A Dog's Life

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Words & Music: Sid Wayne/ Ben Weisman
If I had my life to live over
I know just what I'd like to be
A pampered pet of a rich brunette
Sitting on my mama's knee
Someone to love me
Someone to care
Rubberduck dubble little fingers through my hair
I need a dog's life
What a life, that's good enough for me

That's good enough for me
If I had a bone to be picking
A picking chicken or a steak
Curled up there in an easy chair
Man, that won't be hard to take
I'll always be faithful
That's what I'd be
Never bite a hand that feeds me, no siree
Just lead a dog's life
What a life
That's good enough for me
That's good enough for me

I'd find me a pink little poodle
And lose my noodle over her
I chase her 'round all over town
Just to ruffle up her fur
Nuzzle her muzzle
A hole in her paw
Greatest case of puppy lovin' you ever saw
It's called a dog's life
What a life
That's good enough for me
You heard me say it now
That's good enough for me
That's good enough for me
Recorded: 1965/07/27, first released on Paradise, Hawaiian Style


DerekH (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 5, 2020report abuse
Ive heard this recording on a tv in the Uk. Doesn't make it any batter. 1stat.
atomic powered poste (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 19, 2018report abuse
Wow, what an embarrassing Song.
trudygillenwater (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 7, 2015report abuse
I agree the lyrics are silly but my God, it's Elvis!
Cruiser621 (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 27, 2013report abuse
I would say this song is a blatant throw away if memory serves me correct from an almost overall same soundtrack. And they actual charge money for this?
sugartummy (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 22, 2013report abuse
In The Simpsons, Barney is in a helicopter with the pilote. The pilote says that Elvis once played an helicopterpilote, but wasn't very good at it. Then Barney says:"But he could sing though", which the pilote confirms. I think they were talking about the scene when Elvis sings A Dog's life. Elvis was supposed to bark like a dog in this song, but he refused to do so. I think the lyrics are pretty funny and the guitar & Elvis both sound good.
Gorse (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 26, 2012report abuse
Should not have been heard outside the confines of the film. Strangely my sons who will tolerate me playing Elvis tracks, really enjoyed the film sequence, whereas Jailhouse Rock leaves them unmoved.
ElvisSacramento (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 26, 2012report abuse
This is a song that Elvis "The King Of Rock 'N' Roll" should have refused to ever record. There's only a very few Elvis songs worse than this one. This is such a pathetic song.
Lpool kid (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 10, 2011report abuse
the only reason to like this is the outtake were elvis completely loses it.this song is the bottom of the barrel along with old macdonald.these two songs do more than most to destroy elvis's reputation as the greatest.surely parker could see that the golden goose was being damaged.being damaged would have meant less money when contract negotiations came around.1 star
Bestoftherest8301 (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 30, 2010report abuse
Of course there are great highs and lows for any artist. This may not be one of Elvis' best. But what about the Beatles: Revolution 9, Piggies, Wild Honey Pie and other classics like: I am the Walrus (classic lyrics, "sitting on a cornflake, yellow mother custard.. etc).
JER (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 3, 2010report abuse
The song was recorded in 1965, so we can't change anything. I will not complain. Still a guilty pleasure and outtake 8 hearing Elvis laugh at the song is priceless.
derekd (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 2, 2010report abuse
Now here's one that i've great control over using my cd player, just press skip.
shoesuedeblues (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 2, 2010report abuse
Someone mentioned that Elvis was having a laugh when he recorded this, I suppose he would be at a million dollars a movie plus.
Pedro Nuno (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 2, 2010report abuse
In the summer of 1965 The Beatles were playing The Shea Stadium and Elvis was playing this crap!
Jim Hoff (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 2, 2010report abuse
Amazing lyrics ;-)
Elvis Rimes (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 2, 2010report abuse
Elvis was laughing so much when trying to record this and with good reason. The questionable quality of the movie years material is debated very often on here and I am not going down that avenue again... In fairness, Elvis in great voice and the guitar work is very good. But even so...
Deano1 (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 2, 2010report abuse
