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Review: 'Dog' by Tom Dundee (Bryan Bowers)

saulgoldie 20 May 11 - 09:12 AM
Chris in Portland 20 May 11 - 10:20 AM
GUEST 20 May 11 - 02:29 PM
Art Thieme 20 May 11 - 02:42 PM
GUEST,Ryan in NC 14 Dec 11 - 09:55 PM
GUEST,jeff 06 Mar 13 - 12:26 PM
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Subject: Lyr Add: DOG (Tom Dundee, via Bryan Bowers)
From: saulgoldie
Date: 20 May 11 - 09:12 AM

I have played this song for a variety of audiences, including English teachers in Brazil. And I have received only delighted responses. I don't ever recall hearing it on any folk music show. None of the folkies who have heard me play it recognized it. For the life of me, I can't understand why it hasn't gotten any legs.

The song was written by Tom Dundee, and I heard it on a Bryan Bowers album. There is a downloadable MP3 file out there. I can supply the chords I use, if anyone is interested--pretty simple. Here are the lyrics:


DOG
Written by Tom Dundee
As recorded by Bryan Bowers on "By Heart"

The whole thing started 'cause it looked like fun
When other people had a dog; "I'm gonna get me one,"
I said, "Have a little friend around the place."
So I went to the pet store down the street
And lyin' in the middle of a canine heap
Was a sleepy little puppy with a quiet sort of a face.

The next few weeks were certainly strange
Between the barkin' and the thinkin' up of names
Old Blue he wasn't and Spot didn't really apply
So I settled for Harry, just because
That's how he is and that's how he was
And that's how the house gets more and more as days go by.

For a time I was careful where I sat
The rug got funky and he chewed up my hat
And it still happens once in a while when he gets mad
But it's been pretty even after all
I taught him what I know about playin' ball
And he's helped me get rid of a lot of stuff I used to have.

Sometimes friends drop by for a couple of beers
And we all sit around, take turns rubbin' his ears
And callin' him; it's been that way ever since he was a pup.
He sleeps on the bed and when I turn over,
He turns over, then I turn over,
Then he turns over, then I turn over, and we get up.

As my life keeps movin' through the different conditions
The big changes come with the slightest decisions
You're in for a surprise when you think you got it figured, I've found.
'Cause who ever thought I'd ever dote on a pet,
But lookin' back now, I always forget
How I filled up the time before my dog was around.


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Subject: RE: Review: 'Dog' by Tom Dundee (Bryan Bowers)
From: Chris in Portland
Date: 20 May 11 - 10:20 AM

Tom is missed. Other great songs of his you might like are Delicate Balance, Love Doesn't Die, Sad Songs, and Cowboys Born Out of Their Time -- to name a few. Tom's cd's have been
reissued .
Chris


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Subject: Lyr Add: DOG (Tom Dundee, via Bryan Bowers)
From: GUEST
Date: 20 May 11 - 02:29 PM

There are so many good songs that never get the distribution they deserve. That's good for me, 'cause I steal 'em and put them in my repetoire.

Just cleaning it up a little.


DOG
Written by Tom Dundee
As recorded by Bryan Bowers on "By Heart"

The whole thing started 'cause it looked like fun
When other people had a dog; "I'm gonna get me one,"
I said, "Have a little friend around the place."
So I went to the pet store down the street
And lyin' in the middle of a canine heap
Was a sleepy little puppy with a quiet sort of a face.

The next few weeks were certainly strange
Between the barkin' and the thinkin' up of names
Old Blue he wasn't and Spot didn't really apply
So I settled for Harry, just because
That's how he is and that's how he was
And that's how the house gets more and more as days go by.

For a time I was careful where I sat
The rug got funky and he chewed up my hat
And it still happens once in a while when he gets mad
But it's been pretty even after all
I taught him what I know about playin' ball
And he's helped me get rid of a lot of stuff I used to have.

Sometimes friends drop by for a couple of beers
And we all sit around, take turns rubbin' his ears
And callin' him; it's been that way ever since he was a pup.
He sleeps on the bed and when I turn over,
He turns over, then I turn over,
Then he turns over, then I turn over, and we get up.

