Mp3 link – Golden Retriever.
My long-standing ambition to write a tune for Sesame Street resulted in this song, Golden Retriever.
I love guide dogs, often more so than their owners, and was imagining an old-style, flickery super-8 film to complement this clunky acoustic folk track about the noble beasts. But the Sesame Workshop has gone very modern and the music is hip hop, as recent viewers will note. I guess they have to cater to what kids are interested in now, and don’t have time for their old fans any more, probably rationalizing this on the basis that people in their thirties should no longer be watching the show. Point is, they just don’t have time for the old-style folk any more. Even so I might send them a copy.
The song is from an album of folksy-rock I did in 2006-2007 called Live at Home. Other than sending a copy of it to my mate Soursob Bob, I haven’t done much with it so far but might put the cover art and more tracks up at some point.
Lyrics – extract
Oh when I grow up I’d like to be a seeing eye dog
When I grow up I’d like to change the world
But there’s so many muddy fields i want to explore
Sometimes I think I’ll never change the way I’ve been since I was born
I’m a Golden Retriever
I said I like to retrieve
And I will go anywhere you want
Just so long as my leash will reach
I can do anything
that a doggy can nominally do
Just so long as I can see you throw
Then I will bring it on back to you
You better believe that I like to retrieve…