For this week’s Song Lyric Sunday, bloggers were blasted beyond Earth’s atmosphere into the vast frontier of space, prompting writers to sniff out songs with a theme of heavenly bodies, planets, moon, sun, or stars. Although the tune “You Can’t Keep A Good Dog Down” by Burt Reynolds and Dom DeLuise, at first glance, doesn’t seem to fit Song Lyric Sunday’s mold, the song originated from the 1989 Disney film All Dogs Go to Heaven, and all dogs, except for maybe Cujo, belong in heaven. To the song more specifically, it’s very true: the chances of keeping a good dog down are slim to none. It’s as if all a dog’s worries immediately melt away when you crave their attention and affection. 

Lyrics to “You Can’t Keep A Good Dog Down”:

[Intro]

[CHARLIE, spoken]

Why settle for a couple o’ bones when you can have the whole bank?

Ha ha ha ha ha!

[ITCHY, spoken]

Hey, Charlie!

Charlie, look!

You hit the jackpot!

Oh ho ho

Atta boy, Charlie, I’m proud o’ ya!

Charlie, tell ’em!

[Verse 1]

(sung)

[CHARLIE]

Oh, you can’t keep a good dog down

[ITCHY]

No sir!

[CHARLIE]

No, you can’t keep a good dog down

I’ve seen pain and hurt

[ITCHY]

That’s right

[CHARLIE]

I’ve eaten dirt

[ITCHY]

That’s true

[CHARLIE]

It’s hard to buy but even I’ve been jilted by a skirt

!

[ITCHY]

He lies!

[CHARLIE]

But look, pal, I’m still around

[ITCHY]

Haha!

[CHARLIE]

‘Cause you can’t keep a good dog down!

[Chorus]

[ITCHY]

Ya can’t keep a good dog down

[CHARLIE]

No you can’t!

[ITCHY]

No no no no, you can’t keep a good dog down

[CHARLIE]

I’ve been bought and sold

[ITCHY]

He’s been warm and cold

[CHARLIE]

But ten to one I’ll still be runnin’ rackets when I’m old

[ITCHY]

Not in some cage in the city pound

[CHARLIE, ITCHY]

‘Cause ya can’t keep a good dog

Can’t keep a good

I say ya can’t keep a good dog down

[Verse 2]

[ITCHY]

In him’s the luck of the Irish

[CHARLIE]

The pride of the German

[ITCHY]

And even, haha, a bit of Siam

[CHARLIE]

Siam? You see the come of the English

[ITCHY]

The charm of the Spanish

[CHARLIE]

A pedigree a-certainly ain’t what I am!

So call me a mixed up pup

[ITCHY]

You’re a mixed up pup

[CHARLIE]

Haha!

But the only way this pup knows is up!

[ITCHY, spoken]

OK, boys! C’mon!

Help me get ‘im!

You get his leg

Lift ‘im up! C’mon!

Didn’t’cha hear the man?

Up! Up! Up!

C’mon!

[Chorus]

(sung)

[CHARLIE & DOGS]

Oh, ya can’t keep a good dog down

(Bow wow wow wow!)

You can’t keep a good dog down

(Bow wow wow wow!)

[ITCHY]

He’s been fat and thin

[CHARLIE]

I’ve been out and in

[ITCHY]

He tried a life of virtue

[CHARLIE]

But prefer a life of sin!

So tonight, man, we own this town

I’ve known hunger, I’ve known thirst

Lived the best and seen the worst

But the only way I know to finish is to finish first!

[CHARLIE & DOGS]

So watch out when you hear this sound!

(all of the DOGS howl uproariously)

[CHARLIE & DOGS & ITCHY]

‘Cause you can’t keep a good dog

No, ya can’t keep a good

I say you can’t keep a good dog down

You can’t keep a good dog down!

Prompted from Song Lyric Sunday at: https://jimadamsauthordotcom.wordpress.com/2021/10/09/celestial/.