Musical Tails 11th Litter

Shiba Inu, Otter Hound, Anatolian Shepherd, Catahoula Leopard Dog, Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen, Skye Terrier, Schipperke, Galgo, Xoloitzcuintli, Border Terrier.

"I'm so excited to add ten new breed songs to Musical Tails. Some lesser known breeds and some endangered breeds are on this CD and I loved getting into each one and learning its history."


All songs written and performed by Nancy Simmonds:  all instruments performed by Nancy and recorded in her home studio from Sept. 2021 to Oct. 2022, Stratford, Ontario, Canada.

                 Shiba Inu



When I’m walkin’ down the street

I get a smile from everybody I meet

People say, that’s a foxy dog

So I bow down and they all applaud


     Shiba Inu - I rise up like the sun

        Shiba Inu - in Japan I'm number one



You know I’m nimble and I’m fast

I'm spirited and clean like a cat

I chase the wind across the brush

In my soul I feel the rush


  

     Shiba Inu - I rise up like the sun

     Shiba Inu - In Japan I'm number one


I dream that I am on the chase

Faster than sound in cyberspace

I’m so loveable and alert

I’m the Japanese dog of the turf


     Shiba Inu -  Oh honey let's have some fun

     Shiba Inu -     Let me show you how it's done

     Shiba Inu -     I rise up like the sun

     Shiba Inu -     Let me show you how it's done


When you're walkin' down the street

You just smile at everybody you meet


     Shiba Inu - Oh honey Let's have some fun

     Shiba Inu - Let me show you how it's done

     Shiba Inu - In Japan I'm number one

     Shiba Inu - Let me show you how it's done




    

          Otter Hound



I’ve been around so long

I rule the rivers, streams and ponds

I am a member of the band

Keepin’ those otters off the land


See me shuffle my web feet

Walkin’ in time with my inner beat


Once I was valued in my town

Now I’m the unemployed Otter Hound

Yeah I lost my perfect job

When Britain banned our hunt as law


So few otters to be found

And so our numbers trickled down


     Don’t let me fade away, I’ve got lots of tricks to play

     I keep my nose to the ground  

     Don’t turn away from me, I’ll be anything you need

     I’m a very versatile scent hound


I am big and powerful

I am loud and love a thrill

I adore my family

And share my heart in therapy


Hey I’m focused and I’m strong

But I struggle to belong

Keepin' my nose to the ground

I am the unemployed Otter Hound



I’ve been around so long

I rule the rivers, streams and ponds

I am a member of the band

I give my soul for my man -



     Anatolian Shepherd



I’m an Anatolian Shepherd

Please get off my land

I’ve asked you once politely

Don’t make me ask again.


My master tells me things are fine

But I can sense what’s wrong

He tells me I should stay behind

But I see what’s beyond -

I’m already gone

I am the force and I’m on my way  

I’m already gone

The force is here to stay


My roots are deep in Turkey

With shepherds I did roam

Wherever I was needed

That’s where I called home


I’m calm around the little ones

I’m gentle to the bone

Over time I’ve made the choice

To guard them as my own


I’m already gone

The force is on its way

I’m already gone

The force is here to stay

  

I’m always on the case

Cause predators abound

I’ve asked them once to their face

Do I have to take them down


My size will make them run and hide

Enemies move on - but

Oh, my family, I have been

Your guardian all along


I’m already gone

The force is on its way

I’m already gone

The force is here to stay


I’m an Anatolian Shepherd

Please get off my land

I’ve asked you once politely

Don’t make me ask again.



  

          Catahoula Leopard Dog



     I got the Catahoula Leopard Dog blues

     I miss Uncle Earl’s hog dog news

     And the Mississippi River too -


I started out on this great American land

Hunted with our great native bands

I can do anything you need

I got the muscle honeyI got the speed

Hey hey hey, what can I say

What more do you need



     I got the Catahoula Leopard Dog blues

     I miss Uncle Earl’s hog dog news

     And the Mississippi River too -


Our roots grow in the steamy old swamp land

We mixed with foreign girls but never as planned

We got that blue merle gene

Now we’re living’ the Louisianna dream

Hey hey hey hey, what can I say

What more do you need


     I got the Catahoula Leopard Dog blues

     I miss Uncle Earl’s hog dog news

     And the Mississippi River too -


Herding cattle just makes common sense

As a group we form an unbreakable fence

Yeah we’re kings of all stock dogs -

Yeah, we’re livin’ high on the hog

Hey hey hey hey, what can I say

What more do you need



     II got the Catahoula Leopard Dog blues

     I miss Uncle Earl’s hog dog news

     And the Mississippi River too -


You love our spotted fur and smiling eyes

We’re just as loyal we we are strong and wise

We’re the big dogs of our state

Proud to make Louisiana great -

Hey hey hey hey, what can I say

What more do you need



     I got the Catahoula Leopard Dog blues

     I miss Uncle Earl’s hog dog news

     And the Mississippi River too -


           

     Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen



You’re an extrovert, outspoken and alert

You’re the flirt known around town

First on the scene, a tracking machine

Easy to see the class clown


     You cast a small silhouette

     One kiss & I can’t forget

     My little sweet baguette

     My little French basset



You’re so carefree, from farm to Paree

Happy, sturdy and sound

Your coat of wire, your heart full of fire

The pride of Vendeen your home town


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You cruise the streets, joyful and sweet

