Carlene Thissen

Carlene Thissen

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Folk - Contemporary | Naples, Florida, United States
Total Song Plays: 7,557   
Member Since: 2006
   Last Login: over 30 days ago
   Sounds Like: Alison Krauss, Joan Baez

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Plays:

130

Song Description

Story of a homeless veteran who lives in the streets with his dog. In an otherwise tragic situation, the dog comforts the man and helps him live, and the man loves the dog, so the situation is somehow better.

Story Behind the Song

We've always been moved by lost, homeless men, and recently saw photographs that were so touching that they inspired this song. I have used this in a homelessness awareness program, where I stopped with each verse and the woman who teaches the children asked them questions about the story.

Lyrics

STRAYS
Carlene Thissen and Barbara Meyers
COUPLE OF STRAYS
Carlene Thissen and Barbara Meyers, copyright 2012 4/4 or 2/2


VERSE 1
He'd like to work but his mind goes blank
So our sign just says, "Please help us, thanks."
His tattered life is filled with patches
Old battle scars and a few new scratches

CHORUS -
We're just a couple of strays
on the sidewalk, every day
There's a shelter, but I can't go
He won't leave me here alone
Someone drops a dollar in our pail
He nods his thanks, I wag my tail

VERSE 2

I nudge him up when it's time to eat
We head for the dumpster at the café down the street
Everything we own is stuffed in our cart
My favorite bone, his purple heart

CHORUS

BRIDGE

We sleep in the alley, huddled close
Last year I swear we almost froze
Sometimes at night he wakes and screams
Someday I'll bite what's in my dreams

CHORUS - ABRUPT KEY CHANGE TO A

We're just a couple of strays
on the sidewalk, every day
There's a shelter, but I can't go
He won't leave me here alone
Someone drops a dollar in our pail
He nods his thanks, I wag my tail

CODA: / VAMP

Song Length
2:43
Genres
Folk - General, Folk - Country
Tempo / Feel
Medium (111 - 130)
Lead Vocal
Female Vocal
Moods
Moving, Passive

Subject Matter
Dogs, Recovery

Similar Artists
Sarah Mclachlan, Alison Krauss
Language
English
Era
2000 and later

Lyric Credits Carlene Thissen, Barbara Meyers
Music Credits Carlene Thissen
Performance Credits Carlene Thissen