"Essex Dogs" as written by Damon Albarn, Graham Coxon, Steven Alexander James and David Rowntree....
I remember thinking murder in the car
Watching dogs somersault
Through sprinkles on tiny laws
I remember the graffiti, we are your children
Coming in with spray cans of paint
I remember the sunset and the plains of cement
And the way the nights seems to turn the color
of orangeade

In this town cellular phones are hot with thieves
In this town we all go to terminal pubs
It helps us sweat out those angry bits of life
From this town the English Army grind
Their teeth to glass
You'll get kicked tonight
Smell of puke and piss
Smell of puke and piss on your stilettos

Here comes the panic attack
My heart stops then starts
Give me a drink
I'll drink your round
I'll take you round the pole
It's cold up here
You'll catch the flu or you'll catch the city
Either way, you'll catch the flu
Or you'll catch the city



Lyrics submitted by Demau Senae, edited by Obstacle3

"Essex Dogs" as written by Graham Leslie Coxon Damon Albarn

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  • +3
    General CommentAwesome lyrics. Awesome song. Very creepy. Reminds me of music that could be played in the basement scene of Silence of the Lambs.
    letmebeon May 06, 2003   Link
  • +3
    General CommentYeah, I really like this song, too. Very experimental for Blur -- it sounds a little bit Radiohead-ish
    Tabuckton April 27, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think it's fantastic, probably my favourite Blur song. Yeah, I agree it's very Radio-Headish. I assume "The Pole" mentioned in the last verse is some part of Essex
    Yer_Maon June 15, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General Commentthis is my current favorite song. ever. its so good.
    lyric correction though, isnt it "through sprinklers on tiny lawns"? why would dogs jump through SPRINKLES on tiny LAWS, that doesnt even make sense..
    velouria91on November 26, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is basically "f*** Britpop" to the coolest bass and drum vamp of the 90s. What they've championed for three albums is now an industrial, bland and completely boring nothing. I'd love to hear the unmixed jam session this came from.
    DaveyLowellon October 08, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI like the psychedilic prog experimental stuff. GJ Blur
    42ozon August 27, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's worth noting that Graham and Damon met at school in Essex and grew up there, and didn't like it much. I remember in an old interview one of them saying it was a 'nothing' place, where people live and work and die, or something like that (the flu(?)). Exciting people from essex tend to move to move to London (the city).

    blur once sparyed 'modern life is rubbish' on a wall, for a bit of a promo stunt.

    There's a Barracks in Colchester, right near the centre of town.

    The first line might be a reference to Martin Amis' London Fields.

    I could be talking utter yap though.
    brendan1on January 04, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti always thought he said 'in this town cellular phones are hot with *teens*' No?

    What's more important to me though are the lyrics sung after all of these. when the first tune ends and the there's another movement (around 7 minutes into it)
    i can make out some of them, but it's pretty hard. any help?
    patchrickon March 19, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHere comes the panic attack.... Essex will do that to you.
    rollingstonedmagazineon July 07, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNAME: It could simply mean, or partially mean; 'Essex Summers'. The song paints the picture of hot summer nights in Essex. The common phrase 'Dog Days' is listed in Websters English dictionary as: 1: The period between early July and early September when the hot sultry weather of summer usually occurs in the northern hemisphere 2: A period of stagnation or inactivity. Origin: from the heliacal rising of the Dog Star (Sirius)
    steve10947on April 29, 2014   Link

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