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Old Dog Blue

This song is by David Johansen and The Harry Smiths and appears on the album David Johansen and the Harry Smiths (2000).

I'm goin' back to where I come
I'm goin' back to where I come
I'm goin' back to Giles County
My wife died and left me a bounty
Way all them pretty girls ganged around
That's why I'm goin' to Giles County

Had an old dog and his name was Blue
You know Blue was mighty true
You know Blue was a good old dog
Blue treed a 'possum in a hollow log
You can know from that he's a good old dog

Blue treed a 'possum out on a limb
Blue looked at me and I looked at him
Grabbed that 'possum and put him in a sack
Don't move Blue till I get back

He rang, he rang here
He rang, he rang here
Who's been here since I been gone
Little bitty girl with the red dress on
Who's been here since I been gone
Little bitty girl with the red dress on

Old Blue's feet was big and round
Old Blue's feet was big and round
Never 'lowed a 'possum to touch the ground
Me and Blue went out on a hunt
Blue treed a 'possum in a hollow stump
You know Blue was a good old dog
Blue treed a 'possum in a hollow log
You can know from that he's a good old dog

But old Blue died and I dug his grave
I dug his grave with a silver spade
I let him down with a golden chain
And every link I called his name

Oh Blue you good dog you
Oh Blue you good dog you
Blue laid down and died like a man
Blue laid down and died like a man
Now he's treein' 'possums up in the promised land

I'm goin' to tell you this and let you know
Old Blue's gone where good dogs go
When I hear old Blue bark
When I hear old Blue bark
Blue's treed a 'possum in Noah's ark
Blue's treed a 'possum in Noah's ark