High, Wide and Handsome

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7 comments on this post.
  1. Nancy:

    My anti-earworm song is “Go tell Aunt Rhodie”, kills them dead; I think it is the relentless droning tune. “My Sharona” is relentless too, but not quite as droning. I may have to try it next time.

  2. Raquel:

    I always thought it was “dogies” – calves – not doggies, especially in light of the next two lines in the verse.

  3. Dave Khan:

    It is definitely “dogies” rather than “doggies”, and I am quite sure the lyric is also “don’t try to understand ‘em / Just rope and throw and brand ‘em”, which not only has the advantage of making sense, but also rhyming. I suspect Mr. Morris was done in by a typically bad Internet lyric-quoting site, which are invariably riddled with typos, mondegreens and other sillinesses.

  4. David Falterman:

    Personally, I don’t think anything beats Neil Diamond’s “I’m A Believer” for anti-earworm songs (Yes, I know The Monkees originally recorded it, but Neil Diamond wrote it, and plus I like his version better…). Really, though, any catchy song that you only know about a third of the lyrics to will work….

  5. Roy:

    Living high and wide denotes a person of means and importance. Would agree with “living high on the hog” and would add “cutting a wide swath”.

    “A Lion Sleeps Tonight” works well to clear the others songs out.

  6. Kevin:

    It is “doe gees”, but I understand it’s spelled “doggies”.

    I always thought it was “rope & bull & brand ’em”, since the wrangler (they hated being called “cowboys”) would have to bulldog ’em to brand ’em.

  7. Randy:

    Spelled ” dogies ” – that is what makes it a calf and not a hound ( doggy ).

    And – it is def. ” rope, throw and brand ” as that is what a cowboy does when he brings an animal to the ground to brand. He ropes it, he dismounts and throws it on the grond and they brand it.

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