(Note: This is a new edition of a maxi-series originally published on another, now defunct website.)
In a conversation with Sarah Blacker, singer/songwriter for The Blacklisters, Blacker posed the question: “What’s your favorite song about a pet?” That was all it took to inspire this now resurrected series “Animal Tracks.” So, without further adieu, here is the newest sampling of beast ballads, creature cuts, and other assorted animal audios in a revamp of the old series:
“Mary Had a Little Lamb” — (Paul McCartney and) Wings
This tune was written by Paul McCartney and then-wife Linda and recorded by Wings. It was originally released as a non-album seven-inch single in March of 1972. The song is based on the classic nursery rhyme of the same name.
“Union of the Snake” — Duran Duran
Including this song might be a slight stretch but it’s the new wave band’s ninth single. It was also the lead single from the group’s third platter Seven and the Ragged Tiger which dropped in 1983. The cut became one of the band’s most popular tracks.
“Dead Skunk in the Middle of the Road” — Loudon Wainwright III
This song is perhaps his most popular one. It first appeared on the platter III which hit the record racks in 1972. The song was inspired by a flattened dead skunk the singer-songwriter spotted on some suburban New York road.
“The Animal Song” — Savage Garden
This cut was co-composed by Darren Hayes and Daniel Jones. Released in February of 1999, it was originally written for the soundtrack for the movie The Other Sister. It was also included on the band’s second studio release, Affirmation, and the act’s compilation disc, Truly Madly Completely: The Best of Savage Garden.
“Animals” –Maroon 5
This song was the second single from the American act’s fifth studio LP V. It dropped on August 25, 2014, and was co-written by Adam Levine, Benny Bianco and, Shellback. The lyrics draw a comparison between the speaker of the song and four-legged animals. It reached number three on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.