If dogs run free, then why not we
Across the swooping plain?
My ears hear a symphony
Of two mules, trains and rain
The best is always yet to come
That's what they explain to me
Just do your thing, you'll be king
If dogs run free

If dogs run free, why not me
Across the swamp of time?
My mind weaves a symphony
And tapestry of rhyme
Oh, winds which rush my tale to thee
So it may flow and be
To each his own, it's all unknown
If dogs run free

If dogs run free, then what must be
Must be, and that is all
True love can make a blade of grass
Stand up straight and tall
In harmony with the cosmic sea
True love needs no company
It can cure the soul, it can make it whole
If dogs run free

Lyrics submitted by Philadelphia Eagles

"If Dogs Run Free" as written by Bob Dylan


Lyrics powered by LyricFind

If Dogs Run Free song meanings
Add your thoughts


sort form View by:
  • +3
    General CommentThis song fully captures the metaphoric and literal dog to which Dylan is referring. The music bubbly, the vocals stream of mind. He's asking why can't we be free like dogs that run, or nature in general? Nature does not rush or worry, it simply is. Time is as finite for a dog, as it is for man. So run free.
    newmaniumon August 08, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat song. Very jazzy; makes me think of the Beat Generation. In a movie about Jack Kerouac or a film adaptation of On The Road or The Dharma Bums, this would be a good song to run during the opening credits. Love the woman in the background.
    TheThornBirdson July 20, 2009   Link
  • -1
    General Commentbut they can't :p they are all in a leash or a handbag even.
    fjordingon October 09, 2008   Link
  • -3
    General CommentIf Dogs can enjoy free sex whenever, then why not people?
    RobDillonon January 23, 2006   Link

Add your thoughts

Log in now to tell us what you think this song means.

Don’t have an account? Create an account with SongMeanings to post comments, submit lyrics, and more. It’s super easy, we promise!

Back to top