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I Love My Dog – (Song Lyric Sunday)

I’m going with Cat Stevens singing I Love My Dog – just because I love the simple irony …

Cat Stevens (real name Steven Demetre Georgiou) was just 17 when he wrote the song, 18 when it was released. In his early material, he often took a churlish view when it came to romantic love.

There was a real dog that inspired this song. Speaking with Mojo in 2000, Stevens said he found a dachshund (or as he called it, a “sausage dog”) tied to a post outside of Foyles bookshop in London when he was young. When nobody claimed the dog, he took it home and grew attached to it.This was Cat Stevens’ first single, and the song that earned him a record deal. After writing a few songs, he shopped for a record deal but had a hard time getting any interest until he sang “I Love My Dog” in February 1966 for a record producer named Mike Hurst, who loved it but couldn’t convince his boss of its merits. Stevens kept working at his father’s London restaurant while he waited for a break, but he couldn’t find any takers. Hurst took a job in America at Vanguard Records, but decided to record Stevens before he left. A few years earlier, Hurst was part of the folk-pop group The Springfields, which had a few hits in the UK during his tenure. He told Decca he would record a song called “Going Going Gone” that they could release as a single. When they agreed, he blasted through “Going Going Gone,” then used most of the session to record Stevens on “I Love My Dog.”

“I Love My Dog” reached #28 in the UK, which was pretty good for a first single. His next single, “Matthew And Son,” was the payday, reaching #2 (behind “I’m A Believer” by The Monkees).

Source: Song Facts

I love my dog as much as I love you
But you may fade, my dog will always come through

All he asks from me is the food to give him strength
All he ever needs is love and that he knows he’ll get

So, I love my dog as much as I love you
But you may fade, my dog will always come through

All the pay I need comes a-shinin’ through his eyes
I don’t need no cold water to make me realize that

I love my dog as much as I love you
But you may fade, my dog will always come through

Na, na, na, na, na, na, nana
Na, na, na, na, na, na, nana

I love my dog as much as I love you
But you may fade, my dog will always come through

Na, na, na, na, na, na, nana
Na, na, na, na, na, na, nana

I love my dog, baby, I love my dog
Na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na
I said, I love my dog, baby, I love my dog
Baby, I love my dog

Source: LyricFind

Songwriters: Yusuf Islam

I Love My Dog lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

Post inspired by Jim’s Song Lyric Sunday Prompt – This week we have the prompts; Bird/Cat/Dog/Fish/Pet. Click through for the rules if you too would like to join in …

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