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Dale Rose Origin: They Gotta Quit Kickin' My Dog Around (56* d) Lyr Add: THEY GOTTA QUIT KICKIN' MY DAWG AROUND 17 Sep 00

Well, here's one more. I recently ran across the sheet music and some additional information for THEY GOTTA QUIT KICKIN' MY DAWG AROUN'. The info is not exactly as Stewie quotes from Charles Wolfe, but I will give it in its entirety, without any comment as to authenticity. There is one obvious error in calling the author Mrs. William Stark rather than Mrs. John Stark. I did not find an author to attribute it to.
    "In 1912, Mrs. William Stark (of Stark Publishing) wrote the song for use in the campaign of Missouri's favorite son, Champ Clark, (Speaker of the House) for the presidential campaign. Clark was doing quite well before the Republican convention. Mrs. Stark, afraid of rejection because of being written by a woman, used the pseudonyms indicated above. The song made such an immediate hit that Witmark offered Stark ten thousand dollars for it and the offer was accepted. Unfortunately, not only did Clark's boom collapse on the convention floor, but THEY GOTTA QUIT KICKIN' MY DAWG AROUND fell flat as well. Furthermore, the payments were not met and resulted in a suit filed by Stark ending with the settlement in full. On a more positive 'note' (pun intended) however, the Second Missouri Infantry chose it as their marching song and adapted the Missouri Hound dawg as their logo and emblem."
I will post the sheet music version so you can compare it with the version posted by Stewie. It does have some differences besides the use of dialect, including six verses rather than five.

Words by Webb M. Oungst; music by Cy Perkins [Mrs. John Stark], 1912.
Copyright, 1912, by Stark Music Ptg. and Pub. Co.
Copyright assigned 1912 to M. Witmark & Sons.

1. Wunst me 'n' Lem Briggs 'n' ol' Bill Brown,
Tuk a load of cawn to town,
An' ol' Jim-dawg (the onry cuss)
He jes' nachelly follered us.

CHORUS: Ev'rytime I come to town,
The boys keep kickin' my dawg aroun';
Makes no dif'rence if he is a houn',
They gotta quit kickin' my dawg aroun'.

2. As we driv' past Sam Johnson's store,
Passel o' yapes kem out th' door,
When Jim he stops to smell a box,
They shied at him a bunch o' rocks. CHORUS

3. They tied a tin can to his tail,
An' run him a-past the county jail,
'N' that plumb nachelly makes me sore,
'N' Lem he cussed 'n' Bill he swore. CHORUS

4. Me 'n' Lem Briggs 'n' ol' Bill Brown,
We lost no time in a jumpin' dowon,
An' we wiped them ducks up on the groun'
Fer kickin' my ol' dawg aroun'. CHORUS

5. Folks say a dawg kain't hold no grudge,
But wunst, when I got too much budge,
Them town ducks tried to do me up,
But they didn't count on ol' Jim-pup. CHORUS

6. Jim seed his duty thar an' then,
An' he lit into them gentlemen,
And he shore mussed up the cote house square
With rags 'n' meat 'n' hide 'n' hair! CHORUS

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