Change My Name

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cd cover: terraplane by scott ainslie

( Scott Ainslie)

Well, the whole town’s in an uproar, all up and down the street;
I owe everybody, but nobody owes me!
I’m gonna start with the very next person I meet:
Next time you see me there ain’t no tellin’ who I’ll be.

I got to change my name. I got to change my name.
I got to change my name, that’s what it’s all about.

Now, ‘Guitar Wizard’ rhymes with gizzards, which I can’t abide,
And I can’t be ‘Reverend’ and I sure ain’t ‘Blind’
Lightnin’ doesn’t suit me ’cause I move too slow
And if you ever called me ‘Tampa’ I wouldn’t know where to go,
And if I’m gonna change my name: it sure won’t be ‘Kokomo’.

I got a letter from my mother askin’ me was “she to blame”
And my father want’s to know, “Son, what’s wrong with your name?”
I got to change my name. I got to change my name.
I got to change my name, Man, that’s what it’s all about.

Well I tried ‘Funny Papa’, that didn’t sound too bad,
I thought ‘Big Scott Ainslie’, but I’d have to wear shoulder pads.
I thought I’d take the name of a famous president,
But I had trouble finding one I did not resent,

And if you’re gonna change your name, brother,
that’s what it’s all about.

BRIDGE:

Well, the record man said, “It’s a cryin’ shame.
“I like your music, son, but-uh, what about this name?
“You see that spinnin’ ’round on the phonograph
“Now a DJ couldn’t read that so save his own (ass)…”

So, I’m leavin’ this town. I need a change of scene.
I’m gonna marry the first girl ‘can tell me what-uh, ‘MOJO’ means
I got to change my name. I got to change my name.
I got to change my name; that’s what it’s all about.

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