Be Your Own Dog

from by Neil McSweeney

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This song was inspired by a childhood trip to the Culloden battlefield in Scotland and the historical events subsequent to the Jacobite defeat there. However, the title comes from a record by Belgian band dEUS.

lyrics

There was a man named McArthur
Stood with Charlie in the ‘45
Now he’s in the hereafter
But if he’d made it out of there alive
He’d say “Be your own dog
Break your own ground
There must be enough to go round
Happier still wander at will
Keep moving and never be bound
By the road most easily found”
Well old McArthur had a daughter
And that daughter well she had a son
And they sailed across the water
To where a new world had begun
Singing “Be your own dog
Break your own ground
There must be enough to go round
Happier still wander at will
Keep moving and never be bound
By the road most easily found”
I’ve been sitting by this river
Watching the rain come rolling in
I’m reminded of McArthur
Why take shelter when you can dive in for a swim.

credits

from Cargo, released October 28, 2013
Mick Harding: drums
Sam Sweeney: bass
Jock Tyldesley: banjo
Lucy Farrell: backing vocals and fiddle
Neil McSweeney: guitar and vocals

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