a rifle sits behind her sleeping ear
an echo on the cold wall closest neighbor couldn't hear
we dug a hole in the fall
so now its a frozen burial
and she's gone
just before the new year

well i'm gonna build a cross for the spot between the trees
and stick it in firm so it won't sway in their breeze
well you and i have trouble making up our half-assed minds
but she'd seen 16 years of our kind
and what's it like when your memories start to freeze

oh and i wonder what it is about dogs and thunder
what they hear coming over the fields
backhouse shelter, warm nights in the summer
shaking the ground that you lie under
well i know you're not here but at least you don't feel it anymore

and i came to see you on the day that it happened
you said hey sorry Sarah but i gotta go
and i was trying to read some subtle reaction
it's something you just can't show
so i guess it's time i go

across the snowy barnyard just past the driving shed
a shadow of me in the moon
well i was in a movie in my head
this pile of dirt on the ground
will sink when nobody is around
and winter covers everything but everything's not dead

oh and i wonder what it is about dogs and thunder
what they hear coming over the fields
backhouse shelter warm nights in the summer
shaking the ground that you lie under
well i know you're not here but at least you don't feel it anymore
well i know you're not here but at least you don't feel it anymore
well i know you're not here but at least you don't feel it anymore

Lyrics submitted by glytter_girl

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    General Commenti know i'm misinterpreting this song, but there's meaning in misreadings as well:

    for me, this song unleashed a torrent of emotion when i was recovering from sexual assault. the lines "at least you don't feel/fear it anymore" unlocked something in me and made it possible for me to begin to move on, to deal with my pain.

    i told sarah this after a show once, and she told me that she loved hearing about when people find things in her songs that she didn't even know she'd put there, gave me a long hug, and then told me that the song was indeed about her dog, Shadow, who died when she was young, but that the loss and grieving and reconciliation were definitely the themes of the song.

    i'm really glad i got to have that conversation with the artist herself, but no matter what, i'm glad i got to read the song my way, even if i knew it was "wrong" because of how much it literally changed the course of my life.
    jeisenbeon December 21, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI heard this song for the first time at a small show at Poor David's Pub Dallas. The audience was pretty quiet. I don't think Sarah could see with the stage lights how much we loved her music. She looked slightly uncomfortable. When she finished her set the applause was fierce. Those that were not familiar with her music, or had only heard her hit Basement Apt. walked away from that show big Sarah fans. This song was such a gift to those of us that had memorized her CD. I had to find it online and download it since it has not to my knowledge been released....if the lyrics are wrong forgive me.
    glytter_girlon April 20, 2002   Link
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    General Commentglytter girl -- the first time i heard this was also in concert! i knew (and had memorised and was obsessed with!) a bunch of her songs when i went but i was pleased to discover a few new ones, like dogs and thunder. this song actually has been released, but from when she was the lead singer for her old band weeping tile. she has a bunch of great song from her weeping tile days (westray, in the road) but they're often overlooked and can be hard to find. good luck!
    lauren4077on July 04, 2002   Link
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    General Commentglytter_girl> It's actually a Weeping Tile song (Sarah's former band). It was released under that name a few times. Definitely check them out. Awesome stuff.
    geekusaon April 17, 2003   Link
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    General CommentSo, what I wonder about this song is who dies? It is a 16-year-old person who commits suicide? Or is a 16-year old dog? If it's her dog, it seems that she's the one who shoots it... intentionally perhaps because it was suffering? Then she goes to talk to her ex who owned the dog with her, but he doesn't care nor take the time to talk to her. The death of the dog causes her to reminisce on the days when she was happy with her ex and the dog was alive and healthy.

    Does anyone actually know?
    laluz33on February 15, 2006   Link
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    General CommentAlso, apparently the main character, Stephen, of James Joyce's _Ulysses_ was afraid of dogs and thunder. I've never read the book, but perhaps someone who has would be able to make a connection there. The words "dogs and thunder" are such a unique combination that the similarity is hard to go unnoticed.
    laluz33on February 15, 2006   Link
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    General Commentlaluz33 - I think it's about a dog, because they "dug a hole in fall" but "she's gone just before the new year" (a few months apart) so they probably knew the dog would have to be put down in the near future.

    However, I don't think it necessarily has to be a dog because of the chorus, since dogs run and hide when it thunders, I think it's just an interesting reflection on something that happens. Maybe her mind just wanders.
    la-la-laurenon July 10, 2006   Link
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    General Commentlaluz33 - and I don't agree about Stephen's fears of dogs and thunder, because the song is definitely about wondering why dogs run when it thunders... why else would the chorus talk about what dogs hear?
    la-la-laurenon July 10, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti find evidence of the song being about a dog there;

    it wouldnt be about a suicide because the gun mentioned it a riffle and that would be highly unlikely to use that type of gun.
    And a riffle would be most likely be the type of gun to kill a dog since most people who live in an area where shooting the dog would be accepted would be a rural setting.

    plus she refers to it as not our kind when she says "she'd seen 16 years of our kind"
    bre2on November 09, 2010   Link

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