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Hank Dogs — 18 Dogs
Album: Bareback
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Released: 1999
Length: 5:14
Plays (last 30 days): 2
Poor little house in the country,
18 dogs, an m-16 for company.
some boys commin over the horizon,
they'll be lookin for some hospitality.

Come on in boys the door's wide open,
but I'll warn you my dogs were born to win.
I'll take the greastest of pleasure,
in watchin you torn limb from limb.

Rumors startin down in the village,
those boys aint been heard of since that day.
But if anybody comes round askin questions,
Well I've got it worked out just what I'm gonna say.

Come on in boys the door's wide open,
but I'll warn you my dogs were born to win.
I'll take the greastest of pleasure,
in watchin you torn limb from limb.

Poor little house in the country
18 dogs, an m-16 for company
hautboys commin over the horizon,
they'll be lookin for some hospitality.
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Thanks RP ! After the set of amazing guitar you cap it with this - lovely mellow tune combined with amusingly violent lyrics 
"18 dogs, an m-16 for company"

Makes that whole #metoo thing pretty tame.
Outstanding! Brings Fairport Convention to mind.
Meh. It's just a scene from Sandy Passage. "He was a Czech count, he played violin, and he was really very sweet. And Mother got rid of him in 15 MINUTES!"
Beautiful and scary!
 mrtuba9 wrote:
A song that fueled my indie music buying frenzy...thanks, Bill & Rebecca!
 
*bump

Story is a lot like the "Lady of Shalott" by Loreena McKennitt, based on Tennyson's Arthurian-themed poem.

(I had to look that up: https://www.artgallery.co.uk/b...)
 toomanyollys wrote:

It's a song about a woman who, when people arrive looking for a nice cup of tea (and perhaps a crumpet), invites them in then feeds them to her dogs. Possibly after shooting them with her assault rifle, although I'm not clear on that part. I'm couldn't find her on tripadvisor, so that's about all the info I have.

 
Greatest comment I've read all day 👍 
This is an outstandingly beautiful song with some seriously Game of Thrones-level lyrics.
          
Some really good and some are like '' black the sky, weapons fly.save them for your race.In a race  I'd vacuum all if I'd, but nature abhors vacuum, finally I inject a lttle dose of entropy. My  welcome never been so absurd.

A young Oklahoma mother shot and killed an intruder to protect her 3-month-old baby on New Year's Eve, less than a week after the baby's father died of cancer... As one of the men was going from door to door outside her home trying to gain entry, McKinley told ABC News that she quickly got her 12 gauge, went into her bedroom and got a pistol, put the bottle in the baby's mouth and called 911. When Martin kicked in the door and came after her with the knife, the teen mom shot and killed the 24-year-old. Police are calling the shooting justified.

Young mother defends herself and infant 


 Siljanus wrote:
From from that day onward she was never bothered by those pesky Jehovah's Witnesses again...

 
{#Bounce}
there's something about a girl named Piano singing sweetly about having her dogs tear me apart.....chokes me up every time.
More like the battle is lost and she's waiting with her dogs and m-16....






 On_The_Beach wrote:

I too assumed the "boys coming over the horizon" weren't dropping by for tea, but rather had more unpleasant intentions.

 
I first heard this song some years ago, and figured the same. Woman living alone out in the boonies, a prime target for unwanted advances. It's pretty easy to write a backstory as to why she lives alone, and why she has some apprehension about strange men comin' 'round.

Nice doggie. Niiiice doggie... 
I like the song but - creepy! Almost touched PSD
What a song.....nice lead in....sweet vocals... down home instrumentation, then BAM.  18 dogs all over you.  I think I'll stay home.
From from that day onward she was never bothered by those pesky Jehovah's Witnesses again...
excellent creepiness
 toomanyollys wrote:

It's a song about a woman who, when people arrive looking for a nice cup of tea (and perhaps a crumpet), invites them in then feeds them to her dogs. Possibly after shooting them with her assault rifle, although I'm not clear on that part. I'm couldn't find her on tripadvisor, so that's about all the info I have.

