"Walking the Dog" as written by and Nathaniel Joseph/dost Ruess....
Walking alone 'cause the night is dead
Crossed my mind when I crossed the bridge

How you lost your mind and your wrist got bruised
And you wanted better love when it's sleeping in your bedroom
Hold on, stay on my side, don't go

If you could see me whoever I am, it's not like a movie but it's not all skin and bones
So come on love(come on, come on, come all and go)

Nah nah nah nah nah nah nah I will not let you go

Now I'm walking alone 'cause the night is dead
My feet don't glide like they did back then
When I would call you up so we could shoot the moon
These days I'm left to howl in toon

Hearts do break and I must admit, I've got a better set of chords so I might've been fakin??? it
Think I really cried just once so

If you could see me whoever I am, it's not like a movie but it's not all skin and bones
So come on love(come on, come on, come all and go)

Nah nah nah nah nah nah nah I will not let you go
Nah nah nah nah nah nah nah I will not let you go

After all the shows, after the boys of summer will go
Amid all the confusion
These friends I've been losin???
I always thought from the start
I'd be the one moving on
I guess I'll never know
Where all the boys of summer will go
But I'll miss what we made
All those days were not wasted
There are some things I may never know

How you lost your mind and your wrist got bruised
And you wanted better love when it's sleeping in your bedroom
Hold on, stay on my side, don't go

If you could see me whoever I am, it's not like a movie but it's not all skin and bones
So come on love(come on, come on, come all and go)

Nah nah nah nah nah nah nah I will not let you go

If you could see me whoever I am, it's not like a movie but it's not all skin and bones
So come on love(come on, come on, come all and go)

Nah nah nah nah nah nah nah I will not let you go
Nah nah nah nah nah nah nah I will not let you go

(Walking alone 'cause the night is dead)
If you could see me whoever I am,
(Crossed my mind when I crossed the bridge)
It's not like a movie but it's not all skin and bones
(Walking alone 'cause the night is dead)
So come on love(come on, come on, come all and go)
(Nah nah nah nah nah nah nah I will not let you go)


Lyrics submitted by SomthinCorporat, edited by Mellow_Harsher, bandmaster

"Walking the Dog" as written by Jack Antonoff Andrew Dost

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  • +3
    General CommentAn absolutely beautiful song. While I wish Nate would stop writing about this girl, it's nice to see that he's now writing about being over her. He's basically saying he still loves her, he won't let go of the memories they had, and life isn't as good as it was when they were together. But even with all that, he's ready to move on. Anybody who's ever lost a great love can relate to the feeling.

    Hearts do break
    and I must admit,
    I got a better set of chords
    so I might have been faking it.
    Think I might have only cried just once.

    This verse is crushingly beautiful
    krikitarmyon July 15, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt reminds me of a "dead end song" the format had.. when "she breaks for the summer, so she can find lovers." and the whole "boys of summer" kind of intertwines. or maybe "boys of summer" is alluding to don henley.. or maybe nothing at all.
    frumstickon September 26, 2009   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationAlthough possibly false, It's my interpretation that this song is about a girl he has a an incredible crush on / cares for / loves but (FOR WHATEVER REASON) she doesn't know him or that he even exists. You'll see what I mean, it's all in the chorus

    "If you could see me whoever I am, it's not like a movie but it's not all skin and bones
    So come on love(come on, come on, come all and go)

    Nah nah nah nah nah nah nah I will not let you go"

    Anyway personally thinking about the sings mean in this way made me love it more than the general consensus of it being actually about not being able to let go of an old girlfriend/bad break up.

    Thanks for reading
    iSupremacyon July 07, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti wonder if nate wrote this or if jack did...? while the self-abuse recalls the format's "time bomb" the line "how you wanted better love" calls to mind "better love" by steel train. then again, maybe it's a beautiful combination of both guys' work, just like the band!
    hromon July 17, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love this song so much. i can't wait till august 25th. aim and ignite will not disappoint!
    phageson July 18, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSo I'm confused. fun.'s myspace says "I found a verse and a chorus", but it doesn't sound like he's singing that at all. It sounds like what krikitarmy said, "I've got a better set of cords." It makes more sense anyway, plus verse would have to be two syllables if those were correct.

    I dunno though. Maybe they felt lazy, assumed these lyrics were right, and copy/pasted this to their lyrics on myspace. Haha.
    MunkeyNerdon July 24, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgod....
    I LOVE FUN.
    GabrielLee215on November 12, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI take as though he thought he would be the one moving on but he was actually wrong. He actually got hurt and she broke his heart(Think I might have only cried just once.)I love this band and i think it's ironic there music is so happy but the lyrics are usually kinda sad :/

    This part reminds me of myself kinda...

    After all the shows,
    after all the boys of summer had gone,
    amid all the confusion
    and friends I've been losing
    I always thought from the start
    I'd be the one moving on.
    I guess I'll never know
    Where all the boys of summer will go
    but I'll miss what we made
    and the days were not wasted.
    There are some things I may never know.
    jessi333on August 02, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe music video for this song is so freakin great. I read in an interview with Nate that the first line of the song was originally "walking the dog 'cause the cat is dead". Ha!
    musicislife11on December 31, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song was awesome live!
    paisleywickeron June 29, 2011   Link

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