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Origins: I've Lost My Dog

JennyO 01 Nov 03 - 07:17 AM
The Fooles Troupe 01 Nov 03 - 08:01 AM
The Fooles Troupe 01 Nov 03 - 08:25 AM
Jim Dixon 08 Dec 10 - 01:54 PM
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Subject: Origins: I've Lost My Dog
From: JennyO
Date: 01 Nov 03 - 07:17 AM

This query was sent to an Oz folk chat forum. Does anyone here know any more about this song?

"My mom's an Aussie (war bride, came to the US after WWII). I know this isn't a "traditional" Aussie song, but she used to sing a song called "I've Lost My Dog." Have you ever heard of it? I'd really appreciate learning more about it. At first I thought it must be a Gracie Fields song, but I can find no trace.

Any help would be much appreciated.

Noel Gieleghem"

I've Lost My Dog

Oh gosh I think my little dog has lost me.
He ain't been home for supper, it looks bad!

He wasn't much to look at, but he loved me.
And he's all the dolls and toys I never had.

I found him in an alley, cold and hungry,
A flea-farm with a coat that couldn't grow.
A cat had scratched her address on his left-hand ear,
but still he wagged his little to-and-fro.

But now I'm 'fraid I've lost my little dog.

I've lost my dog, and I don't know where to find him.
I've lost my dog, with his little tail behind him.
He's two dogs long, and a half a dog high,
He'd have better looking if he had the other eye,
But the one he had was sweet and true,
it was kind of a sort of mildewed blue.

If you've seen my dog, just whistle for me
Out in the fog, Oh, where can he be?

You'll know him by the place where his tail should have been,
somebody bit it off, or else I guess they drove it in.
Oh, gosh I think I've lost my dog.

My mother said when auntie died, I wasn't so cut up,
But then, you see, I didn't raise my auntie from a pup!
Ohhhh, gosh I think I've lost my dog!

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Subject: RE: Origins: I've Lost My Dog
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 01 Nov 03 - 08:01 AM

This one seems to ring a bell - pavlovian joke!

I think I have in one book about humourous songs - old ones - maybe Music Hall - seems to be linked in my chaotic referential mental filing system with various things like "I wouldn't leave my little wooden hut for you", the one about the two nice Salvation Army Girls, and things of that ilk - another one for the Murphy's Law Search Side-effect, I think...

The line
"He'd have been better looking if he had the other eye"
resonates very strongly in my memory - - and can I see it in my mental piccie file (but not well enough to read it direct!), so I've definitely seen it somewhere in the last year or so.

If it wasn't in a book of mine (it's the sort of inane junk I collect!) - it might have been on the Monologues UK site - now defunct... I didn't download everything...


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Subject: RE: Origins: I've Lost My Dog
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 01 Nov 03 - 08:25 AM

A yahoo search showed that "Lost My Dog" was a jingle written for pepsi by hummingbird productions...

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Subject: RE: Origins: I've Lost My Dog
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 08 Dec 10 - 01:54 PM

The lyrics sound interesting and it would be nice to find a tune. Furthermore, I don't think we've nailed down the origin of those lyrics.

The US catalog of copyright entries lists 2 songs:
    I'VE LOST MY DOG, words, Irene Franklin; music, Burton Green. New York: Leo Feist, Inc., 1926. [The British Library has the sheet music.]

    I'VE LOST MY DOG, words and music by Jerry Buckley, Detroit: Jerry Buckley, 1926.
A Google search found a book:
    Funny Songs for Children by Burton Green and Irene Franklin (Melbourne: Allan & Co., 1926.) which contains I'VE LOST MY DOG.
The Online 78-rpm Discographical Project lists 3 recordings:
    Howard Israel, Al Hall, and their Peerless Serenaders, I'VE LOST MY DOG, Okeh 40729, 1926.

    Ray Miller & His Orch, I'VE LOST MY DOG, Brunswick 3287, 1926. (Composer: Jerry Buckley) [The University of Missouri at Kansas City has the recording.]

    Davey Lee, I'VE LOST MY DOG, Brunswick 4986, 1930. [Note: Davey Lee would have been about 6 years old when he recorded this.]
I can't find any confirmation of Foolestroupe's assertion: " 'Lost My Dog' was a jingle written for Pepsi by Hummingbird Productions" – and even if that's true, I doubt that it's the song we're looking for. The lyrics we have seem awfully long for a commercial jingle, and I don't see any tie-in with Pepsi.

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