Dogs (17:05)

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“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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  • Flynner11

    For as long as I can remember this has been my favourite Floyd tune on what will always be my favourite Floyd album.

    4 Oct 10:54pm Reply
  • infinite_zero

    Who was given a pat on the back

    8 Sep 7:06pm Reply
  • 2487

    That final verse, though...

    4 Sep 3:48am Reply
  • zmatster

    My dog told me this song is great. He also wanted me to mention that the soundtrack to "Cats" sucks.

    3 Sep 8:35pm Reply
  • PewterMug

    I love this song. Animals as a whole is a fantastic album that I listen to when I'm feeling down.

    11 Aug 7:47pm Reply
  • elifsonk

    Absolute perfection

    9 Jul 2:50am Reply
  • guy090671

    amazing :)

    23 Jun 11:54am Reply
  • YoQueSe666

    This 17-minute-long tune had Pink Floyd blending prog rock, blues rock and hard rock and experimenting with guitar chords. Both Waters and Gilmour take turns singing lyrics that liken the cutthroat business world to the lives lived by dogs. In this way, it fits right in with its parent album’s theme of critiquing society and politics. Richard Wright’s keyboard playing also helped to enhance the song’s mood. -- watchmojo

    21 Jun 4:28am Reply
  • bossmark1

    This is Groovy

    7 May 5:05pm Reply
  • Gustavordc

    The best Floyd track in the best Floyd album

    20 Apr 8:24am Reply
  • emptystream

    dragged down by the stone

    21 Mar 2:08am Reply
  • SoporAeternus-

    I am one of the dogs that barked in this song.

    18 Mar 9:07pm Reply
  • theorly64

    Old memories.

    17 Mar 12:41am Reply
  • eternal_sage

    Possibly my favorite Floyd song, and definitely the greatest album they ever made. Amazing solos through out, and just an amazing sense of atmosphere. None of the songs are particularly uplifting, but the grim vision of "human" nature is so much more potent than on any of their equally dark "mid career" albums (Dark Side, Wish You Were Here, The Wall). I wish this stuff got more recognition, but its "anti-radio" nature is part of its charm. Floyd at its best.

    5 Mar 8:57pm Reply
  • elifsonk

    Easily the best Pink Floyd track.

    26 Feb 7:47pm Reply
  • masodikgalamb

    fuuuuck

    3 Feb 11:04pm Reply
  • RaiderKman

    Hands down my favorite album by Pink Floyd.

    3 Feb 9:53am Reply
  • LotemBen

    amazing

    31 Jan 12:26am Reply
  • bleedscoldwater

    kurwa smutno.

    25 Jan 12:40pm Reply
  • BruceLovesTacos

    I have a bad trip associated with this song, still amazing.

    12 Jan 2:48am Reply
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