Your crusty chronicler is an individual who generally does his own thing. Still, when Examiner asked for support for their new “List” format, it was nigh impossible not to be open-minded about it. The good folks at Examiner are usually pretty tolerant of your screwy scribe’s scribbles and so it seemed that the polite thing to do was to try to somehow utilize their new favorite format in some way. So, with that spirit of unity and teamwork in mind, your rockin’ writer presents this series—“Animal Tracks: Songs About Animals”.
In a recent conversation with Sarah Blacker, singer/songwriter for The Blacklisters, Blacker posed the question: “What’s your favorite song about a pet?” That was all it took to inspire yet another new series here on usedview.com. So, without further adieu, here is the most recent sampling of songs about pets, beast ballads, creature cuts and other assort animal audios:
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“Not Everybody Loves Your Doggie Like You Do”
Brian Wallace offers the first track this time submitting something by Austin-based singer/songwriter David Dondeo’s “Not Everybody Loves Your Doggie Like You Do”. It’s off of his ninth album A Pre-existing Condition on Ghostmeat Records which was released in 2011. The song itself was released as a digital-only single as well.
John Haburay and Jay Kenney both came up with the animal track “Old King” by Neil Young. It’s off the croonin’ Canuck’s twentieth studio album Harvest Moon released in 1992 on the Reprise label. The platter scored the 1994 Juno Award for album of the year. The tune is about his dog Elvis.
Michael Landers threw in the old kid’s classic “Bingo”. He did not specify an artist. The song is also known as “Bingo Was His Name-O” and “There Was a Farmer Who Had a Dog”. The origin of this one is admittedly obscure but in its modern forms the song always involves spelling the dog’s name and replacing increasing letters with handclaps on each round or repetition. Opera singer Frederick Ranalow recorded an early version of it in 1925.
“Everybody’s Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey”
An anonymous California contributor suggested The Beatles’ “Everybody’s Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey”. It’s off The Beatles’1968 double album The Beatles (commonly known as The White Album). It was written by John Lennon who was taking heroin at the time. Paul McCartney said: “We had made rather mild, oblique references to pot or LSD. Now John started talking about fixes and monkeys.”
Nevertheless, Lennon always denied the song had anything to do with addiction to heroin and it wasn’t about having a monkey on his back. He claimed: “That was just a sort of nice line that I made into a song. It was about me and Yoko. “(So if you’re a rich rock star you can call your wife a “monkey” and it’s cool, is that it? “Nice”.)
Marc Latzky came up with the song “Wildfire” which was written by Michael (Martin) Murphey and Larry Cansler. It was recorded by Murphey and appears on his 1975 platter Blue Sky – Night Thunder. It was also the lead single and would camp out for two weeks at number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and topped the Billboard adult contemporary chart for a week as well.
So there you go, pets and petters, the latest edition of “Animal Tracks”: a list of creature cuts from different decades and genres focused on favorite felines, canines and other domesticated animals from different decades and genres. What are your favorite animal audios? As always, feel free to share!
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