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Lyr Req: songs for the critters

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Subject: Lyr Req: songs for the critters
From: Goose Gander
Date: 01 Aug 07 - 12:01 AM

I've been asked to perform at a benefit for local animal rescue / shelters, etc. Can anyone suggest some appropriate dog, cat, critter - type songs for the occasion?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: songs for the critters
From: Cluin
Date: 01 Aug 07 - 12:20 AM

John Hiatt's "My Dog and Me"


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: songs for the critters
From: Don Firth
Date: 01 Aug 07 - 12:49 AM

Old Blue.
The Cat Came Back.
Froggie Went a-Courtin'.
The Tailor and the Mouse.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: songs for the critters
From: GUEST,Texas Guest
Date: 01 Aug 07 - 01:21 AM

How about:
A Place In The Choir - Bill Staines
Pony Man - Gordon Lightfoot
Old Carrion Crow - Trad
Leatherwing Bat - Trad
Waltzing With Bears - ?

That's it for the moment - hope it helps. Cheers


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: songs for the critters
From: GUEST,Jim Carroll
Date: 01 Aug 07 - 03:01 AM

Roisín White's 'I'm Going To Kill My Cat',
Jim Carroll


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: songs for the critters
From: oldhippie
Date: 01 Aug 07 - 07:44 AM

I Stuck My Head In A Little Skunks Hole
The Fox


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: songs for the critters
From: Don Firth
Date: 01 Aug 07 - 01:32 PM

The Body in the Bag?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: songs for the critters
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 01 Aug 07 - 01:45 PM

Old Dog Tray (Stephen C. Foster, 1853)
Here, Rattler, Here


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: songs for the critters
From: Janie
Date: 01 Aug 07 - 11:14 PM

All Things Bright and Beautiful
Bluejay Pulled the Four-horse Plow (first line-may not be song title)
Groundhog, Groundhog
Turtle Dove Done Drooped His Wings
This Old House
Ragged But Right




Rock Salt and Nails

(I'll get me coat:^)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: songs for the critters
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 01 Aug 07 - 11:49 PM

plug @animal into the DT search box, and you'll see pages and pages of songs.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: songs for the critters
From: rangeroger
Date: 01 Aug 07 - 11:55 PM

Poisoning Pigeons in the Park.

rr


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: songs for the critters
From: open mike
Date: 02 Aug 07 - 01:44 AM

There is a song about a love affair between a moose and a cow--from a true event. probably in maine or vermont. It is by Fred Small.

also Laurie Lewis has one about bears...
where the bears rescue a person in a blizzard and
where the trapper throws all their traps away

that bill staines song is called critter choir

garnet rogers has a wonderful song called small victories
about a race horse that he rescued

stephanie davis sings a song called about a bird with a broken
rescued by a small girl it is called the gift.

greg brown has a song called 4 wet pigs


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Subject: Lyr Add: RALPH TO ROSE (Lou & Peter Berryman)
From: SharonA
Date: 02 Aug 07 - 03:01 AM

Go here and click on "Ralph to Rose" to hear three verses of the song

RALPH TO ROSE
(Lou and Peter Berryman)

Let me introduce my terrier:
Rosie is the little dog's name.
Comin' from her dog perspective,
Ev'rybody look the same.
You could be a carefree vagabond,
Ramblin' in your raggedy clothes --
You could be the Queen of England --
Ev'rybody's Ralph to Rose.

She goes: Ralph! Ralph! Ralph! to ev'ryone.
Ralph! Ralph! Ralph! she goes.
You could be Ann or you could be Dan
But ev'rybody's Ralph to Rose.

Thinkin' Rose would like some company,
I brought her home a puppy one night:
A large amalgamation called Izzy,
Approximately twice her height.
Rose approached the new dog gingerly,
Sniffin' at her sizable nose.
I introduced the dog as Izzie,
But ev'rybody's Ralph to Rose.

She goes: Ralph! Ralph! Ralph! to Isabel.
Ralph! Ralph! Ralph! she goes.
She coulda been Mike, she coulda been Spike,
But ev'rybody's Ralph to Rose.

Now, coincident'lly, Isabel
Has her own vernacular too
And, along the lines of Rosie,
She has a pseudonym for you.
Though you be Pierre or Pamela,
A Mr. or a Miss or a Ms.,
A neighbor or a bug-eyed Martian --
Ev'rybody's Ruth to Iz.

She goes: Ruth! Ruth! Ruth! to ev'ryone.
Ruth! Ruth! Ruth! she goes.
You could be Cher or Smokey the Bear
Or you could be a dog named Rose.

As around this world I hesitate,
Wary of the people in charge,
When I think of Iz and Rosie,
They never seem to loom so large.
The multi-billionaire of industry,
The powerful political whiz
Is just another Ralph to Rosie
And just another Ruth to Iz

Because Ruth! Ruth! Ruth! goes Isabel.
Ralph! Ralph! Rose declares.
You could be swank and own your own bank;
Tell it to a dog who cares!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: songs for the critters
From: Leadfingers
Date: 02 Aug 07 - 06:07 AM

The Drover's Dream - In the Digitrad


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: songs for the critters
From: Charley Noble
Date: 02 Aug 07 - 09:14 AM

Odd that no one has mentioned Bill Staine's classic "All God's Critters have a Place in the Choir." It actually would be appropriate for an animal shelter.

Here's a link to the words: Click here!


Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: songs for the critters
From: SharonA
Date: 02 Aug 07 - 10:51 AM

(Psst, Charley, you're the third one to mention Bill Staines's song on this thread... so far!)

Other animal songs by Lou and Peter Berryman (the ones with asterisks are my favorites and the ones I recommended most highly for Michael's gig, in addition to "Ralph to Rose"):

Bird Bird Bird
The Biggest Cow
*The Dog of Time
*The Dupsha Dove
Crab Canape
*Dem Deer
Moo Moo Moo
*Noah Song (Mr. and Mrs. Noah) -- Note: Ideally, you should have two people performing this to do it justice, but if that's not possible you can always sing Mrs. Noah's part in a Monty-Python-style falsetto.
Pair of Geese
Some Birds
Spring Chicken
Squirrelly Valley Two-Step

Christmas songs:
Big Dead Bird (referring to the turkey in the oven)
Cockroach Christmas

More info about all these and more are at www.louandpeter.com


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: songs for the critters
From: SharonA
Date: 02 Aug 07 - 11:09 AM

Oops -- forgot to mention these Berryman gems:

Cow Imagination
*The Vulture
(Also, there's a typo in one song title from my previous post: it should be "Some Bird".)


Non-Berryman song suggestions:

"Nobody's Moggie Now" (very sad song, but motivational for animal rescuers!) -- this is in the DT
"Blame It on the Turkeys" by Hamilton Camp
"Buzzards in Love" by George Mattson
"Railroad Bill and the Kitten" by Andy Breckman -- also in the DT
"The Cats are Taking Over" by Leslie Fish -- DT again

Also check out these CD's for songs:
Irish Drinking Songs for Cat Lovers
"Cat Tales" by Cindy Mangsen


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: songs for the critters
From: Goose Gander
Date: 02 Aug 07 - 11:50 AM

Thank you everyone for your responses. I'm definately going to take up some of your suggestions. I have a couple months to get ready for this, so I should be able to put an appropriate set together - I'll post a set list when I have something nailed down.

Of course, there are a great number of chicken songs, but I'm not sure chickens pull the emotional heart-strings in the way that warm-blooded creatures do.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: songs for the critters
From: Uncle_DaveO
Date: 02 Aug 07 - 12:20 PM

Unless I missed it, noone's mentioned Ole Blue.

And then there's The Strawberry Roan.

And though I can't think of the name of the song, or the name of the dog (which may be the same), there's the great sentimental Utah Phillips song about the dog whose hobo master was killed by a switching train while going for something for the dog to eat.

Dave Oesterreich


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: songs for the critters
From: Bee
Date: 02 Aug 07 - 02:19 PM

For pure tearjerking, and retelling of the wronged hound story (man comes home, missing baby, blood on hound's muzzle, kills dog, finds baby safe near dead wolf, general rending of clothes, tearing of hair ensues), there's Echo Mountain. I've only heard Bluegrasser James King sing it, and he may have written it, but the basic story is very old.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: songs for the critters
From: open mike
Date: 02 Aug 07 - 02:44 PM

Ramblin' Jack Elliot sings a song about a dog named shep.

There is another Shep, who is commemmorated by a statue in
Fort Benton Montana.
see: http://www.roadsideamerica.com/attract/MTFTBshep.html

also Tom Dundee wrote a song about a dog named Harry.
Bryan Bowers sings it.

there is another song that is about something very near and dear

to animals-- Habitat, habitat, have to have a habitat.

by Bill Oliver--www.mrhabitat.net/


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: songs for the critters
From: Artful Codger
Date: 02 Aug 07 - 07:52 PM

The Hound Dog Song ("You gotta quit kickin' my dog around")
My Canary Has Circles Under His Eyes
Doney Gal (a cowboy's love song to his horse)
The Preacher and the Bear
The Pig and the Inebriate
Fod (with a woodchuck, skunk, rattlesnake, and dog)

Maybe you could write some new words to "While Gamekeepers Lie Sleeping":
Oh, I've got a mutt, and a good mutt, too,
And I keep him in my keeping
For to chase the strays that yowl outside all night
While the wife and kids lie sleeping.
;-}


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: songs for the critters
From: Artful Codger
Date: 02 Aug 07 - 08:12 PM

The statue of Shep also reminded me of "Nine Miles from Gundagai" (aka "Five Miles..."), another song for the critters.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: songs for the critters
From: Genie
Date: 03 Aug 07 - 02:32 AM

Check out "The Dogs, They Really Miss You" by The Austin Lounge Lizards.
It's a hoot!
The lyrics are here in the forum.

Genie


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: songs for the critters
From: Genie
Date: 03 Aug 07 - 02:37 AM

What's the name of that "Snake" song about the woman who rescues a poor, cold, freezing snake and takes him home and warms and feeds him and holds him to her breast, whereupon he gives her a fatal bite and then says, by way of justification,

"You knew full well I was a snake before you took me in?"


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: songs for the critters
From: Genie
Date: 03 Aug 07 - 02:44 AM

Bird songs:

Yellow Bird
Blackbird (Beatles)
Walkin' to Missouri (Poor Little Robin)
Bye-bye, Blackbird
Chickens (Harry Belafonte)
When The Red, Red Robin Comes Bob-bob-bobbin' Along
The Dove
La Paloma (another dove song)
Three Little Birds (Bob Marley)
Mockingbird
Mockingbird Hill
Three Ravens
Three Craws
Twa Corbies
The Last Lonely Eagle (New Riders Of The Purple Sage)
The Eagle & The Dove (John Denver recorded it)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: songs for the critters
From: Genie
Date: 03 Aug 07 - 02:56 AM

Oh, I forgot these bird songs:
Turkey In the Straw
Tennessee Bird Walk (really funny novelty country song)


More dog songs:
Hound Dog (Lieber & Stoller - recorded by Big Mama Thornton and by Elvis)
Who Let The Dogs Out? (Baha Men)
Our Hour For Love (The Puppy Love Song) - Spike Jones
Doggie In the Window
O Where, O Where Has My Little Dog Gone?
I Want To Be A Dog
Bingo (B-I-N-G-O) - fun kids' song
Doggie At The Wheel ( a hilarious song by a Pacific Northwest singer-songwriter whose name I can't recall at the moment)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: songs for the critters
From: Genie
Date: 03 Aug 07 - 03:06 AM

You might also try putting "@cat" in the search box. You'll find many songs plus a few "cat song" threads.

