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The Everly Brothers Bird Dog

Country Music

The song tells the story of a boy whose rival will stop at nothing to steal his girl. “Bird Dog,” written by Boudleaux Bryant. The Everly Brothers recorded and released in 1958. The song went to #1 the Billboard Country Chart and reached #2 on both the Billboard Hot and the R&B Chart.  The B-Side of the single was “Devoted to You,” which was written by Felice and Boudleaux Bryant. It charted as well on its own. In 1958, it went to #10 on the Billboard Hot 100, #2 on the R&B Chart, #7 on the Country chart, #1 in Canada, and #25 in Australia.

The song “Bird Dog” has been covered by The Newbeats, Mud, and the Bellamy Brothers.

(Bryant and his wife Felice wrote a number of songs for the Everlys, including “All I Have to Do Is Dream” and “Bye Bye Love.”)

Here are the lyrics to “Bird Dog” by The Everly Brothers:

Johnny is a joker (he’s a bird)
A very funny joker (he’s a bird)
But when he jokes my honey (he’s a dog)
His jokin’ ain’t so funny (what a dog)
Johnny is a joker that’s a’tryin’ to steal my honey (he’s a bird dog)

Johnny sings a love song (like a bird)
He sings the sweetest love song (ya ever heard)
But when he sings to my gal (what a howl)
To me he’s just a wolf dog (on the prowl)
Johnny wants to fly away and puppy-love my baby (he’s a bird dog)

Hey, bird dog get away from my quail
Hey, bird dog you’re on the wrong trail
Bird dog you better leave my lovey-dove alone
Hey, bird dog get away from my chick
Hey, bird dog you better get away quick
Bird dog you better find a chicken little of your own

Johnny kissed the teacher (he’s a bird)
He tiptoed up to reach her (he’s a bird)
Well he’s the teacher’s pet now (he’s a dog)
What he wants he’s been gettin’ now (what a dog)
He even made the teacher let him sit next to my baby (he’s a bird dog)

Hey, bird dog get away from my quail
Hey, bird dog you’re on the wrong trail
Bird dog you better leave my lovey-dove alone
Hey, bird dog get away from my chick
Hey, bird dog you better get away quick
Bird dog you better find a chicken little of your own
He’s a bird

For more songs by The Everly Brothers: “Wake Up Little Susie,” “‘Til I Kissed You,” “Bye Bye Love,” “Cathy’s Clown,” “All I Have to Do is Dream,” and “Crying in the Rain.”

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