Sunday, October 01, 2006

Eric's Songlist: Animals

For about five years, I did a weekly radio show on a great community station, WMPG in Portland, Maine. One of my underwriters was The General Store for Pets in Falmouth, Maine. The weekly reading of their credit inspired me to play what became known as The Animal Song of the Week. These songs and others appear here.

Abba Dabba Honeymoon - Carl Carleton & Debbie Reynolds
Acres of Clams - Charlie King
Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens - Louis Jordan or Asleep at the Wheel
Albatross - Fleetwood Mac
Alley Cat - Bent Fabric
Alligator - Grateful Dead
Alligators All Around - Carole King
Amoeba Hop - Christine Lavin
And Your Bird Can Sing - The Beatles
Animal - Def Leppard
Animal Crackers - Shirley Temple
Animal Day - Wall of Voodoo
Animal Song - Blue Flannel
Animal Song - Loudon Wainwright III
Animal Zoo - Spirit
Animals - Talking Heads
Animals All - Robert Klein
Ants Marching - Dave Matthews Band
Ape Man - The Kinks
At the Zoo - Simon & Garfunkel
Atomic Dog - George Clinton
Baby Snakes - Frank Zappa
Baltimore Oriole - Hoagy Carmichael
Barnyard Boogie - Widespread Depression Orchestra
Barracuda - Heart
Beast of Burden - Rolling Stones
Big Ted - The Incredible String Band
Bird Dog - Everly Brothers
Bird Song - Jerry Garcia
Birdhouse in Your Soul - They Might Be Giants
Black Cat - Janet Jackson
Black Dog - Led Zeppelin or Dread Zeppelin
Black Widow - Alice Cooper
Blackbird - The Beatles
Bless the Beasts and the Children - Carpenters
Blue, Blue, You Good Dog - The Dillards
Bluebirds Are Singing For Me - Mac Wiseman
Bluebirds Over the Mountain - Beach Boys
Boa Constrictor - Shel Silverstein or Peter, Paul & Mary
Boris the Spider - The Who
Buffalo Soldier - Bob Marley & the Wailers
Butterfly Kisses - Bob Carlisle
By-tor and the Snow Dog - Rush
Calf-Rope - Guy Clark
Cat and a Mockingbird - Nickletown
Cat and Mouse Game - Dr. John
Cat in the Window - Petula Clark, Turtles
Cat Turned Blue - Rusted Root
Catfish John - Bob McDill/Allen Reynolds
Cats Under the Stars - Jerry Garcia Band
Cat's in the Cradle- Harry Chapin
Cheshire Cat - Aerosmith
Chestnut Mare - The Byrds
Chicken Blues - Billy Ward's Dominoes
Chicken Shack Boogie - Amos Milburn
Chicken Song - Spitting Image
Chickens for Peace - Peter Alsop

"Move over li'l dog, big ol' dog's movin' in!"

