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Shaggy Dog

Shaggy Dog has not been seen in 18 Phish shows.
It was last played: 2021-10-30.
It was played at 0.89% of live shows.
It has been performed live 17 time(s).

Music/Lyrics: Sam “Lightnin’” Hopkins

Original Artist: Sam Hopkins

Original Album: Something Blue (1967)

Vocals: Trey

Debut: 1986-10-15

Historian: Dan Mielcarz (ColForbin)

"Shaggy Dog" – part of the Phish dog canon along with “Dog Log,” “No Dogs Allowed,” “Dogs Stole Things,” and “Runaway Jim” – was played on thirteen known occasions from ’86-’88, after which it disappeared. Many people assumed this fun Lightnin’ Hopkins cover was gone forever, or at least only played during soundcheck. After a long absence, an a cappella version was played on 5/6/92, and then it made another surprise appearance on 10/29/95

Nearly everyone in the Phish universe probably thought this was a tune that would never be played again, but as part of a quest to play 200 different songs in their 2012 summer tour, after a sixteen-year absence “Shaggy Dog” busted out of the pound in Cincinnati on 6/22/12. Taken together, these last three appearances means “Shaggy Dog” has three of the longest gaps between performances at 449, 359 and 574 shows respectively.

The most famous “Shaggy Dog” recording is no doubt the version played on 8/21/87 at Ian McLean’s Farm that contains a continuous refrain of barking dogs (one of them being Trey’s dog, Marley) in the background. Interestingly, the original Lightnin’ Hopkins version of this song is titled “Shaggy Dad,” but for whatever reason, Phish changed the title and the lyrics to “Shaggy Dog.”

Watch Shaggy Dog on YouTube "Shaggy Dog" 8/21/87, Hebron, NY

Recommended Versions: 1986-10-31, 1987-08-21, 1992-05-06, 1995-10-29, 2012-06-22


Shaggy Dog....walkin' down
He walked all around
Shaggy Dog, where you been?
I been walkin' to see my friend

Knock on the door, wouldn't let me in.
Askin' me where I'd been
Then one day, he got lost
Jumped on a gator, thought it was a horse
Shaggy Dog, don't stay out too long
Yes I know that it's wrong

Shaggy Dog, long bill
Where he walks, you know who he is

Walk on, Shaggy Dog
Walk on, Shaggy Dog
Walk on, Shaggy Dog
Walk on, Shaggy Dog

Oh oh, oh oh
Oh oh, oh oh
Oh oh, oh oh
Oh oh, oh oh

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