Another day is at end
Mama says she's tired again
No one can even begin to tell her
I hardly know what to say
But maybe it's better that way
If Papa were here I'm sure he'd tell her

Shannon is gone
I hope she's drifting out to sea
She always loved to swim away
Maybe she'll find an island
With a shaded tree
Just like the one in our backyard

Mama tries hard to pretend
That things will get better again
Somehow she's keepin' it all inside her
But finally the tears fill our eyes
And I know that somewhere tonight
She knows how much we really miss her

Shannon is gone
I hope she's drifting out to sea
She always loved to swim away
Maybe she'll find an island
With a shaded tree
Just like the one in our back yard ...
Just like the one in our back yard .....


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  • +2
    General CommentI was named after this song. Yup. Named after a dog. Sweet.
    shannyreon September 11, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is about the death of the pet dog that the singer had as a child. It describes the pain that all of us that have had pets have to ultimately deal with when we lose a best friend. Whether it's a human being or an animal, they can mean the world to us. It tears us up when you realize that they won't be coming back, and all you have is the memories.
    richieon March 05, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI was named after this song too.
    xx_sunshineon April 29, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentUmm....Richie, this song is about Carl Wilson's (of the Beach Boys) Irish Setter, not about Henry Gross' dog.
    kevwizon April 23, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOkay Kevwiz, but it doesn't change the meaning of the song. But thanks for letting me know that fact, did not know that.
    richieon June 20, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWell of course, sometimes the know-it-all takes control even tho I know so little, I should have mentioned you hit the meaning on the head too. Too bad he didnt have other hits, great song.
    kevwizon October 10, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat song! Definitley a tearjerker
    Matt44on December 30, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat I am named after someones dead dog. At least I am not alone. I see a few others named after this song
    ShannonNGAon June 16, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI didn't understand the song as a kid. I thought some cruel person (the Dad in the song?) had taken the dog and dumped her, and then made up some story for his family about her 'swimming away'. It always made me cry. I feel so much better now I know the real story behind it, about a much loved pet and dealing with the loss. Still sad, but in a happy-sad kind of way. The love you have for a pet as a child stays with you.
    louichanon December 20, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI hate this song-why anyone would write such a sad song and tune about a pet dog's death is beyond me. It's masochistic. Fuck everyone who ever had anything to do with this fucking song.
    Ralfloron February 07, 2011   Link

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