China Cat Sunflower - Grateful Dead
Clams Have Feelings Too - NOFX
Cold Turkey - Plastic Ono Band
Coldhearted Snake - Paula Abdul
Cool Cat - Queen
Cool for Cats - Squeeze
Crocodile Rock - Elton John
Cousin Caterpillar - Incredible String Band
Cow Imagination - Lou & Peter Berryman
Cow Town - They Might Be Giants
Crawling King Snake - The Doors, John Lee Hooker
Cutting a Rug 'Til the Cows Come Home - Gary P. Nunn
Dead Armadillo - Lost Gonzo Band
Dead Skunk in the Middle of the Road - Loudon Wainwright III
Dire Wolf - Grateful Dead
Disco Duck - Rick Dees
Dog and Butterfly - Heart
Dog and His Master - Marcy Playground
Dog Eat Dog - Joni Mitchell
Dog on a Leash -Bob Wiseman
Doggin' Around - Jackie Wilson
Don't Kill the Whale - Yes
Don't Write Letters To My Dog - Roger Miller
Elusive Butterfly - Bob Lind
Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except for Me & My Monkey - The Beatles
Eye of the Tiger - Survivor
Five Pound Bass - Robert Earl Keen
Fly Like An Eagle - Steve Mller Band
Fox on the Run - Manfred Mann
Free Bird - Lynyrd Skynyrd
Given the Dog a Bone - AC/DC
Glass Spider - David Bowie
Gold Lion - The Yeah Yeah Yeahs
God Gave Names to All the Animals - Bob Dylan
Gonna Buy Me a Dog - The Monkees
Gorilla - James Taylor
Gray Cat on a Tennessee Farm - Freight Hoppers
Grey Seal - Elton John
Hard Monkeys - Ten Years After
Honky Cat - Elton John
Horse With No Name - America
Horses - Tori Amos
Horses Don't Bet on People - Kay Kaiser
Horses in the City - Nina Gordon
Hound Dog - Elvis Presley or Big Mama Thorton
How Much is that Doggie in the Window? - Patti Page, Homer & Jethro
Hungry Like the Wolf - Duran Duran
Hunting Tigers Out in Indiah - Bonzo Doo Dah Dog Band
I Am the Walrus - The Beatles
I Dig a Pony - The Beatles
I Had to Shoot That Rabbit - Tom Paxton
I Like Birds - Eels
I Lost My Dog - Fiery Furnaces
I Wanna Love You Like a Mad Dog - Stavely Makepiece
I Want a New Duck - Weird Al Yankovic
If Dogs Run Free - Bob Dylan
If I Were a Moose - Fred Small
If You See My Rooster - Memphis Minnie
If Your Monkey Can't Get It - David Blue
I'm a Doggy - Marvin Pontiac
I'm a Gnu - Flanders & Swan
I'm a Hog for You - Freddie & the Dreamers
I'm in Love With a Big Blue Frog - Peter, Paul & Mary
Intoxicated Rat - Doc Watson
June Bug - B-52s
Jungle Boogie - Kool & the Gang
Jungle Love - The Time
Karma Chameleon - Culture Club
King Kong - Dory Previn
Kitty - Presidents of the United States
Leather-Winged Bat - Spider John Koerner
Let's Talk Dirty to the Animals - Gilda Radner
Life With the Lions - Billy Bragg
Like Cockatoos - The Cure
Lion in the Winter - Hoyt Axton
Little Bird - Jerry Jeff Walker
Little Birdie - Ralph Stanley
Livin' With the Animals - Mother Earth
Lone Wolf - Jerry Jeff Walker
Long Snake Moan - P.J. Harvey
Love Cats - The Cure
Love is Like a Butterfly - Dolly Parton
Mammals - They Might Be Giants
May the Bird of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose
Mean-Eyed Cat - Johnny Cash
Me & You and a Dog named Boo - Lobo
Mickey's Son & Daughter - Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
Milk Cow Blues - Aerosmith
Milkin' the Turkey - Grateful Dead
Mockingbirds - Buffalo Tom
Monkey - George Michael
Monkey & the Engineer - Jesse Fuller
Monkey in Your Soul - Steely Dan

"Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!"

Monkey on My Back - Austin Lounge Lizards
Monkey Man - Rolling Stones
Monkey Man - The Specials
Monkey Ska - Hepcat
Monkey Time - Major Lance
Monkey Wrench - Foo Fighters
Mr. Zebra - Tori Amos
Muskrat - Doc Watson
Muskrat Love - Captain & Tenille
Muskrat Ramble
Mythical Kings and Iguanas - Dory Previn
Nashville Cats - Lovin' Spoonful
Nellie the Elephant - Toy Dolls
Noah's Dove - 10,000 Maniacs
Octopus' Garden - The Beatles
One Horse Town - The Thrills
Owl & the Pussycat - Dory Previn
Peace Frog - The Doors
Penguins - Lyle Lovett
Pet Sounds - The Beach Boys
Pets- Porno for Pyros
Pig in a Pen - Old & In the Way
Pigs - Pink Floyd
Pigs on the Wing, Parts 1 & 2 - Pink Floyd
Piggies - The Beatles
Piggy - Nine Inch Nails
Pink Panther - Henry Mancini
Pop Goes the Weasel
Porpoise Song - The Monkees
Promnight in Pigtown - John Gorka
Proudest Monkey - Dave Matthews Band
Psycho Chicken - The Fools
Puff the Magic Dragon - Peter, Paul & Mary
Puppy Love - Paul Anka or Donny Osmond
Rattlesnake - Live
Red Rooster - Howlin' Wolf
Ride the Tiger - Jefferson Starship
Road Kill - Wicked Good Band
Rock Lobster - B-52s
Rockin' Robin - Bobby Day or the Jackson Five
Rocky Raccoon - The Beatles
Save the Whales - Country Joe MacDonald
See You Later, Alligator - Bill Haley & the Comets or Bobbie Charles
Shark Attack - Split Enz
Sheep - Pink Floyd
Sheep Go To Heaven - Cake
Shock the Monkey - Peter Gabriel
Sign My Snarling Doggie - The Bobs
Simon Smith & His Amazing Dancing Bear - Randy Newman
Sociable Amoeba - Chenille Sisters
Spanish Flea - Herb Alpert
Spider - They Might Be Giants
Spiders and Snakes - Jim Stafford
Spiders in My Dressing Room - Toy Dolls
Spiderwebs - No Doubt
Spotted Cow - Steeleye Span
Stereo Chickens - Jerry Jeff Walker
Stray Cat - Rolling Stones
Stray Cat Strut - Stray Cats
Surfin' Bird - The Trashmen
Swans Against the Sun - Michael Murphy
Swimming Horses - Siouxsie & the Banshees
Swinging on a Star - Bing Crosby or Dave Van Ronk & the Hudson Dusters
Talk to the Animals - Dr. Dolittle
Teddy Bear - Elvis Presley
Tennessee Dog - Mike Seeger
Tennessee Stud - Doc Watson

