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Shaggy Dog

Music/Lyrics: Sam “Lightnin’” Hopkins

Vocals: Trey

Original Artist: Sam Hopkins

Debut: 1986-10-15

Historian: Dan Mielcarz (ColForbin)

Last Update: 2012-06-23

"Shaggy Dog" – part of the Phish dog canon along with “Dog Log,” “No Dogs Allowed,” “Dogs Stole Things,” and “Runaway Jim” – was played on thirteen known occasions from ’86-’88, after which it disappeared. Many people assumed this fun Lightnin’ Hopkins cover was gone forever, or at least only played during soundcheck. After a long absence, an a cappella version was played on 5/6/92, and then it made another surprise appearance on 10/29/95

Nearly everyone in the Phish universe probably thought this was a tune that would never be played again, but as part of a quest to play 200 different songs in their 2012 summer tour, after a sixteen-year absence “Shaggy Dog” busted out of the pound in Cincinnati on 6/22/12. Taken together, these last three appearances means “Shaggy Dog” has three of the longest gaps between performances at 449, 359 and 574 shows respectively.

The most famous “Shaggy Dog” recording is no doubt the version played on 8/21/87 at Ian McLean’s Farm that contains a continuous refrain of barking dogs (one of them being Trey’s dog, Marley) in the background. Interestingly, the original Lightnin’ Hopkins version of this song is titled “Shaggy Dad,” but for whatever reason, Phish changed the title and the lyrics to “Shaggy Dog.”



"Shaggy Dog" 8/21/87, Hebron, NY

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Recommended Versions: 1986-10-31, 1987-08-21, 1992-05-06, 1995-10-29, 2012-06-22

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Jklinow Reply
Jklinow Bring it back.
such a fun little ditty.
bring it back
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FrictionSlide Reply
FrictionSlide @Jklinow said:
Bring it back.
such a fun little ditty.
bring it back
And brought back it has been, as of 6/22/12!
Score: 1
BigLski Reply
BigLski 05/06/1992 YEM> Shaggy Dog is one of those reminders that deep within your soul you love phish
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kipconner Reply
kipconner Where's the Soundcheck version of this from that shows upon LivePhish radio from time to time?
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Jklinow Reply
Jklinow @FrictionSlide said:
@Jklinow said:
Bring it back.
such a fun little ditty.
bring it back
And brought back it has been, as of 6/22/12!
Ive been waiting for that. I listened to the 8/21/87 version and thought, "they should bust this one out again. this is nice."
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