Old Shep (4:10)

Cover of The 50 Greatest Love Songs

From The 50 Greatest Love Songs and 217 other releases

The song Old Shep was written by Red Foley co-wrote with Willis Arthur based on Foley’s own childhood dog, Hoover, an Alsation who was poisoned by a neighbour.

In 1945, when Elvis was 10 years old he performed this song at a state fair in which he came in fifth place and won $5 along with some ride tickets.

In Only Fools and Horses, this is said to be Del-Boy’s favourite song, and in one episode, Del-boy has Old Shep as his on-hold music on his mobile phone.


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When I was a lad and old Shep was a pup
Over hills and meadows we'd stray
Just a boy and his dog, we were both full of fun
We grew up together that way

MetroLyrics Full lyrics at MetroLyrics


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  • ASummerKiss

    Couldn't agree more @ Fenrisulfrwolf7

    28 Jun 8:53pm Reply
  • dianadesim

    Really good song but I really don't care for the sappy lyrics.

    14 Sep 2013 Reply
  • bigbudge69

    del boys favourite

    25 Jan 2013 Reply
  • wildtony40

    great song

    24 Oct 2012 Reply
  • CDPETE01

    Went to see Blancmange in concert and the laptops being used for music and the light show malfunctioned so,like in the old days according to the singer he would sing this song,so he did sounded good too.

    19 May 2012 Reply
  • steamboat58

    Oh yes, a classic, thanks Tarsha

    15 Nov 2011 Reply
  • lihei

    Somebody please shoot that dog!!

    2 Jul 2010 Reply
  • Fenrisulfrwolf7

    Such a touching track. I love my dog. Glad there are safer ways of putting a pet down today. Long live Elvis, the King.

    29 Jun 2010 Reply
  • rockingdaddy

    pretty good

    8 Jan 2010 Reply
  • jetgar

    AMAZING SONG FROM THE KING !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    7 Jan 2010 Reply
  • barrypalmer

    The picture is of my old moggie the best friend I ever had, poor old girl she has gone now xx

    8 Dec 2009 Reply
  • marcy50

    Just beautiful! LUV This song!

    4 Dec 2009 Reply
  • borntohang

    Devastating for any pet-owner. Or anyone with a heart. Bless you Elvis.

    29 Nov 2009 Reply
  • MAGGY65

    Can't listen, sorry, I'm crying already

    17 Aug 2009 Reply
  • robsgirl88

    HOW CUTE!!

    23 Jul 2009 Reply
  • lallyslady

    My mom passed away 16 years ago and she sang that song so many times to me as a young child. I am now 58 and I have just heard this song for the first time since my dear mom has passed I just know she is with Old Shep..This is the the last tear I will probably shed for Old Shep for I know mom is holding him now.God bless you also Elvis.

    15 Jun 2009 Reply
  • joefloyd

    amo esta cancion maravillosa.

    7 May 2009 Reply
  • GaryAlsop

    Love this song!

    1 May 2009 Reply
  • Retro_Saiyan

    A very sad song.

    21 Mar 2009 Reply

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