"Master & A Hound" as written by and Gregory Alan Isakov....
Where were you when I was still kind
Just a water treader
Waiting on the line
Just a dry gin drinker

Master and a hound
Turned a circus swinger
Look, he's coming down...

Can you shake it up
Just once for me
Your little globe just so we can see
The snow blowing round your hands

And the wing-nut turned
The song that we both know
Sent us flying round the carnival
You can throw all your lucky coins on me

On me

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"Master & A Hound" as written by Gregory Alan Isakov


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    My InterpretationI think this song is about an abusive father, and this song is coming from his perspective.

    "Where were you when I was still kind" is pretty much him saying his son should have been around when he wasn't ill-tempered and grumpy.

    The dry gin drinker could also symbolize his alcoholism.

    But he still tries to be a good father and he recollects times from when he took his son to a circus, and the "Master and a hound" is him and his hound--his son-- who will do anything because he loves his father unconditionally.

    Then he asks his son to shake a snow globe, not exactly sure why, but maybe so he can try and bond with his son.

    And then they are back to the memories of the carnivals and how the carnival songs followed them as they "flew" around the carnival.

    The Lucky Coins could have two meanings in my opinion. The first is he wants his son to throw him some lucky coins so they can win prizes together, or it could generally be the idea of him asking him to give him money to go to rehab and be a better person.
    think0fmeon November 18, 2012   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningBeautiful song. "Where were you when I was still kind." Reminds me of when I was a child. Innocent and moldable. Carefree and kind. Looking up to a father for guidance.
    hdantmanon August 09, 2011   Link

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