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Me and You and a Dog named Boo

by

Lobo



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This song is about two hippies and a dog taking a cross-country road trip in an old car that runs poorly. The protagonists of the song get mired in the Georgia clay, steal food from a farmer and work to pay it off, and end up living in Los Angeles, but the old car makes them want to hit the road again. Judging from my experience with classic cars, the 1946-55 Kaiser automobile runs poorly and fits into the time frame of the song. (thanks, Darrell - Eugene, United States)
Lobo is singer/songwriter Roland Kent LaVoie. Lobo means "Wolf" in Spanish. (thanks, Diana - Huntsville, AL)
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Comments (8):

For John: the words are "a woman's mind told me that's so" which I think indicates that the woman believed that if you wanted something badly enough (willpower made that old car go) you could make it happen.
- Carolyn, Knoville, TN
When I first heard this song I thought the dog's name was 'Blue'; wasn't until I saw the actual record I realized my mistake!!!
- Barry, Sauquoit, NY
"the morning we got caught by an old hen".
The line is "The morning we got caught robbin' from an old hen."
They were stealing eggs.

The song goes on to say "Old Mcdonald".
Old McDonald would be the farmer, as in "Old McDonald Had A Farm.
- Duke, Iowa City, IA
@John: Reading a transcription out of a fake book shows me "woman's" and "hen".

I have no good explanation for the former, but as for the latter...it's almost literal; they were trying to steal eggs for food, but got caught by the farmer when the old hen started a'fussin'.
- Peter, Windsor, ON
I have seen lyric versions of this song on the net that in the first verse say "willpower made that old car go; a woman's mind told me that's so. Other versions say "willpower made that old car go, my roamin' mind told me that's so.
"my roamin' mind" makes more sense, but it sounds like Lobo is saying "woman's"

Also, "the morning we got caught by an old hen". The song goes on to say "Old Mcdonald". But that would be a male. Could they be saying "the morning we got caught by an old hand", as in an old farm hand?
- John, North Arlington, NJ
Duane, the B Side of "You And Me And A Dog Named Boo" was a song called "Walk Away From It All". This is on the 7" 45 single that would have been what most radio stations used for their airplay rotations. "Walk Away From It All" was also on the album "Introducing Lobo" (at least I am pretty sure it was) and can be heard at this link: www.youtube.com/watch?v=UScSrTfUMRg
- Austen, Fourwinds, TX
This was the song that put Lobo on the musical map in 1971. To me, it was a story song that would have also made a great country hit. It's probably the only song to mention Minnesota's capitol city St. Paul and Old McDonald.
- Howard, St. Louis Park, MN
Does anyone remember the song on the flip side of "You and me and a dog named Boo"?

Thanks
- Duane, Collierville, TN
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