Barkin' With the Big Dogs (Live)

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Recorded Live at The 16th Avenue Cafe in Nashville, TN on August 29, 1997.

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 while I was in Nashville, The Big Dogs, was named after this song!

- Jeffrey Scott Stewart

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                        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 Jeffrey Scott Stewart
Copyright trinSongs / Blue Clover Music (ASCAP)

credits

from Live Dogs (Live), released August 21, 2008
Fiddle: Tim Lorsch
Lead Guitar: Rick Gordon
Rhythm Guitar: Jeffrey Scott Stewart
Bass Guitar: Michael Spellman
Drums: Kevin Kathey
Backing Vocal: Kim Winters

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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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