"That's Not My Name" as written by Katie White and Jules De Martino....
Four letter word just to get me along
It's a difficulty and I'm biting on my tongue
And I I keep stalling, keeping me together
People around gotta find something to say now
Holding back, everyday the same
Don't wanna be a loner
Listen to me, oh no I never say anything at all
But with nothing to consider they forget my name (ame, ame, ame)

They call me 'Bell'
They call me 'Stacey'
They call me 'her'
They call me 'Jane'
That's not my name
That's not my name
That's not my name
That's not my name
They call me 'quiet girl'
But I'm a riot Mary, Jo, Lisa
Always the same
That's not my name
That's not my name
That's not my name
That's not my name

I miss the catch if they throw me the ball
I'm the last chick standing up against the wall
Keep up, falling, these heels they keep me boring
Getting glammed up and sitting on the fence now
So alone all the time at night
Lock myself away
Listen to me, I'm not
Although I'm dressed up, out and all with
Everything considered they forget my name (ame, ame, ame)

They call me 'Bell'
They call me 'Stacey'
They call me 'her'
They call me 'Jane'
That's not my name
That's not my name
That's not my name
That's not my name
They call me 'quiet girl'
But I'm a riot Mary-Jo-Lisa
Always the same
That's not my name
That's not my name
That's not my name
That's not my name

Are you calling me darling?
Are you calling me bird?
Are you calling me darling?
Are you calling me bird?

They call me 'Bell'
They call me 'Stacey'
They call me 'her'
They call me 'Jane'
That's not my name
That's not my name
That's not my name
That's not my name
They call me 'quiet girl'
But I'm a riot Mary, Jo, Lisa
Always the same
That's not my name
That's not my name
That's not my name
That's not my name

They call me 'Bell'
They call me 'Stacey'
They call me 'her'
They call me 'Jane'
That's not my name
That's not my name
That's not my name
That's not my name
They call me 'quiet girl'
But I'm a riot Mary, Jo, Lisa
Always the same
That's not my name
That's not my name
That's not my name
That's not my name

They call me 'Bell'
They call me 'Stacey'
They call me 'her'
They call me 'Jane'
That's not my name
That's not my name
That's not my name
That's not my name
They call me 'quiet girl'
But I'm a riot Mary, Jo, Lisa
Always the same
That's not my name
That's not my name
That's not my name
That's not my name


Lyrics submitted by bing_redboy

"That's Not My Name" as written by Jules De Martino Katie White

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  • +7
    General CommentI thought it was about a girl who sleeps around and in the morning when theres "nothing to consider" they forget her name. The suggestion that she sleeps aroud lies in the lyrics "don't want to be a loner" and "four letter word (her name) just to get me along". She also sings that people think she's quiet but she actually goes around sleeping with people and is therefore a 'riot'. The kyrics "these heels they keep me boring
    Getting glammed up and sitting on the fence now" suggest that its not enough to just go out coz she feels the same as everyone else, so she'll sleep with someone to feel different... until the morning when they forget her name. She does this to prevent here from being "So alone all the time at night". It can't be about school since "bird" and "darling" are predominantly used by guys to girls if they don;t know their name and the lyrics"Are you calling me darling? Are you calling me bird?" suggest this is what she is often called
    Jenezzyon May 28, 2008   Link
  • +4
    General Comment"Maybe joleisa"
    I believe it is "Mary-Joe, Lisa"
    I could be wrong, but I doubt it. ^.^
    aceripperon May 04, 2008   Link
  • +4
    General CommentDistro, I appreciate you don't agree with my interpretation but you have failed to say what you DO agree with and what your interpretation is. How am I supposed to re-evaluate what I interpret the song to be about if you don't tell my why my is sad and ridiculous and why your interpretation would be more appropriate
    Jenezzyon June 15, 2008   Link
  • +3
    General CommentThe Guardian says that this song is a "tale of music industry indifference to White's previous outfit, pop trio Dear Eskiimo."

    So basically the song has exactly the same meaning as Mika's "Grace Kelly."

    The TIng Tings are so shit you just want to yell at the radio.
    Bambinion May 16, 2008   Link
  • +3
    General CommentPart of this song is about when Katie White (frontwoman) went to school with a girl called Stacy Pike (name checked in the chorus) , everyone kept calling her Stacy pike and she was like 'thats not my name, im not that forgettable am i'?
    Also its about how they were feeling frustrated with the record company they were with at the time.
    sianiion May 22, 2008   Link
  • +3
    General CommentClearly she's annoyed that no-one can remember her name. Thats my interpretation :-)
    tommyhaychon May 23, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI also agree with Jenezzy. What she says is exactly what it means, and I just wrote some lyrics for a similar song inspired by this one. And, Distro if u gonna get disrespectful at least have something to back it up. And also I like the way you responded to what Distro wrote. High 5 Jenezzy :)p
    InterpretingXon January 06, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Commentwhat is the guy saying in the background?
    i could only figure out a few words.
    haha.
    lassiecewison May 07, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commenther voice makes me want to stick a large scaffolding pole through my skull.

    catchy tune, though..
    isthelottiexon May 19, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentGreat song! I tried to figure out what Jules was saying:

    .. it's in my head, now it's in my mind
    Call it, reach it, get some words and get some timin'
    Though I realize, I cannot emphasize
    Sittin' round with just a promise, nothing binding
    Whatever, can't you see that it's so desperately
    Standing joker like a ..
    Instead I sit alone, the sound is monotone
    I gotta get some soul, I gotta get some feelin'
    stacichuon May 22, 2008   Link

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