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Part​-​Time Dog

from Circumstantial Evidence by Jacob Haller

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I wrote this song for my friend Katy W. and a dog named Lily that she sometimes takes care of. She told me she enjoyed having a dog when Lily was around, but also enjoyed not having a dog when she wasn't, and a song was born. In playing this song live I have learned that a lot of people can relate.

It took me a while to figure out how best to perform this song, but I think the tempo used here works nicely.

Late on Saturday September 17 Seth pointed out that my voice was getting kind of shot and suggested that I go home and pick things up the next day. I agreed that was a good idea but wanted to try recording this song with my worn-out voice before I took off. I think it works.


You know I used to have a dog, I loved to have that dog around,
But now that she is gone, I'm not gonna rush off to no pound.

It's great to have a dog, that's what all dog-owners say,
But I like having some freedom -- you know that leash, it goes both ways.

I want me a part time dog, won't keep me up late every night
Some companionship here and there, once in a while she'll treat me right

My part-time dog & I will cross paths every once in a little while.
I'll give her treats and rub her tummy, love to see that doggy smile.

My part-time dog'll be well-cared for, it just won't be by only me.
Sharing dogs is very modern, so don't you cluck your tongue at me.

I want me a part-time dog, one who's sweet as she can be
One who'll always be happy to always stay part-time with me.

You know I ain't no SOB who'd turn a hungry dog from his door.
I'd treat her well while she is mine, miss her when she goes next door.

It'll be sad to see her go, watch her go so far away
But trust me, man, it'd be sadder still if she'd stick around every day

I want me a part-time dog, I guess I've told you the reasons why
Now all I need's to find a puppy who's looking for a part-time guy.


from Circumstantial Evidence, released November 11, 2011
Jacob Haller: piano, vocals
Natalie Markward: electric guitar
Pamela Murray: trombone
Joe Auger: drums




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Jacob Haller has been a fixture of the Rhode Island music scene for ten years, and has been frequently featured in popular shows such as AS220's Empire Revue and Common Fence Point Music's annual Gathering of Fiddlers & Fishermen.

"Jacob Haller is not only a talented musician and songwriter, he's also a talented songwriter and musician."

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