"Walking the Dog" as written by and Rufus Thomas....
Baby's back, dressed in black,
Silver buttons all down her back
High, low, tipsy toe,
She broke a needle and she can't sew

Walkin' the dog,
Just walkin' the dog
If you don't know how to do it,
I'll show you how to walk te dog

Asked a fellow for fifteen cents,
See the fellow he jumped the fence
Jumped so high he touched the sky,
Never got back till the fourth of July

Walkin' the dog,
Just walkin' the dog
If you don't know how to do it,
I'll show you how to walk the dog

Come on now, come on, come on

Mary, Mary, quite contrary
Tell me, how does your garden grow?
You got silver bells and you got cockleshells
Pretty maids all in a row

Walking the dog
Just a walkin' the dog
If you don't know how to do it
Show you how to walk the dog

Come on now, come on, come on
Oh oh, just a, just a, just a walkin'
Just a, just a, just a walkin'
Just a, just a, just a walkin'

Oh yeah, if you don't know how to do it
I'll show you how to walk the dog, oh

Just a, just a, just a, just a, just a, just a walkin'
Just a, just a, just a, just a, just a, just a walkin', oh


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"Walking the Dog" as written by Rufus Thomas

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    General CommentHeroin use, no question. That the Mouseketeers recorded it (because of it's use of nursery lyrics) was surreal.

    Aerosmith's pirated recordings of this were brilliant.
    thomcaton February 13, 2011   Link
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    QuestionThe original Stax recording, instead of "Mary Mary quite contrary ...", Rufus starts out the verse, "Tell me Mary, what's your twelve? ... Tell me, how does your garden grow? ..."

    Now, what does the question, "what's your twelve?" mean?

    I've heard "watch your six" means "watch your back" as 6 o'clock is behind you assuming you're facing 12 o'clock. Is Rufus essentially asking "where are you going?"

    I've searched for the expression, and it seems to only appear in the lyrics to this song.
    AhmedAR94on August 09, 2017   Link

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