You can bring your dog
I got three
He can play the wolf for the evening
If you were to get lost behind these locks
Ain't that a good thing
Ain't that a good thing
Ain't that a good thing cause

I'm not makin' any promises
I'm not livin' to be the Mrs.
I'm not makin' any promises honey

But you still got that somethin' pretty boy
You still got that somethin' as a man
You still got that somethin'

Of this I know
Of this I know

That one fancies herself
as a black lab
I hear that your old flame
is a pure breed
Me? I guess you could say
I'm a Siamese

Ain't that a good thing
Ain't that a good thing
Ain't that a good thing cause

I'm not makin' any promises
You'll be too busy boy
to sue her for damages
I'm not makin' any promises

But you still that somethin' pretty boy
You still got that somethin' as a man
You still got that somethin'
Of this I know
Of this I know

You can bring your dog anytime
You can bring your dog
You can bring your dog
You can bring them all
You can bring your mom
Bring your dog
Baby Baby
Please now
Bring bring your love.


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    General Commentthis song is so cryptic, like a lot of Tori songs ^^
    i have no idea what the first verse is about.
    "i'm not livin' to be the mrs" obviously means, her purpose is not to find a man, shut up and settle down, but the guy is still attractive.
    The "dog" is obviously a metaphor for something, wild guess... i think it might mean someones "baggage/history/past/drama" i only think this because it says "i hear your old flame is a pure breed" and flame, is a bit of a dramatic/violent word and it says "you'll be too busy to sue her for damages"
    complete guess. could have a completely different meaning. it'd be intresting to see some other interpretations
    x
    Wunderkind92on August 03, 2007   Link
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    General CommentSee also Fiona Apple: "I opened my eyes / While you were kissing me once more than once / And you looked as sincere as a dog / Just as sincere as a dog does / When it's the food on your lips with which it's in love"

    Animal attraction, pure and simple -- though it's Tori's character this time that's doing the drooling even as she proclaims her independence, which independence we can have no reason to doubt by now.

    One of my favorites off ADP. It's just too funny, and when she does that "Me? I guess *you* could say" thing, my heart absolutely melts.
    raffishtenant2on October 29, 2007   Link
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    General CommentDog could be, and probably is, a metaphor for many, many things.
    I agree with you raffishtenant2, that it’s about animalistic attraction.

    More specifically, I think that by dog she means men, of which she has three. Men are often referred to as dogs, but perhaps she doesn’t mean it so cynically. Dogs are also very loyal and loving, so referring to a man as a dog isn’t necessarily a bad thing, though clearly one is predatory if he is a wolf. This particular man may be a wolf in that he is on the hunt for a woman (I’m assuming that is what she means) or that he is alone for the evening (the lone wolf. And all that).
    If you were to get lost behind these locks. Locks as in hair? That’s what it reminds me of, because my boyfriend often gets buried by my hair while we are making love, so she could mean this literally. Figuratively, hair can be a symbol of femininity and power also; he could be getting lost behind these qualities in her. She is outshining him or winning him over.
    As someone said, she is proclaiming her independence. She’s not making promises. She doesn’t want to be just a wife, she wants to be her own person. Yet she still can’t help being attracted to him and wanting to be with him despite her desire to be an independent woman.
    The black lab is obviously a woman who thinks very highly of herself, and must be quite arrogant.
    Being a Siamese makes her different from everyone else in the song, as the rest of them are dogs. She is saying that she’s different, unusual, something new and more appealing. Dogs often chase cats, so she has all of these men chasing her (including the pure breed).
    Though she’s not living to be a wife and she does enjoy the chase, she still wants to be loved, hence the last line.
    These are just my thoughts, but I think they sound plausible.

    Can anyone shed any light on the “You can bring your mom” part? Did Tori just throw that in there to be random? For humour? Or do you think it is actually significant to the song? I have no idea.
    ProfessionalWidowon February 15, 2008   Link
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    General Commenthm i thought the "you can bring your mum" part was like a challenge, like she's saying bring what you got! and for humorous reasons, i thought.
    luey_babyon October 30, 2008   Link
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    General CommentYou can bring your dog anytime
    You can bring your dog
    You can bring your dog
    You can bring them all
    You can bring your mom


    This is my absolute favorite part of the song! To me it means BRING IT ON...whatever you've got bring it on...i can take it!...even your mom!
    faeriesboxon April 12, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationThis song is classic floozy rock!

    I thought "You can bring your dog" was kind of a coy way of saying: Make yourself at home! Get comfortable at my place! I got anything you want, hence: I got three (dogs). Remember, this is the Santa character singing and she is all about flirting and seduction the old school way.

    And then she gets a little kinky towards the end with, "You can bring your mom."

    Finally, she kind of breaks down and admits that despite all her insistences that she's not looking for a mate, she begs, "Please now bring your love!" admitting that she is quite lonely.

    Bottom line is: it's catchy!
    bethharringtonon April 30, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThe "you can bring your mom" line always throws me - it could be a throw-away comment, or, a completely out on a limb suggestion, "son of a bitch" - ie. female dog being some kind of link?!
    alimayneon November 08, 2016   Link
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    My InterpretationTo me, this song was always about Trent Reznor.
    I do not know much about their relationship or what exactly happened between them. However I know they have addressed a couple of songs to each other (e.g. Nine Inch Nails' Fragile). Also, Trent has (used to have?) a dog that he brings with him everywhere.
    The line "you still got that something as a man" reassures me it's about him, as their 'affair' happened a long time ago.
    But let me say, whatever it is about, I just love this song!
    szilvi1021on January 17, 2017   Link

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