 

{#Devil_pimp}  She gets my vote for POTUS. {#Clap}
 dc_zee wrote:
Hmmm.  I took her actions to be more defensive/reactive, not as a convenient way to get Alpo.  She warns them supposedly...
"some boys coming over the horizon,
they'll be looking for some hospitality.

Come on in boys the door's wide open,
but I'll warn you my dogs were born to win.
I'll take the greatest of pleasure,
in watching you torn limb from limb."
 
I too assumed the "boys coming over the horizon" weren't dropping by for tea, but rather had more unpleasant intentions.
 toomanyollys wrote:

It's a song about a woman who, when people arrive looking for a nice cup of tea (and perhaps a crumpet), invites them in then feeds them to her dogs. Possibly after shooting them with her assault rifle, although I'm not clear on that part. I'm couldn't find her on tripadvisor, so that's about all the info I have.

 

Hmmm.  I took her actions to be more defensive/reactive, not as a convenient way to get Alpo.  She warns them supposedly...
"some boys coming over the horizon,
they'll be looking for some hospitality.

Come on in boys the door's wide open,
but I'll warn you my dogs were born to win.
I'll take the greatest of pleasure,
in watching you torn limb from limb."
since we're talkin' weird and animals here...howz 'bout  7 Horse... 'low fuel drug run"...story about a drug adled speed run across the desert,with chicks and booze and stuff, to return a rental car on time...now that's a song..that band is flat out cool. it's just 2 guys making a big sound .
 Aud wrote:
wtf?

 
It's a song about a woman who, when people arrive looking for a nice cup of tea (and perhaps a crumpet), invites them in then feeds them to her dogs. Possibly after shooting them with her assault rifle, although I'm not clear on that part. I'm couldn't find her on tripadvisor, so that's about all the info I have.
wtf?
Kind of a modern day (albeit 1999) murder ballad. 
I'd never listened to the lyrics before. Hmmm. Yep.

Compares and would be on same playlist as song from Dixie Chicks about abusive husband named "Earl"...

In Texas...Famous court case of town bully-decades long bully- found shot multiple times in his truck..different calibers, different origin directions... No witnesses found... Town verdict "Some People Deserve Killin"...

Real life is a bit more abrupt and direct than TV and Nomenkultura mythos would have everyone believe... Walk softly, speak softly give respect and earn some by your efforts and over time...

TV-Hollywood distorts real relationships... Humans haven't evolved so very much in last 200 years...We are still the same creatures that wandered into the fading snow 40,000 years ago... same bodies, same genetics, same instincts (yes-these are real) and same reactions to forces that made us strong enough to survive wayback then...

Good Manners are a good place to start...Helping strangers for no expected reward also works...Being The Big Dog usually means that the pack will turn...
Poor little house in the country,
18 dogs, an M-16 for company.
some boys coming over the horizon,
they'll be looking for some hospitality.

Come on in boys the door's wide open,
but I'll warn you my dogs were born to win.
I'll take the greatest of pleasure,
in watching you torn limb from limb.

Rumors starting down in the village,
those boys aint been heard of since that day.
But if anybody comes round asking questions,
Well I've got it worked out just what I'm gonna say.

"Come on in boys the door's wide open . . ."

. . . sounds like a Straw Dogs scenario . . . with actual dogs.
Jiminy, what a cheerful little ditty...
A song that fueled my indie music buying frenzy...thanks, Bill & Rebecca!
Great lyrics. I particularly enjoyed the... "Uuuhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh arrrrrrrrrrrr huuuuuuuu arrrrrrr ehhhhhhhhhhhh" bit
The beginning always reminds me on the stunning album "Ezekiel"  by the basque band Itoiz. Someone know this one? Definitely worth a try, strongly recommended here!
The whole album is great listening as well...
Great tune - despite listening to RP a ton this was the first time I stopped and noticed this song.  Thanks!
Lovely and grim at the same time. Great song.
f you like this song.....look up "Lucky Break" from the same album......sublime guitar and vocalsi
 parrothead wrote:
I bought this CD on line after hearing it on RP. Best $5 I have ever spent. I hope there was some royalties paid out of that five.
 
