"Barking Dog" as written by and Josh Carter Eric Frederic....
Head on the bathroom floor
Tackling in my demon voice
Millions of years go by
Memories of peace and love
Killing to reconstruct
And what will the label do?
Hurt people hurt people too

I'm sorry for what I've done

Head on the bathroom floor
Tackling in your demon voice
Millions of years go by
Memories of peace and love
Talking to the barking dog
Never mind the barking dog
Never mind the barking dog
Millions of years go by

Head on the bathroom floor
Tackling in your demon voice
Millions of years go by
Memories of peace and love

I'm sorry for what I've done
And hurt people hurt people too
Hurt people hurt people too
Never mind the walking dog
Never mind the walking dog
Never mind the walking dog


Lyrics submitted by DownNtheDumps

"Barking Dog" as written by Josh Carter Eric Frederic

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    My InterpretationI think it's pretty obvious this song is about suicide. It couldn't be more apparent. But I feel this song is more about the process of doing it and nearing the end of it all when you're finally gone from this world. These are just my thoughts on one of my favorite Phantogram songs so bare with me lol

    "Head on the bathroom floor
    Talking in my demon voice"

    To me this is as literal as it is metaphoric. Usually when you opt to commit suicide you want to be alone. One of the first places that comes to mind is a bathroom. Talking in my demon voice makes me think of the Christian belief that if you commit suicide you go to hell where the demons are. I'm not religious in any shape or form but that's what springs to mind.

    "Millions of years go by
    Memories of peace and love"

    When you die people say that your whole life flashes before your eyes. You remember all the amazing and beautiful things in your life. I believe that is what's happening here. Except it seems to be "millions of years" going by, the individual is probably reliving their memories as slowly as possible to enjoy them one last time.

    "Killing to reconstruct
    And what would the label do?
    Hurt people hurt people too

    I'm sorry for what I've done"

    Killing to reconstruct makes me feel like the person is committing suicide because he or she may think that they are a burden on their loved ones. Killing themselves will eventually reconstruct the broken things in their loved ones' lives that this person believed he or she caused. They would then be labeled by many
    as selfish, uncaring, etc. Labels hurt people. They are sorry for any bad that they've done in the past and want to make up for it.

    "Talking to the barking dog
    Never mind the barking dog
    No, never mind the barking dog
    Never mind the barking dog"

    Barking dog to me screams hell-hound. The hell-hound, or barking dog, has come for them because that's likely where they are headed, and they know it. They know it's coming and nothing will stop it, so they give it no mind. As if they're accepting it.

    "I'm sorry for what I've done
    And hurt people hurt people too
    Hurt people hurt people too
    Never mind the barking dog
    No, never mind the barking dog
    Never mind the barking dog
    Never mind the barking dog"

    This is once again the person apologizing. Except this time they may realize this decision could hurt their loved ones more than help them. Their decision is irreversible, and they cannot take it back. They slowly start to lose consciousness
    and eventually pass away.
    DownNtheDumpson November 10, 2016   Link

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