All the dogs are haunted
And the snow melts on the grass
You were what I wanted
But the fever could not last

In the day, I am dreaming
In the night, I am cold
While the stars are up there singing
All the dogs are growing old

No regrets, they're out the window
Frozen on the silver pane
Gone like winter, let the wind blow
Let the dogs howl at the rain

In the day, I am dreaming
In the night, I am cold
While the stars are up there singing
All the dogs are growing old

Oh the cats are in the alley
And the rats are on the wire
Time is breathless as a blossom
And it's bursting with desire

And the dogs they wander freely
Through the streets of long gone dreams
Drift like ghosts down the backroads
All the way to New Orleans

In the day, I am dreaming
In the night, I am cold
While the stars are up there singing
All the dogs are growing old


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Dogsong (Sleep Dog Lullaby) song meanings
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    General CommentI love this song but I can't begin to interpret the meaning. It just has such beautiful lyrics -"...through the streets of long gone dreams"...
    Johny108on August 06, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationDogs could represent unfulfilled but abandoned desires.
    Johny108on December 30, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationThe first lyric sets the song up as coming to terms with the fading of a recent relationship. 2nd lyric speaks of longing and loneliness as life goes on, seemingly more without her now. With winter representing a perception of the prime of her relationship life, the song speaks of that prime passing, ravaged by the changing seasons of life, her cares now care less and send up their mournful howls in her heart.

    I pulled this song out of the back of my head this morning. I can not recall hearing it anytime recently. It just came to me so I looked it up trying to remember what it was. I am surprised at how I can see my life through it. I have moved beyond dreaming and cold nights but the feeling still lingers at times. In a non-relationship perspective I can see the song translating into more personal dreams and desires that did not ever seem to materialize despite the confidence and intensity of the emotions involved in the time spent enjoying them.
    schmirkon January 29, 2013   Link

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