You’re a fine athlete all around

“Madams and sires, meet the town crier

He yells when the prey is found  

     You cast a small silhouette

     One kiss & you can’t forget

     The sweetest little baguette

     My little French basset

     

Back  on the trail  you raise your saber tail

Never fail or back down

You are rambunctious though better in bunches

You make the flush and hold ground


     Petit basset griffon Vendeen

     Ah, nous dansons toute la nuit

     Comment je t’aime ma cherie

     Petit basset griffon Vendeen


                    Skye Terrier



I am a terrier most competent

The heart of a lion and heaven sent

I dream of Scotland where my memories lie

The working dog from the Isle of Skye


Over the Hebrides I once ran

Far in the north of God’s chosen land

A dog of elegance, style & grace

I’ll be at your side when morning breaks


I’m twice as long as I am tall

With a long flat coat that covers me all

Feathery ears like bat wings stand

Or drop down gorgeous to please every man


All of those pesky agitators

Ran from this low down exterminator

True devotion, courage and pride

How deep my love, how high the Skye


I am a terrier of the earth

Once snubbed by nobles who saw no worth

God bless the Queen she saved our breed

Then all the world seemed to agree


These days I lay at my lady’s side

So few of us now left to survive

And like all the breeds through history

We need our people if we’re to succeed

True devotion, courage and pride

How deep my love, how high the Skye



                    Schipperke



I am the black avenger I’ll show you what I do

Rats they all surrender cause they’ve got no more moves

Hold that barge tow the line

We’ll be done in no time -

Let’s rumble tonight

Oh turn up the lights

Let’s Kick up the fight

Can't you see, we’re the Schipperkes




I am the trusty captain I always restore peace

It’s true that I am Belgian and rule the Low Countries

Always workin’ the dock yards

Keep those rats on their guard

Let’s rumble tonight

Turn up the lights

kick up the fight

Can't you see

We’re the Schipperkes




This is how you do it,

All day all night

This is how you do it

Stand back and do it right!


  


Drifting through Belgium canals cross the land

We know we’re always welcome dressed like Batman

Oh yes I am the captain

And we are all deckhands -

Let’s rumble tonight

Let's turn up the lights

Kick up the fight

If you please

We’re the Schipperkes


We’re the terminators, when the journey ends

We will see our family just around the bend



     

          Galgo



I’m lost on a highway of endless roads

All my friends are gone and I’m alone

But I don’t give up easy, I never let go

Beyond the wild terrain til I find home


     And I’m holding out for you -

     I feel you coming through -

     I’m begging you please don’t let go


I once was a treasure to kings and czars

But now I’m a hunting tool to discard

I’m much like the greyhound, we’re built for speed

But I can cross more country with more ease


     And I’m holding out for you -

     I feel you coming through -

     I’m begging you please don’t let go -


          I feel like I'm runnin’ through fire

          Nobody to care for me at all

          I hear your voice calling higher -

          I'm reaching out to you to save my fall -


Well I dream of a home and family -

I am the Galgo and I am worthy

As old as the sea, I’m your Spanish breed -

I dream at the end of the road we’ll all be free -


     And I’m holding out for you

     I hear you coming through

     I'm begging you please don’t go

     

     

I’m out on a highway of endless roads

I'm waiting for you, I am Galgo



                       Xoloitzcuintli



You will lead me to heaven

When my time has come

From the depths of Mexico

You are the chosen one

Dance me to the afterlife

Let your spirit guide me

Your heart will shine the light

Xoloitzcuintli


Xolo, mi xoxo

Cómo te amo

Mi fiel amigo

Mi Xolo, mi xolo


Counting thru centuries

There are thousands and more

In the tombs of Aztecs

They sleep forever more

They danced to the end of time

Set their spirits free

Together they crossed the line

Xoloitzcuintli


Xolo, mi xoxo

Cómo te amo

Mi fiel amigo

Mi Xolo, mi xolo


Curl up and warm my bed

you have my    Invitation

While guard dogs look ahead

In anticipation

From the heart of Mexico

Your spirit will guide me

You are my guardian soul

Xoloitzcuintli


Xolo, mi xoxo

Cómo te amo

Mi fiel amigo

Mi Xolo, mi xolo

          Border Terrier


I’ve heard rumors - there’s talk in this town

Every time the hunt is on you come around

Smaller than big dogs

You squeeze through the rocks

No matter what

it takes you

Flush out the fox


No wall’s too high, no vixen too sly

Oh yea, you take it all

No hound’s too fast - no horse you can’t outlast

Oh yea, you take it all


Hey, my little otter head

My scruffy earth dog

Shake off that wiry coat

And get on the job

You’re a Border Terrier

You take a stand

Climb any barrier,

My trusty right hand -


No wall’s too high, no fox is too sly

Oh yea you take it all

No hound's too fast - no horse you can't outlast

No valley too wide -


Over the highlands

Into the night sky

Over the lowlands

To the British borderline

The chase unwinds,

Time after time

Like dust we’re left behind -


You’re a Border terrier

You’re hard as nails

Good natured, lovable and

Sweet as puppy tails -


No wall’s too high, no valley too wide

Oh yea you take it all

No hound's too fast, no horse you can't outlast

Oh year you've got it all




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