Song Lyrics Poetry posted October 15, 2017


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Without Bud, we'll lighten our load.

Don't Let My Dog Be Left Behind

by Sis Cat

Hold on! Are we all in the car?
Let’s count before we drive too far.
Mom, Dad, where is my dog, Buddy?
At our last stop he had to pee.

You got to be out of your mind.
Don’t let my dog be left behind.

Mom, Dad, Bud’s the best dog I’ve had.
Without him I will feel so sad.
Can we turn this car around?
Get him before the sun goes down.

You got to be out of your mind.
Don’t let my dog be left behind.

Well, Son, we got to hit the road.
Without Bud, we’ll lighten our load.
This traffic is so heavy,
I’ll buy you a new puppy.

You got to be out of your mind.
I’ll let your dog be left behind.

Mom, Dad, Bud is chasing our car.
It’s great we didn’t drive too far.
He is racing up the road
ready to brighten my load.    

You got to be out of your mind.
Don’t let my dog be left behind.

No!

Go, Buddy, go, go, Buddy, go,
go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go.

stop the car and open the door.

Jump, Buddy, jump, jump, Buddy, jump,
jump, jump, jump, jump, jump, jump, jump, jump.
Bud jumped and landed with a thump.

Yeah, Buddy! Attaboy!
You are my pride and joy.

Rolf!
Rolf!  

Okay, Mom and Dad, let’s go!

You got to be out of your mind.
Don’t let your dog be left behind.

You got to be out of your mind.
Don’t let your dog be left behind.

You got to be out of your mind.
Don’t let your dog be left behind

Go, Buddy!
Go, go, Buddy!

 


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These lyrics were my finals at Songwriting w/Jim Bruno class at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley, California where he challenged students to write songs outside of their comfort zones. Instead of writing about race and violence in America, I wrote about a boy whose dog Buddy is accidentally left behind during a family road trip.

Chuck Berry's and Little Richard's rock 'n' roll inspired me. "Go, Buddy, go" echoes Berry's "Go, Johnny, go" from his song "Johnny B. Good." Rapper Eminem's vowel bending rhymes inspired me as well. When I sing "door," I drop the "r" at the end and say "doh" so that it rhymes with "go." Geoffrey Chaucer's "Canterbury Tales" inspired me to tell a story with a beginning, middle, end, conflict, twist, and high stakes.

The video is my first public performance of my song at the East Bay Coffee Company Open Mic in Pinole, California on October 19, 2017. I never know what a crowd of one hundred teenagers will do. They cheered, laughed, and chanted at unexpected places, but I rolled with them.

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