it was 12/2010 and I was at a crossroad.in the 3 years since I came back from the psych ward, my bipolar/major depressive disorder was under decent control. 6 months prior, I was diagnosed with the polycythemia vera, the first stage of cancer. i wasn’t worried about that then (and still not worried). they therapeutically removed 37 pints of blood in the 1st 15 or s weeks, leaving me weakened and getting no results so I stopped going.
I was on JDub Records and was working on my 19th album, “The Rabbi Is Dead” (no reference to mortality of mine anyway.) I was still distraught over the untimely death of my 2nd puppy, Midnite Buttons who had passed suddenly tat past August 5. 4 days later, we adopted a beautiful flat coated retriever dog named Mori Midnite Buttons. she was 10 years old then, but very healthy. she gave us 3 1/2 wonderful years. I always worried about her.
I wrote the lyrics to ‘3 little puppies’. it read more as a children’s story than a bombastic punk number. I put down the tracks and looked at the cute green kid’s 6-string guitar. in 19 albums,i never ever used a 6-string, I played all the chords and leads on the bass. i picked up this little green guitar and tried to distort it, but whatever I did, it would come out sounding like a surf guitar. it sounded cool. I added it to the rest of the album.
i’m redoing it for my 31st, ‘ the 2nd King of Jewish Punk.’ i’ll share that with ya’s tomorrow. ok, i’m getting real tired now. here are the words. love ya’s.
Story Behind the Song
SONG OF LOSS for my 2 puppies who passed, and my 3rd one was adapted at 10
Three little puppies resting in the sun
Little Midnite just 6, Buttons-21
Mori, the only puppy still with me
In dog years about 60 or 73.
Three little puppies as I open the fridge
Midnite and Buttons on the rainbow bridge
Mori begs for a tasty treat
she gives me a paw, she knows how to speak
LITTLE PUPPY PLAY IN THE AUTUMN LEAVES
FOR OUR TIME ON EARTH IS WAY TOO BRIEF
FROM THE RAINBOW BRIDGGE, CAN’T YOU HEAR ME WEEP
SINCE YOU WENT AWAY,I’M OVERCOME WITH GRIEF
Three little puppies laying in the shade
Got one little puppy and two puppy graves
Midnite and Buttons have a memorial den
it says “2004 to 2010”
Buttons lived to see a good old age
Midnite’s life was just a turn of a page
Mori now, she’s turning gray
she needs a nap right after she plays