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Belly — Slow Dog
Album: Star
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6.2

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Total ratings: 1537









Released: 1993
Length: 4:00
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Leave him by the road
'Cause the dog won't run it
Picking through spit out leaves the dog won't even touch
Meant to shoot that dog long ago
Just can't leave that dog alone

Maria, carry a rifle
Maria, carry a dog on her back
That dog is hit again
That slow dog is hit again
With his see-through skin
The kind of skin you can see through
He's shot again
He's shot again

Heal me by a river
Man retires his wife, says:
But she was so sad and sick
His heart breaks in the mud

Thought I'd leave this world by twenty-one
Couldn't leave that dog alone

Maria, carry a rifle
Maria, carry a dog on her back
That dog is hit again
That slow dog is hit again
With his see-through skin
He's shot again
He's shot again
He's shot again
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 Proclivities wrote:
Great song; kick-ass energy.
 

You have good taste.
 unclehud wrote:
Interpretations?

Dog = bad boyfriend/husband?
 

Sometimes a bad dog is just a bad dog.    
Interpretations?

Dog = bad boyfriend/husband?
Nice work  Bill!
There's always room for Belly, Thank You !!!
Jeez, what did he eat to warrant all that shatting?
I love that the comments for this song go back to 2002. I was never a huge Belly fan, but this tune still has some currency.
This song just screams "early-90's alt-chicks" (is that a sexist term?), but I really like it...way more than their "Feed the Tree" hit from the same era.
I saw them in 1995 supporting The Cranberries, Oasis and REM...they had the biggest impact of any band I saw that day...just a fabulous warm-up band, they really deserved much more recognition...
 
Great song; kick-ass energy.
 Baby_M wrote:
That refrain is just annoying.

 

How 'bout that: I like it but hate the rest of the song...
 

 
noelski wrote:
I used to work with Belly they were the nicest bunch of people to work for.
Great to hear this again, most excellent.

  
Very cool! What were you doing for them?

Feed the Tree was their peak although this B52 tribute sounds pretty cool
 

What fun!
HOORAY! I've always loved this song... as I said in these comments in 2006 and 2002. My, I've been here a long time! And it's been worth every minute! {#Bananajam} {#Music} {#Mrgreen} {#Hearteyes}
Back on the Fens in the early 1990's, Lemonheads, Buffalo Tom, and the like and I will be reliving Bean Town Happiness, a great few years.

 
 kingart wrote:
Silly fun. It's like an updated Bangles slammed into the Indigo Girls tour bus. How about a 7? 



Hah. That's exactly what it's like! Great comment. 

 I went to 8.  


An underappreciated classic that has definitely held up to the test of time. 
See on hea.
A bellyful of belly! Luv it
sick of this song!
Beating the snot out of the acoustic or just the drums in the background during chorus. Sounds like a washboard.
I used to work with Belly they were the nicest bunch of people to work for.
Great to hear this again, most excellent.
That refrain is just annoying.
Bully for Belly
 jen3005545 wrote:
Haha I love this whole album!  {#Biggrin} 
 
You are a cowboy - I am not!
Haha I love this whole album!  {#Biggrin} 
DEATH CAB FOR BELLY!
just what i needed to hear this afternoon. woohoo!
No matter how many chinese proverbs we invoke, it's still rubbish
Make it stop!  My ears are bleeding!!!!!
 Cynaera wrote:
I love the music, but the lyrics appear to be about Maria shooting a dog, again and again. I hope it's metaphorical, because if it isn't I'll have to really hate this song.
 
According to triviafairy, a poster at SongMeanings, "it's from an old Chinese (I think) custom of hanging a dead dog around the neck of an adulteress. The dog in the song is both the decaying animal she's saddled with (here's hoping it's a metaphor) and the jerk she's been sleeping with."

Silly fun. It's like an updated Bangles slammed into the Indigo Girls tour bus. How about a 7? 
Retreating into my duodenum.
 Cynaera wrote:
I love the music, but the lyrics appear to be about Maria shooting a dog, again and again. I hope it's metaphorical, because if it isn't I'll have to really hate this song.
 
