What it means to be the Dogman: TIL #6

I dare you not to love this song from my favorite band, King’s X. The lead singer has joked that in every one of their songs, no matter how serious, there’s at least one throwaway line that means absolutely nothing. Knowing this sort of propensity, I wouldn’t read too much into a lot of the specific examples (“give me a coat or give me a bite”? Whaaa…?), but at the core of this song is certainly something theologically interesting. Here’s a hint: there are multiple possible meanings to the word “dogman”.

Despite the minimal response I have had to this series so far, I fully expect my blog readers to contribute in helping me unravel this one!

hard link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDBy5aKFG2k

Dogman

written by Ty Tabor and recorded by King’s X on Dogman

Give me a dollar, or give me 50 cents
Let me take it back if that ain’t what I meant
Give me a coat or give me a bite
Give me a light bulb and make sure it’s bright
Give me the moon or give me everywhere
Give me some powder to spray up in the air

Let me take my thoughts away
To think about another day
Remembering the times I pray
To help me deal with me
To be the Dogman

Give me some attention, lend me your ear
Give me what to do and get me outta here
Give me a book give me something to read
Give me a horse race and give me who’s in lead

Let me take my thoughts away
To think about another day
Remembering the times I pray
To help me deal with me
To be the Dogman

All the sleeping, never waking
All the leaves in need of raking
All the business undertaking
All my bones and muscles aching
Thoughts and mind are surely flaking
Over luncheons hands are shaking
Surety of no mistaking
Cars and horns and
Glasses breaking

Give me a color, make it black or white
Give me a newspaper, tell me if it’s right
Give me a nail, or give me a bat
Give me a skinny, or give me a fat

Remembering the times I pray
To let me thoughts away
And think about another day
To help me deal with me
To help me deal with me
To be the Dogman

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