My father was run out of this town, a coward and a drunk. And my mother tried desperately to clear the name for me. Even in death that guy still makes a mess of our lives. That's how I found you. Angel at your bedside, kneeling down in front of Mary, with scary eyes. Kill myself for your vision, for an honest opinion. For what my mother wanted, what my mother wanted for me. Even in death that guy still makes a mess of our lives. That's how I found you. Lately I've been thinking doing some real serious thinking about the space between [something] a shaggy dog shames its owner, see.


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    General Commentwonderful song!
    fish eat steelon May 29, 2004   Link
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    General CommentMy father was run out of this town. A coward and a drunk. My mother tried desperately to clear the name of me. Even in death that guy still makes a mess of our lives. That's how I found you with an angel at your bedside kneeling down in front of Mary with scary eyes. I killed myself for your vision; for your honest opinion; for what my mother wanted for me. Lately I've been doing some real serious thinking about the space between my lineage and passing. If you beat on a shaggy dog, it shames its owner, you see? When it is gone it will always belong in your heart if you can open up that wide. They all have lessons for you. My dear, how the time has passed us by. I never wanted to leave here. Ever.
    battaryacidon December 12, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthose are the right words from ben himself, see cloak and dagger media dot com
    battaryacidon December 12, 2005   Link
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    General Comment"This song is about my dad.
    'Shaggy Dog' was the first song KOLS ever did as a band. I got a band together because Braid and The Get Up Kids offered me a spot on a few shows. I was so psyched that I fliered everywhere. The Portland show ended up selling-out. It was our first show.
    'Shaggy Dog' is kind of a spaghetti-western. My dad is not dead, but I haven’t spoken to him in 11 years. He was the drunken father who’d say, 'How dare you read and get smarter than me!' There was a cycle of violence and praying and knowing that if I just closed my eyes tight enough, it all might go away. When I wrote it, I remember thinking about how the pain I felt when I was 12 was so different from my pain at 22."
    charcoalsketchon July 24, 2006   Link

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