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John Prine - You Never Even Call Me By My Name lyrics

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

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

You don't have to call me Waylon Jennings
No you don't have to call me Charlie Pride
And you don't have to call me Merle Haggard, anymore
Even though you know you're on my fightin' side

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

C'mon now...

I've seen my name a few times in the phonebook (hello, hello, hello)
And on the neon sign above the bar I used to own
There is only one thing that I'm really sure of
I'm going to hear it when my Savior calls me home

'Til that day I'll hang around as long as you will let me
I never minded standin' in the rain
You don't have to call me "darlin'", darlin'
But you never even call me by name

It's not her heart lord, it's her mind.
She didn't mean to be unkind.
And you never even call me by my name.

Bye, baby.