Ditto. One gem after another. BTW, they did a second album, Half Smile, released on spinART in 2002.
18 dogs and an M-16 for company. . . 
I bought this CD on line after hearing it on RP. Best $5 I have ever spent. I hope there was some royalties paid out of that five.
Made me hungry - headed for a good BBQ hot dog
 nmcvaugh wrote:

Strange coincidence - this had been on my wish list for months, so my wife got me a copy for my birthday. Good album - definitely worth picking up if you like this one. Though the lyrics aren't (pardon the pun) as biting for most of the rest of the material.

 

Only problem with this band was that they just produced the one album that I can find.  All the tracks are good, but I like many others on the release more than this one.  I really enjoy the way the guitars play off each other. 
 Larry_Rosenow wrote:
Wow, sitting next to the fireplace and suddenly I feel like the old days of listening to Pentangle and Sandy Denny.  Adds warmth to the fire.
 
Man, those acoustic guitars sound great. Nice production.

Wow, sitting next to the fireplace and suddenly I feel like the old days of listening to Pentangle and Sandy Denny.  Adds warmth to the fire.
 
wow....a lot of things rhyme with dogs....
logs, bogs, hogs, frogs, mannnnnnn
 cossey_m wrote:
Lovely ... I have never heard of this band before, but will be purchasing one of their albums with my next allotment of music allowance! (yah, I'm 34, whatever)
 
Strange coincidence - this had been on my wish list for months, so my wife got me a copy for my birthday. Good album - definitely worth picking up if you like this one. Though the lyrics aren't (pardon the pun) as biting for most of the rest of the material.

 lemmoth wrote:
Jesus man — keep your eyes on the bloody road and your hands on the wheel
 
I'm aimin for ye.  

 cossey_m wrote:
Lovely ... I have never heard of this band before, but will be purchasing one of their albums with my next allotment of music allowance! (yah, I'm 34, whatever)
 
Congrats for being 34 & having great taste in music! Who'd've thunk it? (..but, whatever...)

Lovely ... I have never heard of this band before, but will be purchasing one of their albums with my next allotment of music allowance! (yah, I'm 34, whatever)
 casey1024 wrote:
Love this song!
 
yuppers
Love this song!
 hippiechick wrote:
I always picture a bunch of tough dudes riding up on horseback to a little cottage in the woods
  ...and getting quite a bit more than they'd expected. Yeppers.


 Businessgypsy wrote: 
Yea!  Another Pib fan.  
Fire bad.  Tree pretty.  I like this song. Sorry if I can't come up with a controversial or political argument.
 lemmoth wrote:


Jesus man — keep your eyes on the bloody road and your hands on the wheel
 
No. That's "The Doors" ;-)  Well, almost.

 MojoJojo wrote:
It is a watershed moment. RP streaming through my car stereo for the first time. Forever to be associated with this song. (glad it's a 7 for me)
 

Jesus man — keep your eyes on the bloody road and your hands on the wheel
 Pyro wrote:
reminds me of Fairport Convention or Fotheringay

 
Definite Sandy Denny influence. Not nearly as good as the great Sandy Denny, tho...simplistic in comparison. And I agree with other posters that they need to change their name...what are they thinking with a counter-productive name like that?

Still, likable and worthy of a 7...