I might have said this before, but I think dogs are people, too.   On a side note, I spoke with my sister today, and she has a dog, too.

Delightful.
Ugh. Very POPish. Does have a catchy beat but I can live without that today.
Probably Belly's best song. Thanks RP for the fun surprise!
I miss Belly! talk about taking me back to high school....


One of those rare RP songs that cause me to turn the volume down.

That dog is hit again!  Love it maxed the volume and jumping around like a total dick.
I miss this band...

Thanks for playing this.  It's lovely.


I love the music, but the lyrics appear to be about Maria shooting a dog, again and again. I hope it's metaphorical, because if it isn't I'll have to really hate this song.
Its ok ,but nothing special.
AwwwYesssss!  Oh how I wish I couda...woulda...seen Tanya live, and up close!  {#Dancingbanana}


 Jared wrote:
I love 90's alt with female lead singers! Garbage, Veruca Salt, Elastica, etc.
 
+1 and Tanya D is a gem.  Great era for this stuff.{#Dancingbanana}
 nalle wrote:
Power pop at it´s best. Love it!
 

Thought it was the Bangles. Powerpop indeed!
Arcade Fire - The Suburbs {#Arrow} Belly - Slow Dog


"He shat again"? Ee-yooh, gross :(
 vandal wrote:

annoying

 
I have to mute this, because it's one of those songs that I can't get out of my head for days.  I still like it though, but I've just heard it too many times to hear it any more.

What is this song about?

I love Belly, had this CD since it came out!  FEED THE TREE!


Lovin' it .  Got to go deep on Belly, Tanya, Kristen, Breeders, Throwing Muses, Mrs. John Murphey etc.


Power pop at it´s best. Love it!
Very repita-a-a-a-tive
Catchy little pop tune....
Very upbeat and poppy! Perfect for this happy day in Eugene, Oregon. Jeff Luers has finally flown the coop after being in for over nine years! He's welcomed back by our community in sunshine and temps in the 50s.  >^_^<   Such a great song!
1993, it´s timeless. Rock´n´roll, very very....
Easy to stomach this one.  7
i love this song!
Love Tanya. {#Angel}
Ok, the more I hear this song, the less I like it.{#Sad}
Another dog, but not nearly good as big mama!
Where's Veruca Salt these days?  Oh, and isn't that Meg on drums?  And to see Gail Greenwood up on the stage playing bass was ... ummmm .. something to see indeed.

I'm sorry, but Belly is no better than the Bangles. And that's not a compliment.
Love the song and the album.  Only shame about this Belly album is it was when i found out there would not be another Throwing Muses album with both Kristin Hersh and Tanya Donelly.
This demands something lower than "1".
Ah-ah-ah-ah-ah... no.
 vandal wrote:

annoying

 


The guitar attack could be borderline, I agree, but it's got the just the right qualities to put it into the "this rocks" category.

 Jared wrote:
I love 90's alt with female lead singers! Garbage, Veruca Salt, Elastica, etc.
 
{#High-five} Yes!...Cocteau Twins, the Sundays, Lush, Curve, etc.

annoying

Mack wrote:
The slow dog shat again? Don't let him in the house.

Ha!!!!!!!

I love 90's alt with female lead singers! Garbage, Veruca Salt, Elastica, etc.
I usually don't like Belly, but this song is cool!{#Cowboy}
Proclivities wrote:
F%#&ing great song!

Yep!  Mrgreen
F%#&ing great song!
{#Frustrated}
This gets it.
All hail Tanya! Great CD and artist...love her work.
{#Sunny}
thanks for the Belly acid dance flashback Bill!  I loved this album ,not solid all the way through, but 10 years ahead of its time... ... "Red Moon" is great... just a bit of a Bowie twinge to it.

" "Slow Dog," which tells about the Chinese folk tale in which an unfaithful woman is tied with a dead dog to her back, has no right to be as joyous and celebratory as it is, considering its subject matter." 
 ObsidianInfinity wrote:
RPs getting a little poppy these days, eh?
 
