I Got A Name

Album: I Got A Name (1973)
Charted: 10
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  • Like the pine trees linin' the windin' road
    I've got a name, I've got a name
    Like the singin' bird and the croakin' toad
    I've got a name, I've got a name
    And I carry it with me like my daddy did
    But I'm living the dream that he kept hid

    Movin' me down the highway, rollin' me down the highway
    Movin' 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

    Movin' me down the highway, rollin' me down the highway
    Movin' 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 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 byWriter/s: Charles Fox, Norman Gimbel
    Publisher: Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
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Comments: 12

  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn December 23, 1973, Jim Croce had three records on Billboard's Top 100 chart...
    His "Time In A Bottle" was in it's first of two weeks at #1 on the chart, "I Got A Name" was at #34, and in it's first week on the Top 100 at position #77 was his "It Doesn't Have To Be That Way"...
    Six weeks earlier "I Got A Name" had peaked at #10 {for 1 week} and it spent seventeen weeks on the Top 100...
    Between 1972 and 1976 the South Philadelphia native had ten records on the Top 100 chart, five made the Top 10 with two reaching #1, besides the above "Time In A Bottle", his other #1 record was "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown" for 2 weeks in July of 1973...
    Sadly, three months and three days earlier on September 30th, 1973 James Joseph Croce passed away at the young age of 30 {a airplane accident}...
    May he R.I.P.
  • Jim from Pleasant Hill, CaThe only flaw in this song is the grammar. It would have been phonetically nearly identical to name & sing it as "I've Got A Name" vs. the Ebonics-style wording.
  • Jim from Long Beach, CaThis was a song that reminds me of my father. When he died 6 years ago after his funeral, I went home and played this song in his honor and balled my eyes out. I remember when I was 9 he took me to the race movie THE LAST AMERICAN HERO and this was the ending song. My father build high performance race cars for a living and I use to love to go to the races with him, that was our thing. It is hard for me to see races live or on TV without him. I will always love this song..Peace, Jim
  • Cynthia from Scranton, Pai absolutely love this song. im only 16 but jim croce is one of my favorite artists. his death proved that only the good die young. RIP Jim! say hi to papou for me in heaven!
  • Jeff from Casa Grande, AzI always imagined driving in my car with a girl I really liked and singing this song together as it played deafening loud on the stereo. Sort of like a pre-curser to marriage. And, having her follow me and my father's name into the future generations. I think that is what this song is all about, simply passing on the family name. The whole heritage of it all. And, it all begins for you with you father. And, it is something that you pass on to your sons. Like a torch, knowing that someone else carries it forward, you can rest.
  • Barry from New York, NcThe version of the song in the movie THE LAST AMERICAN HERO is not the one that is found on the record. An earler (and rather tentative) alternate version of I GOT A NAME was recorded for the motion picture soundtrack.
  • Zachariah from Detroit, MiWho cannot really listen to the lyrics of this song and not feel like standing up to shout, "I got a name!"

    When you feel down, go for this and leave the Stephen Crane.
  • Chris from Chicago, IlThis song really touches me.Jim Croce was a great talent!
  • Richard from Houston, TxThis is played at the beginning of the 2006 movie Invincible.
  • Michael from Ephrata, WaJim Croce's music has always meant a lot to me. I've made friends through his music and some of his songs have gotten me through some very depressed times in my life. I'm too young to remember that much about him personally but he must have been a really great guy.
  • Frank from Westminster, ScThis song was climbing the charts at the time of his death. I'll never forget it. I was at a friend's house, playing pool, when the report came on the radio of the plane crash. It hit me the way I imagine that newspaper headline in February 1959 must have hit Don McLean.
  • Luke from Mesa, AzThis is one of the only songs in Jim Croce's catalog that he didn't write
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