A very silly and at times almost unbearable track from the 1966 movie and LP "Paradise, Hawaiian Style". There are times when a track is okay for the movie and remembering the scene makes the song more listenable when you hear it on an album. BUT, then there are times when the song and the movie situation is bad and such is the case of "A Dog's Life". Elvis actually gets into this song compared to most of the other tunes on this soundtrack, but it just fails to provide much entertainment. In my book, it isn't the worst movie tune ("Barefoot Ballad" from "Kissin Cousins" gets that nod), but Elvis is forced to sing this tune to a bunch of dogs in a helicopter in the movie (yeah a woman is there too). I liked when he sang to children in movies and therefore tunes like "Queenie Wahine's Papaya" and"Confidence" (from "Clambake"), I can take, but singing to dogs is going to far.
As far as the Beatles and the music scene of 1966, weren't they on the charts with such junk as "Yellow Submarine" and The Rolling Stones (they should not even be mentioned in the same breath as Elvis or the Beatles) would have an LP in 1967 called "Their Satanic Majesties Request". Stop to think of it, I will take Elvis singing to dogs over wearing devil horns or Ringo's warbling any day. Lyric correction: In the 3rd verse, it should be "Holdin' her paw", not "a hole in her paw".
dgirl (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 2, 2010report abuse
Elvis was recording this soundtrack summer of 65 when The Beatles came to visit. Think he played them the acetates? LOL.
Volker Stockel (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 20, 2009report abuse
great song with humor and it fits into the movie. Elvis has a great voice
Elvis Rimes (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 26, 2009report abuse
Great guitar, but... OH MY GOD! Elvis was actually in good voice but what can you do with material as bad as this?
Jerome (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 16, 2008report abuse
an insult to Elvis and Old Shep!..
Steve V (profilecontact) wrote on May 18, 2008report abuse
This is prob my least favorite Elvis soundtrack. Not sure Ive even played it since the 60's. At least Harum Scarum had a middle eatern flavor & Easy Come Easy Go tried to rock a bit. But this? Not one good song save for Sand Casltes which wasnt even in the movie. Please no more of these songs of the day.
JerryNodak (profilecontact) wrote on May 18, 2008report abuse
Elvis did dozens and dozens of GREAT songs. Why the HELL are we discussing this as a song of the day? It doesn't deserve the time. It's a piece of movie situation filler, fluff. Nothing more or less. And I'm being exceptionally kind and generous in describing it as such. Wasn't it inclucluded on that album of long ago entitled "Elvis' Greatest sh-t?"
NONE000000 (profilecontact) wrote on May 18, 2008report abuse
The thing to keep in mind when faced with an awful song like this is that perhaps Elvis had been convinced that his audience was young. Very young. That he was doing movies and music for families with young children--he was convinced that his place in show business, since leaving the army, was to entertain and be as wholesome as possible. (Surely this was Col Parker's plan all along)
For a serious music fan to listen to Elvis Presley sing this crap is difficult, knowing he'd set the world on fire a few years earlier and would do it again in 1968, but if you look at a lot of the movie songs--like Old MacDonald and I Love Only One Girl and Yoga Is As Yoga Does--as the kinda songs you might hear in a Disney movie, they are a little more tolerable.
Burninglove (profilecontact) wrote on May 18, 2008report abuse
Oh my God, what a waste of talent!! :-((
theoldscudder (profilecontact) wrote on May 18, 2008report abuse
A Dog's Turd would be more like it. This proved to me Elvis had no control over his career in the 60's while groups like The Beatles/Stones were reshaping music.
sitdown68 (profilecontact) wrote on May 18, 2008report abuse
It was still hard to listen to this one some twelve years later. I only bought the album because of the title track...Hawaii, USA...first heard it during a re-broadcast of the ALOHA...but being a completist back then I had to "swallow the toad", as we say over here...remember some of the outtakes of those session and I guess they bare witness of what the man thought about it, but what was the problem to say "hold it!"? Did he really like it that much? I shiver when I think what could have been recorded listening to all those additional bonus tracks from scattered tapes, which they added to each album...it wasn't to be.
bluesboy (profilecontact) wrote on May 18, 2008report abuse
If you thought Old MacDonald was bad, just take a listen to this one then. When the album where this masterpiece came from was released, I felt ashamed to be an Elvisfan.
Steve V (profilecontact) wrote on May 18, 2008report abuse
Doesnt deserve to be song of the day. Best forgotten. This made it hard to be an Elvis fan in the hip swinging mid-60's.
ElvisDayByDay (profilecontact) wrote on May 18, 2008report abuse
Just to ruffle up her fur, Nuzzle her muzzle, A hole in her paw ... I reallyt don't want to have an opinion on this one ...
old shep (profilecontact) wrote on May 18, 2008report abuse
A song that was every bit as bad as the movie it came from.
Lex (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 19, 2008report abuse
Another mediocre movie song, but the outtakes on the Silver box were outrageously funny!

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