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You Never Even Call Me by My Name Lyrics

Artist: David Allan Coe
Album: Mysterious Rhinestone Cowboy/Once Upon a Time

Written By Steve Goodman
As Recorded By David Allan Coe

WELL, IT WAS ALL
THAT I COULD DO TO KEEP FROM CRYING€™
SOMETIMES IT SEEMED SO USELESS TO REMAIN
BUT 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
AND YOU DON€™T HAVE TO CALL ME MERLE HAGGARD/ANYMORE
EVEN THOUGH YOU€™RE ON MY FIGHTING€™ SIDE

CHORUS:
AND I€™LL HANG AROUND AS LONG AS YOU WILL LET ME
AND I NEVER MINDED STANDING€™ IN THE RAIN
BUT YOU DON€™T HAVE TO CALL ME DARLIN€™, DARLIN€™
YOU NEVER EVEN CALLED ME BY MY NAME

WELL, I€™VE HEARD MY NAME
A FEW TIMES IN YOUR PHONE BOOK (Hello, Hello)
AND I€™VE SEEN IT ON SIGNS WHERE I€™VE PLAYED
BUT THE ONLY TIME I KNOW
I€™LL HEAR "DAVID ALLAN COE"
IS WHEN JESUS HAS HIS FINAL JUDGMENT DAY

REPEAT CHORUS

RECITATION:
WELL, A FRIEND OF MINE NAMED STEVE GOODMAN WROTE THAT SONG
AND HE TOLD ME IT WAS THE PERFECT COUNTRY & WESTERN SONG
I WROTE HIM BACK A LETTER AND I TOLD HIM IT WAS NOT THE PERFECT COUNTRY & WESTERN SONG BECAUSE HE HADN€™T SAID ANYTHING AT ALL ABOUT MAMA,
OR TRAINS,
OR TRUCKS,
OR PRISON,
OR GETTING€™ DRUNK
WELL HE SAT DOWN AND WROTE ANOTHER VERSE TO THE SONG
AND HE SENT IT TO ME,
AND AFTER READING IT,
I REALIZED THAT MY FRIEND HAD WRITTEN THE PERFECT
COUNTRY & WESTERN SONG
AND I FELT OBLIGED TO INCLUDE IT ON THIS ALBUM
THE LAST VERSE GOES LIKE THIS HERE:

WELL, I WAS DRUNK THE DAY MY MOM GOT OUT OF 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 RUN NED OVER BY A DAMNED OLD TRAIN

CHORUS:
AND I€™LL HANG AROUND AS LONG AS YOU WILL LET ME
AND I NEVER MINDED STANDING€™ IN THE RAIN
NO, A€™ YOU DON€™T HAVE TO CALL ME DARLIN€™, DARLIN€™
YOU NEVER EVEN CALL ME
WELL I WONDER WHY YOU DON€™T CALL ME
WHY DON€™T YOU EVER CALL ME BY MY NAME
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