My Dog Is Dead

from by The Cardboard City

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You told a lie when you told me that you’d never die
and now I’m just going to dress up all in black and cry
You are gone in the ground, and you smell really bad
I’ve got to ask my shrink if I am angry or mad
How come it’s always me who’s on the losing end?
My dog is dead; he was my only friend.

You told a story, it was boring, so I got up and left
But all that barking beat this silence where I wander bereft
You are gone, said the vet, ‘cause you drank gasoline
Didn’t I ever tell you what the word “toxic” means?
Oh my dog don’t leave me alone
I miss your wag and I miss your bone

You always licked my toes and nibbled my ear
You taught me how to smoke and bought me beer
You are gone; now I’ve gotta wait ‘til I’m twenty-one
It was a dog’s life, the dog’s dead, ain’t no fun
I’m panting in the sun and I’m up a tree
The spirit of my dog has suddenly possessed me!

Now all of my fun is over and through
I’m lying in the grass and I’m thinking of you
I’ll probably build a statue to your memory
I’ll tie a yellow ribbon ‘round the base of every tree
How come it’s always me who’s on the losing end?
My dog is dead; he was my only friend.


from Heavy Paper, released January 25, 2016




The Cardboard City Berlin, Germany

The Cardboard City are a Berlin group composed of Noel Bush, who writes and sings the songs and plays keyboard; Henrik Lafrenz, who plays the drums; Micha Bürgle on bass; and Niels Hoogendoorn on electric guitar (though he wasn't yet with the group when they recorded "Heavy Paper"). The group is working on a new album now, due out later in 2017. ... more

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