"Call Me A Dog" as written by and Chris Cornell....
You call me a dog, well, that's fair enough
'Cause it ain't no use to pretend you're wrong

You call me out I can't hide anymore
I have no disguise you can see through

You say it's bad luck to have fallen for me
What can I do to make it good for you?

You wore me out like an old winter coat
Trying to be safe from the cold

But when it's my time
To throw the next stone
I call you beautiful
If I call at all
You call me dog

And you tell me I'm low 'cause I slept on the floor
And out in the watch with the badgers and wolves

You threw me out 'cause I went digging for gold
And I came home with a hand full of coal

But when it's my time
To throw the next stone
I call you beautiful if
I call at all
And when it's my time
To call your bluff
I call you beautiful or leave it alone

Yeah, you call me a dog
That's fair enough
It doesn't bother me as long as you know
The bad luck will follow you
If you keep me on a leash and you drag me along

But when it's my time
To throw the next stone
I call you beautiful
If I call at all

But when it's my time
To call your bluff, ooh
I call you beautiful
I'll leave it alone, yeah
You call me dog


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"Call Me a Dog" as written by Chris Cornell

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    General CommentI think two people are in a relationship and one person loves the other, but can't get over certain events in their past, ei..."You tell me I'm low 'cause I've slept on the floor". This person continues to berate the other and when "it's [his] time to call your bluff" for everything that she claims to be, he can't because he is so in love with every other aspect of her and can't bear to take her from the pedastal he's put her on.

    Chris Cornell has one of the, if not, greatest voices in rock.
    He writes killer lyrics too.
    scarlettdearon March 28, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIs it about a heroin dealer who sells heroin to a friend, and now they hate him because they're hooked:

    You say it's bad luck to have fallen for me
    What can I do to make it good for you?

    The vibe of the song is definitely you hate me, and I deserve it, but at the same time.. Too bad you.
    D_Psi4oron October 17, 2017   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOMG, WHy hasnt anyone commented on this song???? I love this song! I went to see audioslave last June In Cardiff, Wales, And Chris Cornell did a solo acoustic version of this song, and it was amazing! But no-one in the crowd had really heard of it, I dont think, and It was really quiet, Which sucked, cause Chris did it beautifully
    ed_vedder100on September 09, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOh yeah, and I think this song is about someone who loves someone who isnt returning their love, so they "call me a dog", but this person doesnt mind, because they know they arent perfect, but they arent going to give up on trying to get the other person return their unrequited love
    ed_vedder100on September 09, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"Well what can I *do* to make it good for you"
    "And I came home with a *hand* of coal"
    "*That* Bad luck will follow you"
    Topchrison December 04, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think it's about a couple when one person treats the other as low and complain about him all the time, but the other one doesn't care since he love her so much.
    ShadowOfThePaston December 08, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIf anyone's read George RR Martin's "Song of Ice & Fire" series, this song makes me think of Sandor Clegane, a bit.
    TheSilverNobleon February 13, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commented_vedder100, it was exactly the same when I saw them in Manchester. Strange. It's such a brilliant song too.
    Songmeaningsuseron June 17, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is just one of the most beautiful songs. its a shame to hear that it got no response at those audioslave concerts.

    Temple Of The Dog will sadly never get the recognition it deserves.
    JoNNieS Kon October 02, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think that the speaker in this has a lover who treats him like a lowlife; which is fair enough, because he considers himself a lowlife to a certain extent.

    However, he is saying that it is his turn for action. He, unlike her, is going to either commit fully and completely to the relationship or forget about it entirely. (I'll call you beautiful or leave it alone)
    Runningace18on February 23, 2007   Link

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