Dogs (17:05)

Cover of Oh By the Way (Studio Album Boxset)

From Oh By the Way (Studio Album Boxset) and 33 other releases

“Dogs”, originally composed as “You Gotta Be Crazy”, is a song by the English progressive rock band Pink Floyd. It was released on the album Animals in 1977.

During the part which includes Rick Wright’s synth solo, the sounds of dogs barking can be heard; this sound effect was created by processing the sound using a vocoder.

Guitarist David Gilmour and bassist Roger Waters share vocal duties in the song. Gilmour sings the majority of the song, but Waters takes over during the last two verses. On performances of the track on the band’s 1977 “In the Flesh” tour, Gilmour would sing almost all of the song except for the last verse, use electric guitar for the whole track (instead of the acoustic guitars) and performed an extra guitar solo.

Dogs are used to represent the megalomaniacal businessmen who destroy themselves and those around them by obsessing over their egos and their careers. A number of comparisons are made and metaphors used to show how close these businessmen are with dogs, for example “Got to be able to pick out the easy meat with your eyes closed” the meat representing deals and opportunities for the businessmen. It is a long, increasingly haunting song at over seventeen minutes.

The final verse explores a number of aspects of business life and how it compares to dogs, for example taking chances and being “trained not to spit in the fan”, losing their individuality “broken by trained personnel”, obeying their superiors “fitted with collar and chain”, getting treats for good behaviour “given a pat on the back”


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You got to be crazy, you gotta have a real need
You gotta sleep on your toes and when you're on the streets
You gotta be able to pick out the easy meat
With your eyes closed

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  • Sudetenland38

    Punk Floyd?

    27 Jun 6:10pm Reply
  • carguinho

    I love how the dog barks smoothly turn into the moog key's of Rick Wright... [2]

    15 Apr 3:14am Reply
  • mot00rzysta

    I think we all agree that this track is perfect

    14 Apr 11:13pm Reply
  • Druid66

    Cats dig it, too, no matter what it's called. (-:

    29 Mar 5:34am Reply
  • jomabbs

    I forgot to tell you that my dog use to bark at the speakers the firs time I played it. That was funny.

    3 Feb 1:36am Reply
  • jomabbs

    I love how the dog barks smoothly turn into the moog key's of Rick Wright...RIP

    3 Feb 1:28am Reply
  • juninhohyuuga

    esse solo é de arrepiar!!! Toda vez que toco fico com os braços tremendo, genial!

    2 Feb 11:43pm Reply
  • BlkForest

    Who was blown away by this song? Who was drowning out their neighbors noise? Who was living in a place they did not belong? Who could never go home? Who really loves to rock and roll?

    29 Jan 11:25pm Reply
  • neodude991

    That final verse, though... [3 ] " Who was trained not to spit in the fan"

    24 Jan 4:13am Reply
  • Gramkos

    Gilmour's guitar solos will KILL you! The one at 5:30 gets me every time. Absolutely tremendous. The lyrics are awesome too. Favorite Floyd song

    8 Jan 1:53pm Reply
  • corpsetastic

    I think of this whilst watching the bastards scrabble over one another's remains on the apprentice lol.

    30 Dec 2014 Reply
  • pat3b

    That final verse, though... [2]

    29 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Ninetales-

    You know, it's going to get HARDER! HARDER! AND HARDER! As you get older!

    28 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Nicko345


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  • gharruda

    Stoooooooooooooooooone stooooooooooooooone stooooooone stooooooone stoooooooone............... trippy

    28 Nov 2014 Reply
  • petross85

    Best indeed

    20 Nov 2014 Reply
  • iZZidane

    Best 17 minutes ever spent.

    13 Nov 2014 Reply
  • moisesbs3008

    best floyd song

    3 Nov 2014 Reply
  • schrikk

    The guitar solos are just perfect

    2 Nov 2014 Reply
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