"Hair of the Dog" as written by Bonnie Dobson and Tim Rose....
Heartbreaker, soul shaker
I've been told about you
Steamroller, midnight shoulder
What they been saying' must be true

Red hot mama, down light charmer
Time's come to pay your dues

Now you're messin' with a
(A son of a bitch) now you're messin' with a son of a bitch
Now you're messin' with a
(A son of a bitch) now you're messin' with a son of a bitch

Talking jiving poison ivy
You ain't gonna cling to me
Man taker bone faker
I ain't so blind I can't see

Red-hot mama, down light charmer
Time's come to pay your dues

Now you're messin' with a
(A son of a bitch) now you're messin' with a son of a bitch
Now you're messin' with a
(A son of a bitch) now you're messin' with a son of a bitch

Now you're messin' with a
(A son of a bitch) now you're messin' with a son of a bitch
Now you're messin' with a
(A son of a bitch) now you're messin' with a son of a bitch

Now you're messin' with a
(A son of a bitch) now you're messin' with a son of a bitch
Now you're messin' with a
(A son of a bitch) now you're messin' with a son of a bitch

Now you're messin' with a
(A son of a bitch) now you're messin' with a son of a bitch
Now you're messin' with a
(A son of a bitch) now you're messin' with a son of a bitch

Now you're messin' with a
(A son of a bitch) now you're messin' with a son of a bitch
Now you're messin' with a
(A son of a bitch) now you're messin' with a son of a bitch

Now you're messin' with a
(A son of a bitch) now you're messin' with a son of a bitch
Now you're messin' with a
(A son of a bitch) now you're messin' with a son of a bitch

Now you're messin' with a
(A son of a bitch) now you're messin' with a son of a bitch


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"Hair of the Dog" as written by Darrell Sweet Dan Mccafferty

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    MemoryGreat song. Was lucky enough to see Nazareth in their prime in the '80s, and this song was a show highlight. Never really thought much about the words, but the past few years I have been enjoying satellite radio and the sound clarity is so good that I can actually understand what the words are. This song is one that took on a new meaning.

    My thought is similar to Lizardking1971's. The expression 'Hair of the Dog' refers to taking a sip of alcohol the morning after tying on a bender. The booze (in theory) helps smooth out the recovery from the hangover...I can say from my own experience that it doesn't work. This urban myth comes from an old wive's cure that a dog bite would heal better if clotted with dog hair. This song seems to refer to a very selfish woman who runs into her flip side. Not a pretty relationship, but maybe that will cure her ill behavior.;-)

    In any event, this song is always a crowd-pleaser and I always turn it up in the car. The sound effect is indeed a 'talk box' like both Frampton and Bon Jovi use, and the live version of this song includes Scottish bagpipes. Funny White Chedda mentioned AC/DC, because they also used bagpipes in 'Long Way To The Top', and the Yhoung brothers and Bon Scott ware from Scotland just like the guys in Nazareth.
    JayCeezyon March 13, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI love that this song talks about a girl who's kindof a tease and stuff and now apparently she's fallen for a guy who is just as bad as she is (hence the son of a bitch lines)... but yah I love this song
    Lizardking1971on December 14, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentdude, i love this song...i love the chorus i think it'd be like, the perfect fight song (except maybe "If You Want Blood (You Got It)" by AC/DC...) but ya does anyone know what those "Pipes" are? i think it'd be awesome to have those in a band they sound so cool, but i know they're definitely not bagpipes, dude...i think it's like some kinda tube they stick in your mouth but i dunno what it's called...
    White Cheddaon May 25, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe effect you're talking about is done with a talk box.
    Sleaze Diseaseon July 08, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHere's a little interesting tidbit. The term "Hair Of The Dog", is widely used in reference to being hungover and drinking more in order to stop the hangover. It is short for the phrase, "The hair of the dog that bit you". The dog=alcohol.
    vipergt196on May 31, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHahaa, Hair of the dog is simply "Son of a bitch" . This term was used because the record company thought the title would be overly offensive ( despite the lyrics repeatedly stating just that .. The band compromised offering "Heir " of the Dog ie "Son of a bitch" but the record company had the final say, The song has nothing to do with a hangover . There are also no bagpipes . The effect is a "talk box" as stated elsewhere, The lyric itself is simple . A girl who comes with a reputation meets a man who won't be messed with "son of a bitch" . It's a macho Fife anthem from a place where men traditionally were hard , and worked long shifts underground in the coal mines and refused to compromise on anything when they emerged to see the light of day.
    Serpentspeakson March 05, 2016   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHair of the dog was the first Nazareth album I bought. Went I saw them in concert they played this and it was amazing. I really had no idea that the weird sound about half way through the song was a bagpipe noise.
    It was so cool.
    bluebirdofpeaceon September 29, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthey're called bag pipes
    Levitator89on June 20, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentor a vocoder
    foffofon November 24, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHair of the dog hasn't got very many comments. That's odd.

    Great song!
    Pink_Floyd_fanon April 11, 2007   Link

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