A Dog's Life

Album: Present Tense (2014)

Songfacts®:

  • This song details the final breaths of a faithful canine. Wild Beasts' Tom Fleming told NME: "It's about a dog dying, which is tragic because dogs think they are people. We all think we're something we are not, we all die, and we're all tied to a post and left behind."
  • The main lyrical theme that runs through Present Tense is the expectancy to live life a certain way and stepping out of that cycle. Singer Hayden Thorpe explained to DIY magazine: "This album is about the compromise of human nature, and it's about the powers that be. We're a little bit more aware of them now. Like most people, I seemed to go through a mid-twenties crisis. You kind of glide through this extended childhood. You pop out the other side at twenty-four, twenty-five and all of a sudden you have to stand for something."

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  • Don from Sevierville, TnElvis Presley recorded a different song with this same title. It was from his 1966 movie, "Paradise, Hawaiian Style".
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