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Jenny & the Ess-Dog
Stephen Malkmus Lyrics


Jennifer dates a man in a sixties cover band
He's the Ess-Dog, Sean if you wish
She's eighteen, he's thirty-one
She's a rich girl, he's a son of a Coca-Cola middle man

Kiss when they listen to "Brothers in Arms"
And if there's something wrong with this
They don't see the harm
In joining their forces and singing along

See those rings on her toes?
Check that frisbee and his Volvo
It's a Volvo with ancient plates
They've got a dog she named Trey
A retriever with a frayed bandana 'round his neck

Trey has a window into their relationship
The baby-talk voices and the post class A nasal trip
But it all seems to function
At least in the dog's mind

Let me out of here
Let me out of here
You got to let me out of here
You got to let me out of here
Let me out of here, out of here, out of here, out of here
Let me out of here
Running
Running
Running
Running

Jennifer left for school up in Boulder
And that Ess-Dog came to visit when he could
But the strain was too much
They could not make up for distance
And the distance between their years

Neither one listens to "Brothers in Arms"
And the Ess-Dog waits tables and he sold his guitar
Jenny pledged Kappa and she started Pre-Law
And off came those awful toe rings
Off came those awful toe rings

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Jennifer dates a man in a sixties cover band
He's the Ess-Dog, Sean if you wish
She's eighteen, he's thirty-one
She's a rich girl, he's a son of a Coca-Cola middle man

Kiss when they listen to "Brothers in Arms"
And if there's something wrong with this
They don't see the harm
In joining their forces and singing along

See those rings on her toes?
Check that frisbee and his Volvo
It's a Volvo with ancient plates
They've got a dog she named Trey
A retriever with a frayed bandana 'round his neck

Trey has a window into their relationship
The baby-talk voices and the post class A nasal trip
But it all seems to function
At least in the dog's mind

Let me out of here
Let me out of here
You got to let me out of here
You got to let me out of here
Let me out of here, out of here, out of here, out of here
Let me out of here
Running
Running
Running
Running

Jennifer left for school up in Boulder
And that Ess-Dog came to visit when he could
But the strain was too much
They could not make up for distance
And the distance between their years

Neither one listens to "Brothers in Arms"
And the Ess-Dog waits tables and he sold his guitar
Jenny pledged Kappa and she started Pre-Law
And off came those awful toe rings
Off came those awful toe rings



All comments from YouTube:

dnon75

I really admire people like Steve Malkmus. He is such a bright person who could have had a successful career in anything but he chose to make songs and videos of him running around indian statues with a lacrosse stick.

brotherbp

Did Stephen's mom write this?

Inmasj0ns

@Icu2_999_hotel_hotel technically native american

Icu2_999_hotel_hotel

aboriginal*

Furious Hawk

That's what Keeping it real means 😌

Stephen Hodson

I had no idea I would still be listening to Stephen Malkmus in 2017 when I went out on a limb as a 14 year old kid and bought Crooked Rain. Malkmus is easily one of my generation's best songwriters.

Puto Cracker

Why didn't you think you'd be listening? Did you ever stop listening to the fucking Beatles 50 years after they broke up? Maybe you don't fancy the Beatles. But pick one.

samuele chiarelli

Yeah because music today sucks and none came with interesting new things, no creativity, no real music

TheRandomCentral

Malkmus is a genius. Really, the guy hasn't ever released anything bad.

exexalien

Love this song. Picturing a guy who introduces himself to people as "the Ess-dog, or Sean if you wish" sets the scene for the rest of the song so perfectly, and from there it's just a matter of waiting for this summer fling to end (and for those awful toe rings to come off).    

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