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Old 11-13-2002, 07:39 AM
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help me identify this dumb line/lyric?

this has been rolling around in my head as long as i remember, what is it and where did it come from?

"every time i go downtown, somebody kicks my dog around"
"makes no difference if he is a hound, you'd better stop kickin' my dog around"

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Old 11-13-2002, 09:10 AM
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Jim dog? I remember people playing this song when I was growing up. IANAFMH (I am not a folk music historian) but as far as I know, it's just a traditional folk song with no known author.

IIRC I do believe Dylan did a version of it at some point.
Old 11-13-2002, 09:17 AM
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Here ya go.

Did a google search on

lyrics kick "dog around"
Old 11-13-2002, 10:15 AM
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thanks dopers!

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Old 11-15-2002, 04:17 AM
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The band Guadalacanal Diary (site not updated in a year and a half or so) did a song on their final album, Flip-Flop, called "...Vista" which had the lyrics:

Every time I go to town,
Boys start kicking my dog around.
And every time I go to sleep,
Wakes me up with this crazy speech:

This was followed by a long, nonsensical chorus that was repeated a couple of times. I'm pretty sure I remember this nonsensical chorus from sitting around the campfire as a kid too, but I don't know that it had any connection with the dog-kicking lyrics.

Unfortunately, the lyrics pages seem to have disappeared from the site.

I'm glad this came up; I went to college with Rhett Crowe, the bassist for Guadalcanal Diary, and I hadn't thought of them in years.
Old 11-15-2002, 04:22 AM
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House of Pain also sang that line but apparently that wasn't the answer you were looking for
Old 07-11-2017, 02:08 PM
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funny, my daughter just came back from drama camp singing this song. I immediately remembered the Guadalcanal Diary version from high school. Great song.

(yes, zombie thread, so what?)
Old 07-11-2017, 06:46 PM
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Gotta pile on:

Harry Dean Stanton sings/plays harmonica on this tune somewhere in the middle of "Kelly's Heroes." I guess they're insinuating the song is WWII or earlier.
Old 07-12-2017, 01:24 AM
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I thought it was that Tom Petty song featuring Stevie Nicks:

"Baby, you could never look me in the eye
Yeah, you buckle with the weight of the words
Stop kickin' my,
Stop kickin' my,
Stop kickin' my dog around..."

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