You don't have to call me darlin', darlin'
    But you never even call me by name.

    [musical by mouth improv done in a Merle Haggard-like tone -no words]

    [spoken] I've seen my name, a few times in the phone book
    [spoken] And on the neon sign above the bar I used to own
    [spoken] And there's only one thing I'm really sure of was that sucker
    You're gonna hear it when my savior calls me home

    [spoken] That's a lot to get into one song. We left out all the good stuff. Dallas, dope, divorce, dead dogs, trains prison Christmas, mothers, farms, and trucks. Mothers, prison, trucks, trains, farms, Christmas, and dead dogs are essential, you can't have a good country song without them things. And with all due respect this song needs mothers, prison, trucks, trains, farms, Christmas and dead dogs and is that it? Whatever it is - it's also 4 minutes long already (they're going 'when's he gonna end, when's he gonna end in the booth back there') So I'll just tack this verse on the end here-

    Ever since the dog died and mama went to prison
    Ain't nothin' round this old farm that's been the same
    [Spoken] You know when mom broke out last Christmas
    She drove the getaway laundry truck into a train

    Chorus:
    But I'll hang around as long as you will let me
    I never minded standing in the rain
    You don't have to call me darlin', darlin'
    But you never even call me by my name





    It was all that I could do to keep from cryin'
    Sometimes it seems so useless to remain
    You don't have to call me darlin', darlin'
    You never even call me by my name.
    You don't have to call me Waylon Jennings
    And you don't have to call me Charlie Pride.
    You don't have to call me Merle Haggard, anymore.
    Even though your on my fightin' side.

    Chorus:
    And I'll hang around as long as you will let me
    And I never minded standin' in the rain.
    You don't have to call me darlin', darlin'
    You never even call me by my name.

    I've heard my name a few times in your phone book
    I've seen it on signs where I've laid
    But the only time I know, I'll hear David Allan Coe
    Is when Jesus has his final judgment day.

    Chorus:

    Well, I was drunk the day my Mom got outta prison.
    And I went to pick her up in the rain.
    But, before I could get to the station in my pickup truck
    She got runned over by a damned old train.

    Chorus:

    So I'll hang around as long as you will let me
    And I never minded standin' in the rain.
    No, You don't have to call me darlin', darlin'
    You never even call me, I wonder why you don't call me
    Why don't you ever call me by my name.

  • MelbaToast
    MelbaToast

    Hehehe! :)

    I love that song, I was singing along as I read....And Ill hang around as long as you will let me.....Thats right up there with the "ring of fire" and "crazy" in my favorite country songs list

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