{#Eek}
{#Roflol}
The 80s and early 90s were a classic time for Boston rock bands.
ROSSinDETROIT wrote:
The subject matter that this song was developed from is really disturbing. Don't look it up if you have a weak stomach or a tendency toward nightmares.

i must be a bad googler, because i couldn't find anything. care to help me out?

The subject matter that this song was developed from is really disturbing.  Don't look it up if you have a weak stomach or a tendency toward nightmares.
 RadioDoc wrote:
Frank Zappa into Belly.  All is right with the world for a brief moment... {#Music}
 

And on a dog theme, no less!  Yes, the world is beautiful!!
The slow dog shat again? Don't let him in the house.
damn i love this song. can't not move to it or sing alone. LOVE IT.
had it at 8, what was I thinking...10!
 scott4261 wrote:
If I were straight I'd want Tanya Donelly to have my baby!
 
You need to tell her.


Frank Zappa into Belly.  All is right with the world for a brief moment... {#Music}
Thanks for playing this!  I love this song!  I miss Belly :-(

One of my faves from this album.  {#Dancingbanana}
If I were straight I'd want Tanya Donelly to have my baby!
YEAH!!! BELLY!!! WOO HOO!!! :bananajam:
All pop music should be this freak'n good.
A blast from the past! Fond memories of seeing these guys here in Seattle at the long-gone RKCNDY. I remember they had all used black tape to cover the double-Ls at the end of "Marshall" on their amps. Brady Bunch fans I presume!
gernick wrote:
i way dig it, this song RULES this song got me into Belly, and i have almost everyting by the marvellous Belly and can i say Belly more in a singel sentence? (not a chick though, sorry to mess up your theory there)
Have you her great "Judy Staring At The Sun" with Wheel?
Ah Ah Ah Ah Ah like it!
wow! forgot about this one. love it!
Interesting lyrics.
Trip out! I was singing this song to myself on my morning bike commute, wondering when I'd hear it again on RP. Well, now I know!
Ha! I had this on a cassette that I got on holiday in the UK nearly 10 years ago... takes me back...
Cybrid wrote:
Hound Dog to Slow Dog - hahahahaha! sweet
Next....Black Dog.
Yuk :beat:
-relayer- wrote:
The bridge sounds an awful lot like that stupid Rembrandts song that was the theme for that equally stupid TV show on NBC.
Note that the Belly song came out the year before the TV show--don't know when the Rembrandts wrote theirs.
This comes off a great album.
Hound Dog to Slow Dog - hahahahaha! sweet
Professor_C wrote:
glad to hear this one on RP!
Takes me back to the college haze...
glad to hear this one on RP!
Yay! Belly! I'd love to hear their acoustic version of "Red". Wonderful science fiction-inspired song.
mrmojorisin wrote:
Love both albums. What happened to TD after Belly?
Tanya went on to do three solo albums and having kids. the first solo album is a logical extension of the belly sound (lovesongs for underdogs) and then came beautysleep which was a little quieter and lastly whisky tango ghosts which was almost acoustic. check here https://www.4ad.com/tanyadonelly/
i way dig it, this song RULES this song got me into Belly, and i have almost everyting by the marvellous Belly and can i say Belly more in a singel sentence? (not a chick though, sorry to mess up your theory there)
the chicks dig it
Ibis99 wrote:
I love this place. It's my first day hear. I love It!!! :drummer:
Before too long you'll begin to wonder how you got by without RP! Welcome Ibis99 :cheers:
"We sha -a-a-a-a-ah--CHOO!" 9.
I love this place. It's my first day hear. I love It!!! :drummer:
-relayer- wrote:
The bridge sounds an awful lot like that stupid Rembrandts song that was the theme for that equally stupid TV show on NBC. :puke:
wow your so....cool.
man this is a good radio station. I love the last set! Mix it Up!
RayRay wrote:
Not only do I hear the "Friends" theme, but I also hear The Bo-Deans "Party of Five" theme as well :beat:
This is a bit painful, isn't it?
Not only do I hear the "Friends" theme, but I also hear The Bo-Deans "Party of Five" theme as well :beat: