Folksinger Tom Paxton received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award Sunday night. He’s probably best known for his antiwar and civil-rights songs from the 1960s and 1970s. But on this blog he’s most celebrated for “I Am Changing My Name to Fannie Mae” (originally written in 1979 as “I’m Changing My Name to Chrysler.”) You can hear Paxton sing it here. Those who think Tom Paxton is a better songwriter than singer can hear Arlo Guthrie’s version instead.
If only they’d let him sing “I Am Changing My Name to Stimulus” at the Grammys: “When they hand a trillion grand out, I’ll be standing with my hand out.” Or maybe even “The Ballad of Ron Paul”!