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Ralph Mctell- Old Brown Dog

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Uploaded on Jul 17, 2010

Ralph Mctell

Album: You Well Meaning Brought Me Here

Song: Old Brown Dog


That old brown dog sleeps in the rain,

Unless the sun has shone.

That old brown dog is all alone,

Since Old Bill been gone.

And sleeping in the rain

Only gives a dog a bad name.

If Bill were alive

Well I know he would decide

To have the same thing done.


That old brown dog he smells so bad,

Say the people from the town

That old brown dog is almost lame,

Someone should put him down.

It would be an act of kindness,

You know it's for the best.

You bring a rope, bring a gun,

And it'll all be over

Before the dog can guess.


Could an old brown dog have become wise

Guessed they were all after him.

His hearing was failing, and his eyes

Were fast growing dim.

On the day they came to kill him

He sensed a rabbit on a log.

Did anybody see a rabbit

Chased across the meadows

By an old brown dog.


That old brown dog, tail wagging,

As he laid himself down.

It did not seam to matter,

That the rabbit had long gone to ground.

And there in the summer heat

His old heart ceased to beat.

And high above the meadow

The skylarks singing

As the spark went out.

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