Barkin' With the Big Dogs

from by Sweet Willie Milton

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Also from the "Nothin' So Bad" album.

Steve had the title when he came over to my apartment to write. He thought that it could be about a singer/songwriter performing amongst some of the songwriting "big dogs" . . . I suggested that it should be of larger scope . . . he agreed . . . as I recall, he had a bit of a lick . . . I expanded on the music and we wrote the
story. Very much a co-write.

My backing band, The Big Dogs, was named after this song!

- Jeffrey Scott Stewart

lyrics

BARKIN' WITH THE BIG DOGS

A golden puppy chasin' butterflies
Across a yard full of dandelions
Doesn't stop to wonder why
It comes naturally

He hears a howling from across the fence
Calls back with a 'yelp' at best
Doesn't know what he's up against
But can't wait to be

Barkin' with the big dogs
Makin' noise with the boys next door
Talkin' that big talk
Mixin' it up, not a pup anymore
Barkin' with the big dogs

Little Jimmy, he's a three-year-old
Never seems to do like he's told
He's not bad, he's got a need to know
It's curiosity

Through the window, hears the kids at play
Wants to join 'em in their baseball game
But mama's got him stayin' in today
He can't wait to be

Barkin' with the big dogs
Makin' noise with the boys next door
Talkin' that big talk
Mixin' it up, not a pup anymore
Barkin' with the big dogs

Every puppy, every boy
Anyone with a dream
Gives it all they've got
and can't wait to be

Barkin' with the big dogs
Makin' noise with the boys next door
Talkin' that big talk
Mixin' it up, not a pup anymore
Barkin' with the big dogs

Written by Steve Trinward and Jeff Stewart
Copyright trinSongs / Blue Clover Music

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from Sweet Stuff, released May 15, 2009
As far as I remember, this was Allan J.C. Ward on Acoustic Bass and Backing Vocals, his wife Diane Gentes on Backing Vocals, "Gator" (wish I knew his actual name) on Harmonica, Denny Martin on everything else including Dobro (and engineering in his studio), Lead Vocal by Jeffrey Scott Stewart.

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Jeffrey Scott Stewart Houston, Texas

Originally from Southern California, and now - after sixteen years of "seasoning" in Nashville, Tennessee - based in Houston, Texas.

Jeff has had his songs heard in movies, documentaries, television and radio from Australia to Seattle to Switzerland.

Live performances feature a wide variety of original music using guitar, tenor banjo, accordion, mandolin, violin, ukelele and harmonica.
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