Mark Seymour – The Year of the Dog


Version Length Source Availability
Studio 4:01 Mark Seymour Westgate album. Moderately common. Available new in CD and digital form.
Live 3:50 Mark Seymour From Bondi to Bedlam album and video. Moderately common. Available new in CD, DVD and digital form.

Recommended Version.



Mark’s “Westgate” album track comments:

A cautionary tale of the love of drink.



The kids are nervous
You’re turning blue
What the hell is Mr Howard going to do
In a rush of blood at 10 in the morning?

Come on slowly
It takes a few years
What the hell, the bourbons and the beers
Come creeping up on you without any warning

Hey Mamma? What’s wrong with that?
Why does he look so sad?
But she doesn’t care anymore
He’s sleeping it off on the floor

Dr Jekyll and the poison crew
They really got a thing about you
You’re always good for a laugh
When you are on your way down

But who’s counting?
You don’t have a clue
It’s been a hard day and you do what you do
Everybody is surprised when your head hits the ground

The UDL’s and the chardonnay
They really take the end off the day
You’re facing your fears again
Drowning in your tears again

It’s only a means to an end
Killing the year of the dog

So where will you run to now?
But nobody showed you how
To find love in a dangerous world
La la la la la la la la la

Get over it now
It isn’t easy but I’ll show you how
To bore the hell out of everyone in the room

People care
But they run out of steam
Just keep repeating the same broken dream
Sooner or later they are going to run when they see you

I saw you coming
A mile away
Sorry to break it this way
They can smell it on you

Old Jack is a poisonous brew
Escaping the pores of your skin
God knows you can’t keep it in
Na na na na na na na na na

I know it’s hard
But you die on your own
Just take it easy
You’re almost home

To the only ones that can help you
In the year of the dog