"Dog" as written by Ben Folds and Evan Scott Olson....
Well my dog wears a path on the same line
And lately I'm thinking I might take his advice
Yeah yeah

Cause he sees through the fence and he thinks I'm free
Well, my brain and his chain look the same to me

All alone with a cage and a headrest
There's a thing I could get off of my chest
Cause I
Want to wear the path that's true
And I
Want to wear the path with you

Out on the cold off the leash four years or more
I don't even know what it was I was waiting for

Well maybe I barked up the wrong tree
That was then, now I'm back
Won't you see me?

Cause I
Want to wear the path that's true
And I
Want to wear the path with you

Oh it's true

I used to be afraid of growing old
And hanging around the same old place
But I got older anyway
So won't you
So won't you
So won't you brush my fears away

My dog wears a path and that's a good sign
Cause my dog wears a path on the same line
(same line)
All alone in this cage with a headrest
There's a thing I should get off my off chest
(I could get off of my chest)
Buy a house, go to work in the same car
Feed the dog, put our teeth in the same jar

Want to tell you that I
Want to wear the path that's true
And I
Want to wear the path with you
And I
Want to wear the path that's true

Lyrics submitted by rodneylove

"Dog" as written by Evan Scott Olson Ben Folds

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    General CommentI think its about how he sees himself as a caged animal just like his dog. bound by society to live a certain way
    ninjacow7on June 08, 2004   Link
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    General Commentwhat does he say on the phone in this song?
    fish eat steelon June 12, 2004   Link
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    General Commentwhat is he saying on the phone?
    fish eat steelon June 12, 2004   Link
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    General Comment"r'ya there?"
    "whatcha doin."
    "you didnt even say hello.."
    "is that normally how you answer your phone?"
    "well there are a lot of ways to answer the phone. you could say "gristo--""
    "no, you just picked it up and didnt say anything, you go, "r'ya there?" "
    "im sorry."
    "what are ya doin?"
    "making a record."


    "you're a cumquat."
    "we're doin' vocal track. you're, you're all, all over it."
    "ooooh, great."

    i love this song. to me it is talking about how people impede themselves, whether in their brain or in society or however, like wearing a leash. but wearing it with the person you love/care about/whatever makes it not so bad.
    thegoodfireflyon May 24, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think this is the only Ben folds song I'll say this about, but I can't stand this one, really irritates me.
    fleaaaaaaon September 24, 2005   Link
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    General CommentWhat is this song i just typed in dog and found it?
    ihatemondayzon February 11, 2006   Link
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    General CommentMy dog used to do this. Walk the same way from the gate to the back door, until eventually he wore a path. And he'd peek through this little hole in the fence and watch people go by. I think its the most wonderful metaphor, about wanting to stay true to your heart when your brain is too busy trying to over-analyse everything. You should just go the way that is natural, like the dog does.
    viola has wingson March 20, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI never thought of it that way, viola, cool. but my idea was that the dog was chained to live on only the path that the owner (the narrator) wanted to. so at first, mr. narrator says that the dog is unfortunate, and his chaining echoes the narrator's own life being held on a leash by society.

    so then he throws off his chains and frees himself. but then he finds out he doesn't like the cold freedom away from society, so he gladly comes back, finding it much easier to live like a dog instead of thinking for himself and abandoning the standards he used to itch to throw off.

    the moral: it's much easier to take the path that's given to you. just like a dog.
    eleventyon February 22, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI don't think it's as much about being chained by society. I think it's about being afraid to give yourself to another person. He realizes that the "chain" that binds him to the person he loves isn't really a chain, and that he wants to stay and "wear the path" with her.
    colum1225on May 30, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI like this song; it's cute, offbeat, strangely catchy... I agree with colum1225's interpretation: he was scared for a long time to grow old and settle down and live a quiet life, but as he said in the song, he got older anyway. And now he realizes that he shouldn't have been afraid, and that a quiet, boring, traditional life wouldn't be so bad if he were living it with her.

    BTW, what's a cumquat?
    Archaia Sophiaon October 12, 2007   Link

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