Well, it was all
that I could do to keep from cryin'.
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 Haddard anymore
even though you're on my fightin' side.

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 have played,
but the only time I know
I'll hear, "David Allen Coe,"
is when Jesus has his final judgement day.

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.

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 bacl a letter, and I told him it was not the perfect Country & Western song, because he hadn't said anything at about mama,
or trains,
or trucks,
or prison,
or gettiin' 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 runned over by a damned old train.

And, I'll hang around as long as you will let me.
And, I never minded standin' 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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  • +1
    General CommentIt made me go seek out some more Steve Goodman tunes - he was a great writer.
    BoyBlueon December 11, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentheh, gotta love that verse...

    "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 runned over by a damned old train. "

    true country for ya, eh?
    damn_dirty_insomniacon August 28, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMan I despise country music, but I LOVE this song. Makes a great bar song, a song to sing when you're really drunk.

    And yeah the last verse and chrous are awesome.
    Muzzyon March 08, 2003   Link
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    General CommentHell, I think it's a great song to sing when you're stone cold sober... you just couldn't get me to do it in public without a few drinks...

    Truly the perfect country & western song.
    diabolusmaguson October 17, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTHE best drinking song EVER!
    randamanaeon February 27, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentdang im listening to this DRINKING whiskey and by god this is great, makes me not think about the stuff i gotta worry about school, thanks! and i feel good
    fallschirmjägeron April 09, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentProbably one of the best country songs ever...
    gdudeon June 15, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTHE best C/W song EVER!!!
    DJobsceneon September 11, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSeems like he fell for a women who treated him like crap, and she compared him to alot of other famous country stars. Or maybe in her eyes he could never live up to all the other country singers who were famous at the time, but he didn't care what or who she called him, as long as she called him.
    OR
    it could have a double meaning about the music industry itself. How he never achieved so called star-dom and greatness in the eyes of showbiz but he didn't mind it as long as he got to be a part of it and continued to do what he loves, even though he's not getting booked for the big shows and becoming a huge star.
    The "perfect country western song" about momma, trains, trucks, prison & getting drunk is a tongue in cheek poke at country music. He's written a very deep and meaningful song, wrapped in metaphore and emotions so he had to throw in some typical yet outlandish country subject matter to make it the perfect country and western song.
    Steve Goodman also helped Jimmy Buffett write some of his best music back in the day!

    And yeah, you can't listen to this song without singing it to the top of your lungs and lifting your drink!!
    whiskeynelsonon October 20, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSteve Goodman wrote this song with John Prine, anthough Prine is uncredited. They both wanted to write a formula Country song and they discussion turned into this song. It's got it all including the references to other singers which are popular in Country music.

    This is a drunken bar sing along for sure.
    ILoutlawon February 04, 2009   Link

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