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Animal Tracks: Origins

(Note: This is a new edition of a maxi-series originally published on another, now defunct website.)

In a conversation with independent singer/songwriter Sarah Blacker, 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:

“A Wolf At The Door” — Radiohead

This song is a track off the Brit band’s Hail to the Thief platter. It dropped in June 2003. The composition is credited to the entire band with lyrics by Thom Yorke. The titular “Wolf” and “Three Little Pigs” references are examples of several fairy tale references used.

“Black Horse And The Cherry Tree” — KT Tunstall

This is the lead single from the Scottish singer-songwriter’s debut disc, Eye to the Telescope. Like numerous other songs, it utilizes the well-known Bo Diddley beat which is taken from the influential 1955 tune named after him. The album hit the record racks in February of 2005.

“Alley Cat” — Bent Fabric

This is actually an instrumental. It’s also known as “The Alley Cat” and “Alleycat.” It was composed and recorded by Danish composer and pianist Bent Fabricius-Bjerre. It was written under the pen name Frank Björn and first released in 1962. The work definitely evokes a feline image in the listener’s mind.

“Me and My Monkey” — Robbie Williams

This cut is off the Brit singer-songwriter’s fifth solo CD, Escapology. The album dropped in 2002. The track topped the charts in eight countries. Williams told a girl in Singapore he could write a song for her in an afternoon. She chose “monkey and rollerblades” as subjects.

“The Great Cock and Seagull Race” — (Paul McCartney and) Wings

This McCartney composition is actually from the Ram sessions. It was first heard on the radio in 1971 to help promote the Wild Life LP. The song was next chosen as the B-side to “Hi, Hi, Hi” but was replaced by “C Moon.” Its first official appearance was on the 2012 Ram – Archive Collection.

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