"The Dogs of B.A." as written by and Mirah Yom Tov Zeitlyn....
I hung myself out on the line
Beneath an Argentina sky
And I expected there to dry
Beneath the Argentina sky
Upon the rooftop here so high
Beneath the Argentina sky
The storm did call me to its side
Beneath the Argentina sky

And the dogs of Buenos Aires they will take you from your sleep
Between the firecrackers cackling and the taxis in the street
And if you wake up lonely better throw some shoes upon those feet
To keep the heartbreak from taking your life

Once I had planned to be your bride
Before this Argentina sky
Now I just tend my wounded pride
Under this Argentina sky
Now I want the rain to fall into my eyes
From this Argentina sky
The thunder to match my anguished cries
Beneath this Argentina sky

I looked into the darkening and while the air did chill
I knew that though I'm here in exile that you should love me still
And when the rain began to pound I lifted up my face until
I was soaked with the ache of the sky

Ella hacía el lavado de una terraza,
Mientras el sol le quemaba la espalda,
Ella intentaba fregar el sudor de su desconsuelo,
Escurrir las lágrimas,
Pero antes que la tarea estuviera terminada,
La ropa todavía doliente en la soga,
Bajó desde el delta un viento poderoso
Why las nubes se cargaron a lo largo del cielo
¡Rápido, adentro, cerrad las ventanas, viene una tormenta!
Sacá tu ropa de la soga.

So many tears could make me blind
Beneath this Argentina sky
But still my love for you I can't deny
Even under Argentina's skies
I'll seek until a path to you I find
Under these Argentina skies
When will you take me back inside
From under Argentina's skies

I looked into the darkening and while the air did chill
I knew that though I'm here in exile that you should love me still
And when the rain began to pound I lifted up my face until
I was soaked with the ache of the sky
When will you take me back inside
From under these Argentine skies?


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"The Dogs of B.A." as written by Mirah Yom Tov Zeitlyn

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    General Commentdoes anyone know what this song is about?

    i absolutely love it.

    Pablo Neruda was exhiled in Argentina. Perhaps there is a correlation.
    cupcake5on May 25, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe song is pure beauty. It is absolutely sad, but still beautiful. I don't know what it can be about.. But there might a correlation to Pablo Neruda as cupcake5 said..
    I have no clue though.
    Anyone??
    Blume2134on January 08, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's music, sir, its music.
    triciaagogoon December 16, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHas anyone transcribed the part that is in spanish?
    SavesTheNighton March 22, 2008   Link
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    General Commentsavethenight, go to
    alwaysontherun (dot) net
    for the spanish part.

    :)
    zoolahon March 22, 2008   Link
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    General CommentHere is the part in Spanish:
    Ella hacía el lavado de una terraza,
    Mientras el sol le quemaba la espalda,
    Ella intentaba fregar el sudor de su desconsuelo,
    Escurrir las lágrimas,
    Pero antes que la tarea estuviera terminada,
    La ropa todavía doliente en la soga,
    Bajó desde el delta un viento poderoso
    Y las nubes se cargaron a lo largo del cielo
    ¡Rápido, adentro, cerrad las ventanas, viene una tormenta!
    Sacá tu ropa de la soga

    and here is what it means in English (I just found a translator):
    She was doing the wash of a patio,
    Meanwhile the sun was burning the back,
    She was trying to wash the perspiration of his grief,
    To drain the tears,
    But before the task it was finished,
    The still aching clothes in the cord,
    It lowered from the delta a powerful wind
    And the clouds were loaded along the sky
    Rapid, I penetrate, close the windows, a thunderstorm comes!
    Sacá your clothes of the cord
    miriamleamanon April 30, 2008   Link
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    General CommentJust a few minor changes to the meaning of the Spanish bit:

    "trying to wash the perspiration of his grief" is probably "her grief"
    "Rapid, I penetrate, close the windows, a thunderstorm comes!" Is more like.. "Rapidly! Inside! ..."
    and "Sacá your clothes of the cord" is "Take your clothes from the cord" (the line where you hang your clothes to dry).
    azurepaleskyon July 01, 2010   Link
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    General CommentMy impression has always been that this song is about the disappearings in South America (especially Argentina). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…
    If you aren't aware that this happened, there is a lot more to read about it, and to hear from those who actually went through it.
    demaizeon November 16, 2011   Link
  • -2
    General CommentThe Dogs of B.A. is pretty much the only decent song on C'mon Miracle. An album that is otherwise dominated by untalented hippie campfire music, pathetic love songs for feeble-minded heartbroken teenagers (the comments of the other users on the song “Don't Die In Me” are the perfect proof for this assertion) and depthless pseudo-dylanesque (I despise Bryan Ferry for that “album”) pleadings for peace (I’m talking about the flimsy “Jerusalem”) Don’t get me wrong, Mirah is not a bad singer songwriter. She’s just another mediocre indie chanteuse.
    StephenDaedaluson July 26, 2007   Link

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