18 dogs would require a significant pooper-scooper campaign.
It is a watershed moment. RP streaming through my car stereo for the first time. Forever to be associated with this song. (glad it's a 7 for me)

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©2007-2010 ~nothought

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on 11'' by 17'' charcoal paper




 Giselle62 wrote:
the band's name should be changed—-i would never have thought in a million years they would sound like this. Here in the US "Hank Dogs" would be a neo-rockabilly band (also, "bareback" means something here in slang it may not mean there)
I mean it, y'all are great, but sometimes these things do make a difference.

 
Talking of linguistic differences, the verb "to dog", like the term "bareback", now has a slightly more salacious meaning on this side of the Pond. So the question is: does Hank go dogging? ;)

 Giselle62 wrote:
the band's name should be changed—-i would never have thought in a million years they would sound like this. Here in the US "Hank Dogs" would be a neo-rockabilly band (also, "bareback" means something here in slang it may not mean there)
I mean it, y'all are great, but sometimes these things do make a difference.

 
The meaning is the same there as well. Another song on the album says as much. The whole thing is outstanding.

 jimbaca wrote:

Great song.  Sounds like Amy Macdonald might have been influenced by the lead vocalist.


 
i'll be sure to check her out.

inmanart wrote:
18 Dogs and an M-16? What is this, Sarah Palin's campaign song?...
cuisine-challenged bridge substructure symbiont

Great song.  Sounds like Amy Macdonald might have been influenced by the lead vocalist.


the band's name should be changed—-i would never have thought in a million years they would sound like this. Here in the US "Hank Dogs" would be a neo-rockabilly band (also, "bareback" means something here in slang it may not mean there)
I mean it, y'all are great, but sometimes these things do make a difference.

Great song... bad band name? and they sing about their band name? hmmmm. woof!
i keep missing them when they are played—-but I see they are on emusic —waiting to be able to get more downloads.
I never get tired of this song.
 lmic wrote:
 fatcatjb wrote:
shades of John Barlycorn
Or Straw Dogs...

 
exactly.

woah, who is this? why didn't i ever hear of them?
Dang this is good
I think this is the guy we bought our bathtub from when I was a kid...
 fatcatjb wrote:
shades of John Barlycorn
Or Straw Dogs...

Woof
shades of John Barlycorn

 
calypsus_1 wrote:
Poor little house in the country,
18 dogs, an m-16 for company.
some boys commin over the horizon,
they'll be lookin for some hospitality.

Come on in boys the door's wide open,
but I'll warn you my dogs were born to win.
I'll take the greastest of pleasure,
in watchin you torn limb from limb. 

Rumors startin down in the village,
those boys aint been heard of since that day.
But if anybody comes round askin questions,
Well I've got it worked out just what I'm gonna say.

Come on in boys the door's wide open,
but I'll warn you my dogs were born to win.
I'll take the greastest of pleasure,
in watchin you torn limb from limb. 

Poor little house in the country
18 dogs, an m-16 for company
hautboys commin over the horizon,
they'll be lookin for some hospitality.

** 8 **

 


18 Dogs and an M-16?  What is this, Sarah Palin's campaign song?

"Speaking of Sarah Palin, she said she's a life-long member of the National Rifle Association. Which may explain why she's in favor of shotgun weddings." —Conan O'Brien  
reminds me of Fairport Convention or Fotheringay

Well sir, that may be true for various reasons, but unless I missed it, the whole issue of "who let the dogs out?" has never really been clarified.   {#Think}
  
  
 
cc_rider wrote:
You are evil.
 


 peyotecoyote wrote:
gotta git it!
 
This tune is prolly not the best on the CD. Highly recommended.

 MojoJojo wrote:

I would, but somebody let the dogs out. Not sure who. 
  You are evil.


"I'd love to see them live"

Might not make it out alive . . .


Wow, we certainly have drifted a bit from Cat, no?
 vali wrote:
hi! is there anyone who can send me "18 Dogs" on my e-mail?
 
I would, but somebody let the dogs out. Not sure who. 