As my life keeps movin' through the different conditions
The big changes come with the slightest decisions
You're in for a surprise when you think you got it figured, I've found.
'Cause who ever thought I'd ever dote on a pet,
But lookin' back now, I always forget
How I filled up the time before my dog was around.


Roger in Baltimore


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Subject: RE: Review: 'Dog' by Tom Dundee (Bryan Bowers)
From: Art Thieme
Date: 20 May 11 - 02:42 PM

I played banjo with Tom on his first recording of this song. Just a great memory of a great guy and his thaumaturgic songs.

Art Thieme


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Subject: RE: Review: 'Dog' by Tom Dundee (Bryan Bowers)
From: GUEST,Ryan in NC
Date: 14 Dec 11 - 09:55 PM

Could you please supply the tabs? I'd love to play this on the guitar! Jballmickies at yahoo dot com

Thanks - Bryan Bowers is a legend


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Subject: RE: Review: 'Dog' by Tom Dundee (Bryan Bowers)
From: GUEST,jeff
Date: 06 Mar 13 - 12:26 PM

Here's some addtional lyrics and the original words to a couple of different sections:

2nd verse:

Well, I handed the man fifteen dollars about
and said, "I'll just stick him in my shirt and head on out
and reached for the one who looked like a little fox
He said, "You hold it right there and fill out these sheets
have him back in here for shots in a couple of weeks
and it's our policy you take him outta here in this box!"

3d verse:

Then he folded up a cardboard crate in a minute
took my dog and stuck him down in it
pushed on his head and folded in over the top.
I can hear him yet how he scratched and he cried
and he hollared some more when I got him outside
and we were almost home before he decided to stop.


Last line of TD's version verse 3:

And he taught me when to say NO! and I needed that.

Part B of the 4th verse: (TD's original version)

When I've fallen asleep and and I want to roll over
I always think twice about wakin' up the rover
I mean, after all I wouldn't want to wake my dog up!

Tag line after last verse:

Yeah, the whole thing started 'cause it looked like fun
Everybody else had a dog. I wanna get me one I said
and have a little friend around the place.

The original version on 'A Delicate Balance' the dog is a female. So if one wants to remain true to the original include the changes above and change the gender as well.


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Subject: RE: Review: 'Dog' by Tom Dundee (Bryan Bowers)
From: Phil Cooper
Date: 06 Mar 13 - 01:43 PM

I understand that Tom modeled this song on Fred Campeau's dog, Tangle. Who was female. Fred is a longtime fixture in the Chicago scene.


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Subject: RE: Review: 'Dog' by Tom Dundee (Bryan Bowers)
From: GUEST,jeff
Date: 06 Mar 13 - 02:16 PM

Could be. Never heard that story and I co-produced 'A Delicate Balance'.

Fred was a bartender/songwriter employed at the Barbarossa. He was, no doubt the best of all the unknown songwriters that have come through Chicago. He took up the fiddle, started calling square dances, got married and practically disappeared. I always had a profound respect for Fred and felt his original material was as good as anyone better known. He was/is a very laid-back guy and was never one to pursue the brass ring. He pretty much took things as they came.

Btw, I don't mean to imply your statement isn't true. I just never heard it and was really close w/Tom for a few years.


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Subject: RE: Review: 'Dog' by Tom Dundee (Bryan Bowers)
From: PHJim
Date: 06 Mar 13 - 07:57 PM

I recall teaching this song to a grade four class and having them perform it at a variety night about 15 years ago. I just sang this at a jam last Sunday night, paired with Fred Eaglesmith's HE'S A GOOD DOG.


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Subject: RE: Review: 'Dog' by Tom Dundee (Bryan Bowers)
From: Phil Cooper
Date: 06 Mar 13 - 11:12 PM

Fred used to sing the song in the old days. He didn't mention the story of it being about his dog, but other, most notably my old singing partner Margaret Nelson did. She was more in tune with the Barbarossa in those days.


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