Dog Eat Dog

Album: Free For All (1976)
Charted: 91

Songfacts®:

  • Written by the Motor City Madman himself, this song from Ted Nugent's second solo album was inspired by the 1967 Detroit riots:

    Sabotage in the downtown streets
    Police cars overturned
    Can't do nothing to beat the heat
    And if you don't you'll get burned


    Nugent isn't taking a side, but looking at the riots from the perspective of a citizen who gets caught up in them. "It's necessary to keep authority in check to some extent, but not always," he told Sounds. "A lot of times riots are just stupidity in action. A lot of times I can't tell you whether they are righteous or stupid and there may be occasions of both."
  • Ted Nugent didn't sing on many of his early tracks, and on this one, Derek St. Holmes did lead vocals. Nugent would often introduce the song, making it clear that he was the alpha dog in this outfit.
  • In the last verse, Nugent sings:

    Kamikaze from the hundredth floor
    Swan dive to the street
    He couldn't handle this madness no more
    He craved that sweeter meat


    This represents people who can't cope in the dog-eat-dog world and turn to suicide. "What it implies is that ain't nobody eatin' this dog," he said. "I'm a part of that city world, I was for many years and I was able to deal with it and take nourishment."

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