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Tuesday, July 02, 2002

Shoot the Dog...
George Michael's new single Shoot the Dog is due to be released soon. It was delayed so the video would be ready at the same time. First play on the radio should be today. And part of the lyrics are from The Human League's Love Action. The song is a typical George Michael dance track - upbeat, catchy and toe-tapping. But the lyrics are, not to put too fine a point on it, controversial.

The video has had lots of hype already with articles in the Guardian and many other papers. George Michael has been doing exclusive interviews and quotes for the Daily Mirror who have been running the story all week. In fact one reason why the Daily Mirror has had the exclusive is because the single's cover includes a front page of the Daily Mirror, headlined Howdy Poodle, criticising the Prime Minister's apparent sucking up to President Bush.

Here are the lyrics as printed in the Sunday Mirror

Shoot The Dog

GTi, Hot Shot,
He parks it there, just to piss me off.
Bullyboy, gonna show ya who's tough,
I'm gonna shoot the dog,
I'm gonna shoot the dog

It's party time, everyday
I spent Saturday night on Novocaine
Called the pigs, but nobody came
I'm gonna shoot the dog,
I'm gonna shoot the dog... (come on ladies)

Nine nine nine gettin' jiggy
People did you see that fire in the city?
It's like we're fresh out of democratic,
Gotta get yourself a little
something semi-automatic yeah...

That's why I'm always gettin' stoned yeah
That's why I'm out there havin' fun again
Good puppy, good puppy
Rollin on over...

Mustapha
Mazeltov,
The Gaza Boys,
All that holy stuff.
I got the feelin'' when it all goes off,
They're gonna shoot the dog,
they're gonna shoot the dog.

So, Cherie my dear,
Could you leave the way clear for sex tonight?
Tell him "Tony Tony Tony,
I know that you're horny,
but there's somethin' bout that Bush ain't right"

Nine nine nine gettin jiggy,
People did you see that fire in the city?
It's like we're fresh out of democratic,
Gotta get yourself a little
something semi-automatic yeah...

That's why I'm always gettin' stoned yeah
That's why I'm out there havin' fun again,
Good puppy, good puppy,
Rollin' on over for The Man...

The Ayatollah's gettin' bombed yeah,
See Sergeant Bilko having fun again,
Good puppy, good puppy
Rollin on over for The Man....

I believe, I believe what the old man said
Though I know that there's no lord above
I believe in me, I believe in you
And you know I believe in love
I believe in truth though I lie a lot
I feel the pain from the push and shove
No matter what you put me through
I''ll still believe in love
And I say

Cherie Baby, Spliff up
I wanna kick back mama
And watch the World Cup with ya baby
Yeah, That's right!
We're getting freeky tonight
Stay with me tonight
Let's have some fun while Tony's Stateside
It's gonna be alright
It's gonna be alright
See Tony dancing with Dubya
Don't you wanna know why?

(Copyright George Michael)

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