A black eyed dog he called at my door
The black eyed dog he called for more
A black eyed dog he knew my name
A black eyed dog he knew my name
A black eyed dog
A black eyed dog.

I'm growing old and I wanna go home
I'm growing old and I don't wanna know
I'm growing old and I wanna go home.

A black eyed dog he called at my door
A black eyed dog he called for more.

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Black Eyed Dog song meanings
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  • +5
    My InterpretationI think the viewpoints that the black eyed dog could be death or depression are accurate and I don't mean to dispute that, but I do think that the song is a song of struggle, perhaps against an inner darkness or unresolved conflict that Drake felt was best expressed as a "black eyed dog."

    The verses about the dog wanting more seem to indicate that something is being asked of the singer that he doesn't want to give or feel that he can no longer give, perhaps the black eyed dog is representative of the battle against depression and Drake is giving up as he can no longer feed the animal that has fed off of him for so long.

    I almost want to take the song further and imagine that the black eyed dog seemed menacing or threatening to Drake but, in fact, was offering him peace in death, taking him home as a dog that was a friend would do. In some ways Drake and the black eyed dog are friends as they seem to know one another, the dog wanting more and Drake simply not having anything left to give. Perhaps their is a bizarre sort of friendship there in that they know each other so well.

    Such a dark, beautiful song.
    CaptainClaudiuson October 13, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThe Black Eyed Dog is depression. This analogy has been used by others in the past. Here, the dog is familiar to Drake as the singer has experienced recurrent episodes of depression in the past and is dreading its inevitable return. Drake had a depressive mentality and in this song seems to be experiencing angst over the thought of aging, death, and loss.
    mwahahaaon June 30, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think it's more about the helplessness and despair that comes with his depression and the treatment.
    cubbyjoon June 15, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Commentplease stop references as ''black dog'' (that's a song from zeppelin) here we are talking about a black EYED dog
    justnickon February 04, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe black dog sounds like the grim reaper!
    bibis817on October 30, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is about death, possibly suicide. very beautiful.
    DubC4Lifeon November 12, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIsn't the black eyed dog actually depression rather than suicide? We he sings "the black eyed dog he called at my door" is he refereing to the onset of depression? However i think "A black eyed dog he called for more" is possibly about suicide.

    Its a very moving song.
    WatkinGon January 08, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI feel that the black dog is meant to represent what Deepak Chopra refers to as the 'shadow energy' or the part of the soul which has remenants of pain and suffering experience which have not yet been dealt with. As a result these shadow energies produce negative beor through the individual. As an astute subject of depression i'd assume that Drake had many shadow energies resting upon his sholders..
    The specific difficulty he mentions in the song is his inability to cope with change and growth "I'm growing old and I wanna go home"
    beepstreetbiscuiton July 01, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOn the second Tanworth in Arden album, there is a great solo guitar version of Black Eyed Dog.
    HamiltonIncheson March 19, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe most common animal people see on their death beds or in death hallucinations is a grey or black dog.
    Cainiteon May 26, 2007   Link

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