"Straw Dogs" as written by Jake Burns and Gordon Archer Ogilvie....
All things are relative with cousins everywhere
Hard-nosed blue-eyed boys, intelligent and fair
You gotta pitch in for your kids and kin
Holding the line to save our skin
Pound for pound, we'll take the shilling
It takes a man to make a killing
Action men must sterling be
Fight for freedom but not for free

Bark and bite, might is right
We're the dogs of war
Bark and bite, might is right
If the price is right
Dogs of straw, dogs of straw

So let's go far to the new frontier
It's in the blood defending near and dear
Action men must sterling be
Fight for freedom but not for free

Bark and bite, might is right
We're the dogs of war
Bark and bite, might is right
If the price is right
Dogs of straw, dogs of straw

A man must do what he must do
To prove what life is all about
Admit you must admire our guts
If only 'cause they're hanging out

Bark and bite, might is right
We're the dogs of war
Bark and bite, might is right
If the price is right
Dogs of straw

Dogs of straw, bark and bite
Dogs of straw, might is right
Dogs of straw, stab and hate
Dogs of straw, split and rape
Dogs of straw, gouge and blind
Dogs of straw, crunch and grind
Dogs of straw, mash and maim
Dogs of straw, cash and fame
Dogs of straw, stab and hate
Dogs of straw, split and rape
Dogs of straw, cut and kill
Dogs of straw, guts for sale


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"Straw Dogs" as written by Gordon Ogilvie Jake Burns

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    General CommentSad to see I'm the only one to comment on this song. :( I'll make it a long comment then.
    Great punk song, inspired by the Northern Ireland struggles (fellow NI punks the Undertones accused SLF of 'selling' the conflict). Possibly referencing both 'Straw Dogs', a banned film starring Dustin Hoffman, and 'Dogs Of War' by Frederick Forsyth and of course T.S. Eliot's the Hollow Men, which was quoted in 'Apocalypse Now' (all of these came out around the time the song was made):

    "We are the hollow men
    We are the stuffed men
    Leaning together
    Headpiece filled with straw."

    All in all, a many-pronged attack on the British Army, equating them with a Nazi Army of Aryan ideals ('hard-nosed blue-eyed boys'), and with a animal's morality and straw - therefore with not the justification of a warrior to kill but that of a flimsy -straw - animal.
    The lyrics are mostly ironic until the fast-paced finale following the final chorus. The usage of 'cousins' and 'kin' reference the fact that the British soldiers in fact had no relation among the Northern Irish and no place being there (in their opinion), with therefore nothing to fight for.
    'Pound for pound we'll take the shilling' means that the soldiers will not fight on equal terms with their enemy - further building the image of them being dogs of 'straw'. Many of the lines in this song are dialectic, the SLF picking up on the contradictions in the British cause ...

    'fight for freedom ... but not for free'
    'might is right ... if the price is right'
    'admit you must admire our guts ... if only cos they're hanging out'

    The song is comparable to their song 'Tin Soldiers', equally vocal in its admiration for the British Army's efforts in Northern Ireland. All in all, one of their best, with a strong hook, musically and lyrically.
    sammy_mendelon March 28, 2006   Link
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    General CommentSLF often use irony or sarcasm to express their views. they look at the oppposing views and use them as a way of saying "this bullshit actually happens". eg. straw dogs, fly the flag, white noise and Beirut moon.
    stifflittlefingerson May 30, 2006   Link

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