"I Got A Name" as written by and Charles/gimbel Fox....
Like the pine trees lining the winding road
I got a name, I got a name
Like the singing bird and the croaking toad
I got a name, I got a name
And I carry it with me like my daddy did
But I'm living the dream that he kept hid

Moving me down the highway, rolling me down the highway
Moving ahead so life won't pass me by

Like the north wind whistlin' down the sky
I've got a song, I've got a song
Like the whippoorwill and the baby's cry
I've got a song, I've got a song
And I carry it with me and I sing it loud
If it gets me nowhere, I'll go there proud

Moving me down the highway, rolling me down the highway
Moving ahead so life won't pass me by

And I'm gonna go there free

Like the fool I am and I'll always be
I've got a dream, I've got a dream
They can change their minds but they can't change me
I've got a dream, I've got a dream
Oh, I know I could share it if you'd want me to
If you're goin' my way, I'll go with you

Movin' me down the highway, rollin' me down the highway
Movin' ahead so life won't pass me by
Movin' me down the highway, rollin' me down the highway
Movin' ahead so life won't pass me by


Lyrics submitted by kevin

"I Got a Name" as written by Norman Gimbel Charles Fox

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  • +4
    General CommentI love this song too. It expresses pride, not in the sense of a feeling of superiority, but in terms of self-respect. I think this song also recognizes that we owe a debt to our ancestors, and that it expresses gratitude for the opportunities that they didn't have. ("I've got a name, I've got a name/And I carry it with me like my daddy did/But I'm livin' the dream that he kept hid") I think that this lyric also has an interesting ambiguity. "I'm livin the dream that he kept hid" suggests not only Croce's gratitude for the chance to live his dream, but also a challenge to himself - to not be inhibited and lower expectations for himself as his father did.

    There is also an interesting progression from name to song to dream. It symbolizes identity, expression and fulfillment. At the same time it seems to mark a life progression from childhood, to maturity, and completion with a soulmate.

    Like nearly all of Croce's work, this song is thought-provoking, written artfully, yet clearly and undertstandably, and prompts an emotional response. A great song.
    lyricthinkeron May 31, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song, to me, is about finding or creating individualism in a monotonous society. for example:
    "Like the singin' bird and the croakin' toad"
    the bird or toad aren't particularly special when viewed with other birds and/or toads*, but there song is what sets them apart from one another; just as peoples' actions are one of the things that can be distinguished. not to get to Martin Luther King Jr.-like, or anything.
    i'm fully aware that many bird songs sound alike, but we as people often rally together for particular causes. but i'm rambling.
    this is an outstanding song, just for croce's skilled guitar work.
    "Movin' ahead so life won't pass me by"
    don't get hung up on things, life goes on, we should too.
    *i suppose i should add frogs to the mix, toads and frogs look alot alike.
    montyosoison August 10, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWOW I cant believe this song has no comments, I love this song one of my favs, Jim was an awesome songwriter
    Olexon January 28, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'll comment for you. I thought the lyric was" i'm living the dream that he can't live". Am i wrong?
    Fantastic song
    Tapies24on May 02, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentoh, and it is "that he kept hid"
    montyosoison August 10, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAgree with montyosis. This song sounds like it could be Johnny Appleseed's theme song.
    Abq_physon May 03, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song to me is about a father and a son and i got a name means i am a me
    joe walsh ruleson June 29, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentto me, this song is about finding yourself on life's journey, and maintaing your individuality along the way. staying true to your own beliefs, and not caring what others may say about you.
    bigred090on January 27, 2008   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationWhen he says the pine trees have a name...I took that to mean that to us, a tree is a tree, but to the tree, it is an individual, and they have names just like we do. Same for the bird and toad - they're all the same to us, but not to themselves. Think about what humans would look like to a bird -- we're all the same as far as they can tell!
    Cannikinon April 10, 2009   Link
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    General CommentBTW this is one of the few songs Croce sang that he didn't write - it was written by Charles Fox and Norman Gimbel, the same pair that wrote "Killing me softly with his song".

    Totally suits Jim though - subject theme, melody, changes and arrangement
    MJT81on July 01, 2009   Link

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