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I'm Giving Mom a Dead Dog for Christmas
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Recorded for The New CD at Listen Studios (La Grande, OR) with Anna Snook (fiddle), Matt Snook (dobro), Sharon Porter (standup bass)
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Peak #39
Peak in subgenre #4
Author
Joe Wrabek
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1978
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November 24, 2006
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MP3 6.2 MB, 128 kbps, 6:43
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[4/4, mod. slow & adenoidal] (I’M GIVING MOM) A DEAD DOG FOR CHRISTMAS --J. Wrabek [THE RAP: This is a country music song. The late, great Steve Goodman once said that all country-music songs were written about Mother, trucks, trains, farms, prison, dead dogs and Christmas. I could never think of any songs about dead dogs and Christmas, so I felt compelled to write one. Just to make it obvious it was a country-music song, I threw Mother, trucks, trains, and all the rest in, too. It’s called “I’m Giving Mom a Dead Dog for Christmas.” 1. I’m giving Mom a dead dog for Christmas; I found him by the railroad tracks today; I know she’ll think that he’s all right ‘cause he don’t bark, and he don’t bite And he’s not the kind of dog that runs away… I’m sure she’ll be surprised on Christmas morning When she finds him lying underneath the tree, With a ribbon wrapped around the place where that southbound freight train crushed his face, And a card that says “With Love to Mom from Me…” CHORUS: Love is all around you, and it’s not so hard to share; There’s lots of lonely people, and there’s dead dogs ev’rywhere; So take a moment of your time and show ‘em that you care— Give someone a dead dog for Christmas, ___ Give someone a dead dog for Christmas. 2. Well, the landlord don’t want pets in our apartment, But when he sees this one, I’m sure he’ll change his mind; ‘Cause he won’t eat trash, or mess the floor—he don’t even bleed much, any more— And he’ll never bother strangers passing by… If I ever rob a truck, and go to prison, I’ll want a dog like him right by my side; He don’t take up a lot of space and he seems at home most anyplace, And I can talk his ears off, he won’t mind… CHORUS Love is all around you, and it’s not so hard to share; There’s lots of lonely people, and there’s dead dogs ev’rywhere; So take a moment of your time and show ‘em that you care— Give someone a dead dog for Christmas, ___ Give someone a dead dog for Christmas. 3. People stop and stare, like he’s something special, But a dog like him ain’t really hard to find; That freight train that went through before must’ve wiped out half a dozen or more And they could have their pick of what I left behind… Mom will be so happy she’ll be speechless, Like all the folks I’ve showed him to today; I’ll thaw him out inside my bed and teach him tricks—like playin’ dead— And clean him up for Mom on Christmas Day… CHORUS Love is all around you, and it’s not so hard to share; There’s lots of lonely people, and there’s dead dogs ev’rywhere; So take a moment of your time and show ‘em that you care— Give someone a dead dog for Christmas (do it early)-- Give someone a dead dog for Christmas. © 1978 J. Wrabek dba Outside Services Ltd. All the usual rights reserved just in case.
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