I may have dated her.
Hank Dogs rocks.  I'd love to see them live.
I can't decide if I like this song or not.  Great music.  Weird lyrics.
hi! is there anyone who can send me "18 Dogs" on my e-mail?
 Welly wrote:
Her voice is oddly un-melodic.
 
A little dissonance really goes a long way on this track, though.

 rvontha wrote:
Beautiful tune. Scary words.

 
It sure is, and they sure are.  This is Dark, even for my taste (which can be outright bleak at times).


 Kittee wrote:
This song is amazing.  The more I hear it, the more I love it.
 

The entire CD is very good. 

Like a stiff shot of Reposado, this serves as a fine OzMD antidote. . .

{#Cowboy}

Beautiful tune. Scary words.

Her voice is oddly un-melodic.
Poor little house in the country,
18 dogs, an m-16 for company.
some boys commin over the horizon,
they'll be lookin for some hospitality.

Come on in boys the door's wide open,
but I'll warn you my dogs were born to win.
I'll take the greastest of pleasure,
in watchin you torn limb from limb. 

Rumors startin down in the village,
those boys aint been heard of since that day.
But if anybody comes round askin questions,
Well I've got it worked out just what I'm gonna say.

Come on in boys the door's wide open,
but I'll warn you my dogs were born to win.
I'll take the greastest of pleasure,
in watchin you torn limb from limb. 

Poor little house in the country
18 dogs, an m-16 for company
hautboys commin over the horizon,
they'll be lookin for some hospitality.

** 8 **


6:07 Be Good Tanyas - Rain and Snow
6:11 Hank Dogs - 18 Dogs

or put another way:

6:07 Be Good Tanyas
6:11 Be Bad Tanyas   (not "bad" as a criticism of their music)

18 dogs is way too many. So is the number of times I've heard this on RP over the years.

 hippiechick wrote:
I always picture a bunch of tough dudes riding up on horseback to a little cottage in the woods
 
...and if they come back, they come back sans genitalia and various limbs, and filled full of holes. Else they feed the dogs...

So, who's Hank, and does he really dog? ;-)

I always picture a bunch of tough dudes riding up on horseback to a little cottage in the woods
This song is amazing.  The more I hear it, the more I love it.

Come on in boys the door's wide open,
but I'll warn you my dogs were born to win
I'll take the greatest of pleasure,
in watchin' you torn limb from limb

Love this song so much. The vocals are bone chilling. (In a good way!)
Love it!
very cool!
dogs=epic win.
Nice!!

Never heard of these guys, but I like this a lot.


I really like the sound of this one....not exactly bright and sunny lyrics, though. {#Confused}


sounds like me and my friends on the back porch ... love it
Most enjoyable. Could be a creeper, this one........
musikalia wrote:
I like this song. But for whatever reason, I am not into this woman's voice. The song would go from quite likeable to most excellent if sung by someone else, IMO.
Yeah, the vocals are kind of muddy at times and it's kind of annoying.
i likee.................oops me speak too early :frustrated:
hank dogs or hank's dog?
gotta git it!
I really needed a relaxing folksy song to follow after the last couple twangers on the list (OMD, Run C&W) thanks for that
I can really relate to this song. Mountains, dogs, black key music. Nice guitar work and love the vocals and lyrics.
This song scares the hell out of me. In a good way.
Wow!! This tune has everything I like really decent guitar work and nice vocals. Rather twisted words but IMHO a good story/warning to fellows who might think they could just have their way with chicks living alone in a poor little house in the country. It is truly awesome.
I first (and only) heard this song here, leading to purchase of both their CDs. Both albums create a mood that is unique, somewhere between Appalachian and English in character. This tune stands out, but the rets of the songs are worth listening to.
Guitar work sounds like Paul Simon's "Peace Like a River"
I like this song. But for whatever reason, I am not into this woman's voice. The song would go from quite likeable to most excellent if sung by someone else, IMO.