That’s Not My Name chords by The Ting Tings



That’s Not My Name chords and lyrics

||: N.C | N.C :||

| E5 | E5 |
Four letter word just to get me along, it’s a,
| E5 | E5 |
difficulty and I’m bitin’ on my tongue and I,
| E5 | E5 |
I keep stallin’ and keepin’ it together.
| E5 | E5 |
People around gotta find something to say now.
| A5 | A5 | A5 | A5 |
Holdin’ back every day the same don’t wanna be a loner, listen to me, oh no.
| A5 | A5 | A5 | A5 B5 | N.C |
I never say anything at all but with nothing to consider they forget my name (ame, ame, ame).

| 2/4 N.C | 4/4 E | E |
They call me hell, they call me Stacey.
| E | E |
They call me Her, they call me Jane.
| A | A |
That’s not my name. That’s not my name.
| A | A B |
That’s not my name. That’s not my name.

| E | E |
They call me quiet but I’m a riot.
| E | E |
Mary-Jo-Lisa, always the same.
| A | A |
That’s not my name. That’s not my name.
| A | A B |
That’s not my name. That’s not my name.

| E5 | E5 |
I’ll miss the catch if they throw me the ball,
| E5 | E5 |
I’m the last chick standing up against the wall.
| E5 | E5 |
Keep a fallin’, these heels that keep me borin’,
| E5 | E5 |
getting clamped up and sittin’ on the fence now.
| A5 | A5 | A5 | A5 |
So alone all the time and I lock myself away, listen to me, oh no.
| A5 | A5 | A5 | A5 B5 | N.C |
And though I’m dressed up out and all with everything considered they forget my name (ame, ame, ame).

| 2/4 N.C | 4/4 E | E |
They call me hell (this song was in my head), they call me Stacey (and now it’s in my mind).
| E | E |
They call me her (call it, reach it), they call me Jane (get some words and get some timing).
| A | A |
That’s not my name. That’s not my name (and though I realize I cannot emphasize).
| A | A B |
That’s not my name. That’s not my name (I’ll stick around but just don’t promise, nothing binding).

| E | E |
They call me quiet but I’m a riot (and baby, can’t you see, that you’re so desperately).
| E | E |
Mary-Jo-Lisa, always the same (a standing joker like a vocal one-liner).
| A | A |
That’s not my name. That’s not my name (instead of sing-a-long, this song is monotone).
| A | A B |
That’s not my name. That’s not my name (I’ve gotta get some soul, I gotta get some feeling).

||: E | E | E | E | A | A | A | A B :||
Are you callin’ me darlin’?
Are you callin’ me bird?
Are you callin’ me darlin’?
Are you callin’ me bird?

| E | E |
They call me hell. they call me Stacey (are you).
| E | E |
They call me her, they call me Jane (calling).
| A | A |
That’s not my name. That’s not my name (me darling?).
| A | A B |
That’s not my name. That’s not my name.

| E | E |
They call me quiet but I’m a riot (are you).
| E | E |
Mary-Jo-Lisa, always the same (calling).
| A | A |
That’s not my name. That’s not my name (me bird?).
| A | A B |
That’s not my name. That’s not my name.

| E | E |
They call me hell, they call me Stacey (are you) (this song was in my head and now it’s in my mind).
| E | E |
They call me her, they call me Jane (calling) (call it, reach it get some words, and get some timing).
| A | A |
That’s not my name. That’s not my name (me darling?) (and though I realize I cannot emphasize).
| A | A B |
That’s not my name. That’s not my name (I’ll stick around but just don’t promise, nothing binding).

| E | E |
They call me quiet but I’m a riot (are you) (and baby, can’t you see, that you’re so desperately).
| E | E |
Mary-Jo-Lisa, always the same (calling) (a standing joker like a vocal one-liner).
| A | A |
That’s not my name. That’s not my name (me bird?) (instead of sing-a-long, this song is monotone).
| A | A B |
That’s not my name. That’s not my name (I’ve gotta get some soul, I gotta get some feeling).

| E | E |
They call me hell, they call me Stacey (this song was in my head and now it’s in my mind).
| E | E |
They call me her, they call me Jane (call it, reach it get some words, and get some timing).
| A | A |
That’s not my name. That’s not my name (and though I realize, I cannot emphasize).
| A | A B |
That’s not my name. That’s not my name (I’ll stick around but just don’t promise, nothing binding).

(So alone all the time and I lock myself away).

| E | E |
They call me quiet but I’m a riot (and baby, can’t you see, that you’re so desperately).
| E | E |
Mary-Jo-Lisa, always the same (a standing joker like a vocal one-liner).

(Though I’m dressed up out and all with everything considered they forget my name).

| A | A |
That’s not my name. That’s not my name (instead of sing-a-long, this song is monotone).
| A | A B |
That’s not my name. That’s not my name (I’ve gotta get some soul, I gotta get some feeling).

| E | E |
This song was in my head and now it’s in my mind.
| E | E |
Call it, reach it get some words, and get some timing.
| A | A |
And though I realize I cannot emphasize.
| A | A B |
I’ll stick around but just don’t promise, nothing binding.

| E | E |
And baby, can’t you see, that you’re so desperately?
| E | E |
A standing joker like a vocal one-liner.
| A | A |
Instead of sing-a-long, this song is monotone.
| A | A B |
I’ve gotta get some soul, I gotta get some feeling.

| E | E | E | E | A | A | A | A B | E | E |


That’s Not My Name chord progression

Essentially a I – IV – V song, The Ting Tings make use of dynamics and overlaying vocal lines to build tension.

The verse stays on the E chord (chord I) for 8 bars, then moves to the A chord for 7 bars. Finally, we play A – B before we rest for a bar. I’ve written these chords as 5 chords as this seems to make more sense.

As we play the chorus, I felt the full triads made a nice change. On the original recording, it’s more noise-making than clear chords!

The chorus is also shorter, 4 bars on E, 3 bars on A, then A – B again. So half the length.

My favorite section is in the middle of the song, where we go way beyond halftime as “she” sings “are you callin’ me darling?…”

I’m very much into arranging in songwriting and to me, this section is a true stroke of genius.

Next, we start layering vocal lines over the chorus, with the drawn-out section in the background almost all the way ‘til the end.

The fast mumbly male vocal that goes “this song was in my head and now it’s in my mind…” finishes off the song.

The chords for That’s Not My Name keep the movement of I – IV – V throughout.


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