"Hey baby, we're nothin' but mammals, so let's do it like they do on the Discovery Channel!"

The Chicken Dance
The Cockroach That Ate Cincinnati - Possum
The Dogs, They Really Miss You - Austin Lounge Lizards
The Dog's Asleep - Lou & Peter Berryman
The Horse - Cliff Noble & Co.
The Last Unicorn - America
The Lion Sleeps Tonight - Tokens (also known as Wimoweh by The Weavers) plus weird version by Sandra Bernhardt and weird takeoff, The Guitar, by They Might Be Giants
The Monkey Time - Major Lance
The Mouse - Soupy Sales
The Truth About Cats - Timbuk 3
The Unicorn - Irish Rovers or Shel Silverstein
There Ain't a Cow in Texas - The Masters
There's a Spider in my Room - Barenaked Ladies
Three Cool Cats - The Coasters
Three Little Fishes - Andrews Sisters
Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Boy - Rolf Harris
Too Much Monkey Business - Chuck Berry, Tom Rush
Two Little Squirrels (Nuts to You) - Louis Jordan
Turkey in the Straw
Tweeter & the Monkey Man - Traveling Wilburys
Twentieth Century Fox - The Doors
Walk the Dinosaur - Was Not Was
Walk the Dog - Derringer
Walking the Dog - Jim Fergusen
Walking in Your Footsteps - Sting or Toshi Reagon
Walkin' My Cat Named Dog - Norma Tanega
War Pigs - Faith No More
We Are the Pigs - Suede
We the Cats - Louis Jordan or Joe Jackson
Wharf Rat - Grateful Dead
What's New, Pussycat? - Tom Jones
When Doves Cry - Prince
Where Do the Animals Go - Kristin Lems
Where Eagles Dare - Iron Maiden
White Bird - Incredible String Band
White Bird - It's a Beautiful Day
White Dove - Old & In the Way
White Rabbit - Jefferson Airplane or The Damned
Who Let the Dogs Out - Baha Men
Wild Horses - Rolling Stones or Flying Burrito Brothers
Wildfire - Michael Murphy
Wondering Where the Lions Are - Bruce Cockburn
Year of the Cat - Al Stewart
You Can't Roller Skate in a Buffalo Herd - Roger Miller


at said...

You could not have possibly left out "Man Gave Names to All the Animals"

lastAutumn said...

Maybe you meant this - God Gave Names to All the Animals - Bob Dylan - this song is included here))
We can't but give credits to this abandoned collector of songs.

Anonymous said...

sneaky snake...tom t hall

parklandpaul said...

Any info about a song called "I Am The Turkey"?

Anonymous said...

What about "Foxy Lady" by Jimi Hendrix?

Pit said...

Dog Eat Dog - Joni Mitchell


skinnywhiteboy said...

What a list.
Here's a few more:
- heavy horses, Jethro Tull
- Halfmole halfbird, Deerhoof
- Wake up little sparrow, Devendra Banhart
- Birdhouse in your soul, They Might Be Giants
- Rats, Birddog LISTEN
- Pumpkin gets a snakebite, Animal Collective


bill k said...

Jack the Toad, Savoy Brown
Alligator Meat, Johnny Otis

S_D_Fan said...

Nice list: here's a couple more.
Pressed Rat and Warthog - Cream
Dog Eat Dog - Ted Nugent

Art Paul Schlosser said...

I also wrote some:
My Cat Was Taking A Bath at

My Pit Bull at

And the Elephant song at