I Got a Bulldog

I’ll admit, I put this whole video together just to have an excuse to share this song with you. There’s a freckle for those of you who like my freckles. There’s a little poop humor for those of you who like pooping. And there’s the song, which is both about a bulldog (so you know I love it) and it seems to be a variation of the “Take this Hammer” variation of “John Henry” which I like to get drunk and blog about.

So, all kinds of lighthearted fun.

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20 thoughts on “I Got a Bulldog

  1. Argh! I about choked on cuteness! Goody is adorable. I’m going to try to talk the Professor into letting me film when she comes over because all of my videos so far have been of Mrs. Wigglebottom being good. I ought to let you see how she’s bad and whenever the Professor comes over, Mrs. Wigglebottom thinks it’s some kind of liscence for misbehavior.RB, isn’t it funny? Her run cracks me up.

  2. Wow. I guess I had never seen a "pit bull" run. They are adorable when they are being all loving and playful, but I’d be scared shitless if she was hauling ass toward me with intent. (Which would be good, since she seems to be easily distracted by poop on the ground.)Love the song.

  3. My goal is to some day tape the elusive frog scramble she does, where she gets down even lower than that and kind of scoots from side to side and makes this kind of snorty noise.Anyway, this is purely (at least for her) a playful run. It’s quick but not particularly accurate. When she wants to go after something, she’s more upright and her tail is straight out in back, not tucked up under.

  4. Goody runs the same way, his favorite game with other dogs is keep-away.I just don’t get the "I’m afraid of a pit bull…" I dunno, they’re faces are so cute, round ears, big round eyes, what’s not to love in a pit bull…here, I’ll list some dogs that have scariness wired into their physical features: 1. Dobermans 2. German Shepards ok, I can’t think of any other scary dogs, simply by physical attributes – it’s the pointy snout and pointy ears that do it for me.Doberman side note: got bit by one! yea! so fun too! the friend of the owner said, it’s your BIKE that frightened her! …that’s right, SHAME on me for scaring the 100+ pound doberman by being on the public sidewalk with my bike (remember when everyone had a doberman?? In the late 70s, I remember it was like all the dork guys who wanted to appear tough were getting dobermans, and how there were waves of stories of dobermans biting people, eating babies, the like…so "today" it’s pitbulls…)German Shepard side note: the neighbors dogs – 2 actually – who totally flip the fuck out INSIDE THEIR HOUSES while Goody and I walk by because they can hear his tags jingle-jangle – one of them has charged myself and Goody, her name is Jasmine, oh so sweet Jasime – right! Her owner is even afraid of her, who yells "JUST KEEP WALKING"and NO NO NO, I didn’t mean to steer this in the direction of yet another pitbull hating/loving discussion, really, I didn’t. Aunt B. please forgive me!

  5. Great song. I love it.BTW, what does Mrs. Wigglebottom keep chewing on because if it was Mabel, it would be poop. We do not condone this but it is her way.

  6. I do not condone the poop eating either! Yuck. But if you look closely, you’ll see that she’s eating grass. Mrs. Wigglebottom loves a little salad with her supper, I guess. I don’t know. She’s always munching on grass.Our old dog would only eat grass when his stomach was upset, but Mrs. W. eats it like it’s going out of style.

  7. Wacky puppy with a whippy tail! Still laughing! Love the whippy tail! (My sister’s dog does that tuck-and-run thing when she’s wacky. We get her in our big ol’ yard and shout "Run, puppy, run! Run, puppy, run!" and she tucks her butt under herself and just TEARS around in circles until she wears herself out. We’re cruel.) Re the great song: I kept thinking they were going to sing "Working on a Building." And B, I got to say, you are one brave woman. For all that dog worships the ground you saunter on, you can’t expect her to always know the difference between a nice juicy bone and nice juicy toes! (Ha!)

  8. Yea, I’m wanting to sing out "for my Lawd, for my Lawd…" as well. As a kid, I used to think about what a wholly ghost building would look like until I actually saw the lyrics printed somewhere. Talk about disillusioned.

  9. But you should get someone new & unknow to be the vicitm of your new camera. She’s actually much better behaved with me than she was for the first year or 18 months of my meeting her. I don’t know if it will be scary enough for the audience.

  10. I’m guessing that Take This Hammer and Working on a Building are related but not the same. Take This Hammer is a worksong, one of those "tired of the man screwing with me, been working so hard, leaving this place behind, dude" songs that have a lengthy history going back to West Africa. Working on a Building is structurally and thematically similar, with the "work" being done that of improving one’s spiritual condition and the "leaving" a transcendental release at death or Rapture. So it’s a spiritualized worksong.Is Aaron still reading? Maybe he knows or knows someone who knows for sure.

  11. Ha, when all they can see are your arms flailing on either side of the dog, I’m sure they’ll be plenty scared. Just think, you’ll be able to remain completely anonymous because no one will be able to see past the dog to you.Bridgett, I don’t think he is.

  12. Time to call the fucker out again, I say.(No, I’m joking. Through a weird coincidence, I used to correspond with Aaron back when he was in grad school.)

  13. I believe that "Working on a Building" is a much newer song than "Take This Hammer." If I’m not mistaken, WoaB doesn’t show up in the shape note collections or the hymnals from the 19th century, and doesn’t start getting collected until the 1920s. Whereas the John Henry/Take This Hammer songs date from a generation or two earlier, right?

  14. I know nosssing, actually. I just thought it was an odd question, did some googling on the earliest references to WoaB (it shows up in two independent 1920s collections) and asked my live-in musical expert, who assured me that the JH/TTH songs are all attested much earlier. The rest is all just a string of inferences.I thought it was an odd question because I don’t hear any similarities except the DA da-da-da da beat. That’s an old work-song beat, found in a lot of early blues songs, too. It’s not too surprising that it got completely absorbed by the musical vernacular and was showing up in other musical contexts by the 1920s.Is that the similarity you all are mentioning, or should I be hearing something else?

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