"The Dead Dog" as written by and John Baldwin Gourley....
Yeah these people have it made
They got all the money, everything
They know it all so they got nothing else to know
Forget it all when they fly back from mexico

Like the wolves that had it made
They got food for years, mountains for days
Up the mountain gotta find what the sheep had found
Back to the den they find that the cubs had drowned

So why would we try
If we can wait
Just have ourselves a time
Free like the mind
It always waits
For friends to come around
So they'll get high
And higher still
And slowly fall behind
The warmth it came
In waves of pain
We really had ourselves a time
Yeah we had ourselves a time

If you find me at the dead dog
Boy I gotta warn you
These people they
They didn't try
They didn't try
And they lie and they lie and they lie
They lie
They lie

Still born still taking shape
It took ten of them, ten years, ten times
What it takes
Forget it all just shove all the poor in there
The hungry men swallowed all we fit in there

So why would we try
If we can wait
Just have ourselves a time
Free like the mind
It always waits
For friends to come around
So they'll get high
And higher still
And slowly fall behind
The warmth it came
In waves of pain
We really had ourselves a time
Yeah we had ourselves a time

If you find me at the dead dog
Boy I gotta warn you
These people they,
They didn't try
They didn't try
And they lie and they lie and they lie
They lie
They lie


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"The Dead Dog" as written by John Baldwin Gourley

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    My Interpretationdoes anybody else think this has anything to do with the dead dog ranch from Twin Peaks?
    coatcheckdreamsongon January 12, 2011   Link
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    My InterpretationI have no idea what this song is about, but if I had to interpret it, it might be a commentary on the struggle of the middle class to feel like celebrities, like the people who have it made and barely had to try, and then lie about what a wonderful life it is to be that way, when in reality life at 'The Dead Dog' is empty. Despite having 'food for years' if they live a different way, the middle class are on this eternal struggle taking them 'ten times what it takes' to pay for the lifestyle, fly to mexico to see what the mountains had to offer, only to come back and find everything worse than before (drowned cubs). Why would they try to break out of the system if they can numb the pain in small doses by 'having themselves a time' every weekend, getting drunk, high, etc. The warmth of brief respite comes in 'waves of pain' from of toiling away.
    Oh_Seriouslyon July 29, 2012   Link
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    General CommentI believe this song is about a bar called "The Dead Dog" and it's patrons (possibly of the lower class "...just shove all the poor in there"). Why would they try at anything if they can wait around having a good time (drinking with friends and such)?
    soonerpride420on November 20, 2013   Link
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    General CommentThe Dead Dog (also known at times as the Borealis Beach Club) was a strip club/dive bar/liquor store along the Parks Hwy in Wasilla, AK where several of the members of the band grew up. It was positioned in an area with little police activity and lots of drug activity. Some locals always wondered what went on behind those walls but most were kind of afraid to find out due to it's less than stellar reputation. As most things go, the Dead Dog was a fine establishment which in fact was visited by people of all socioeconomic levels.
    ricky10153on November 27, 2015   Link

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