The Story Behind The Lyrics Of ‘Like My Dog’

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[lastfm link_type=””]Billy Currington[/lastfm]’s latest hit Like My Dog, actually stemmed from two friends watching their dogs play.  The writers [lastfm link_type=””]Scotty Emerick[/lastfm] and the late [lastfm link_type=””]Harley Allen[/lastfm] were thinking about what life would be if women loved their men like they love their dogs.

“I had a brand new puppy,” Emerick says. “She was eight or nine weeks old at the time. Harley also had a dog. We wrote it at his house in his living room that morning. We didn’t have anything to write about. We were just talking and watching his dog and my brand new puppy play. We started talking about dogs and how they just love you unconditionally. We started talking about women and dogs, and the difference and similarities between a man. We thought it would be funny to just use analogies in the song about how [his dog] doesn’t give him a hard time about anything.”

He never tells me that he’s sick of this house / He never says, ‘Why don’t you get off that couch?’ / He don’t cost me nothing when he wants to go out / Want you to love me like my dog,” they wrote in the song’s lyrics.

“We wanted to make it funny and made it simple.”  ”This song is bittersweet,” Emerick says of writing the song with Allen, who passed away this past March at the age of 55. “We both loved the song. We both have always been  proud of it. We thought it was funny. We were close friends. It’s a shame he’s not here anymore. I’m happy about it, and I know he’d be thrilled. He always wanted the song to find a home, and Billy’s perfect for it.”

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