Here are a few of those:
The Siamese Cat Song (from Lady & The Tramp)
Señor Don Gato
How Can I Keep From Purring (Betsy Wellings) - the lyrics are in the forum
Tiger Rag
Alley Cat
Stray Cat Strut


Then there are songs about horses, e.g.:
Stewball
Run For The Roses (Dan Fogelberg)
Blood On The Saddle (Short but -- OK, not that sweet, either, but funny)
I Ride An Old Paint
Tennessee Stud
Run, Molly, Run


and about frogs:
I'm In Love With A Big Blue Frog (Peter, Paul & Mary)
Frog Kissing (country song)
Frog Went A-Courtin' (mentioned earlier in the thread)
It's Not That Easy Being Green (Kermit's song)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: songs for the critters
From: Genie
Date: 03 Aug 07 - 03:15 AM

Miscellaneous critter songs:

Piggies (The Beatles)
The Hippopotamus Song (Flanders & Swann)
My Rhinoceros
I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas
Three Little Fishies (Fee Widdo Fiddies) - Kay Kyser (sp?) & orchestra
Inchworm (From the movie "Hans Christian Andersen"
Ugly Duckling (from the same movie)
Bovine Belching (David Maloney)
Does "Root, Hog Or Die" count?
Autumn To May (a dog, a frog, a flock of sheep, etc.)


Then there are the unclassified "animals":

Puff, The Magic Dragon
Silkie
The Unicorn (Shel Silverstein)


"The Last Griffin" (Sonja W. Oates)
Thirty-to-fifty-odd Seals (Sonja W. Oates)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: songs for the critters
From: Celtaddict
Date: 03 Aug 07 - 09:13 AM

Colm Gallagher's 'If I Were a Dog' is lighthearted but clearly from the dog's point of view.

If I Were a Dog

Also our own KT has a similarly sympathetic 'It's a Dog's Life' on her CD "Changin' of the Seasons."


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: songs for the critters
From: GUEST,peregrina no cookie
Date: 03 Aug 07 - 09:53 AM

Jez Lowe's song about the Dog Who Wouldn't Bark named Aloysius


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: songs for the critters
From: Genie
Date: 04 Aug 07 - 01:51 AM

Muskrat Love?


or maybe

Muskrat Ramble


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: songs for the critters
From: Genie
Date: 04 Aug 07 - 02:42 AM

Almost forgot the critters from Oz:

Kookaburra
Tie Me Kangaroo Down


There's gotta be a song about a koala or platypus or at least a dingo.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: songs for the critters
From: Goose Gander
Date: 04 Aug 07 - 03:20 AM

And then there's Lone Dog - not sure about a melody, so maybe I would sing it to 'Moonshiner'.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: songs for the critters
From: Genie
Date: 04 Aug 07 - 03:50 AM

Crocodile Rock?

Crawdad

Le Reynard Et Le Corbeau   (The Fox & The Crow)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: songs for the critters
From: SharonA
Date: 04 Aug 07 - 05:00 AM

I think Genie meant to say John Denver's (and Mike Taylor's) song is "The Eagle and the Hawk". Denver also had later songs called "On the Wings of an Eagle(1979) and "Eagles and Horses" (1989). Here's a site with lots of songs containing the word "eagle":
The Eagle Music Hall


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: songs for the critters
From: Genie
Date: 04 Aug 07 - 06:51 PM

I guess I did mix up the title of that Mike Taylor song that John Denver recorded, Sharon.   It's been a long time since I've heard it.   

BTW, what's the name of that pop/rock (?) song that goes "Fly like an eagle ... ?" And who sings it?

Then there's Fleetwood Mac's song about the White-Winged Dove.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: songs for the critters
From: Artful Codger
Date: 05 Aug 07 - 05:36 PM

Well, if you're getting into rock, you gotta be prepared with "Free Bird"! ;-}

There are a slew of Flanders and Swann songs about animals, including the platypus. My favorites are about the gnu (of course), the sloth, the kangaroo and the jaguar.

I was going to recommend "The Kangaroo Song" ("A kangaroo sat on an oak"), except it involves kangaroo hunting and Cheneyesque porcinicide--not quite fitting for the intended venue.


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