Hey Bulldog
The Beatles Lyrics


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Sheepdog, standing in the rain
Bullfrog, doing it again
Some kind of happiness is
Measured out in miles
What makes you think you're
Something special when you smile

Childlike no one understands
Jackknife in your sweaty hands
Some kind of innocence is
Measured out in years
You don't know what it's like
To listen to your fears

You can talk to me
You can talk to me
You can talk to me
If you're lonely, you can talk to me

Big man (yeah) walking in the park
Wigwam frightened of the dark
Some kind of solitude is
Measured out in you
You think you know me, but you haven't got a clue

You can talk to me
You can talk to me
You can talk to me
If you're lonely, you can talk to me

Hey hey

Roar

Hey, bulldog (hey bulldog)

Woof

Hey, bulldog
Hey, bulldog
Hey, bulldog

Hey man

Whats up brother?

Roof

What do ya say

I say, roof

You know any more?

Ah ah (you got it, that's it, you had it)
That's it man, wo ho, that's it, you got it

Woah

Look at me man, I only had ten children

Ah ah ah ah ah ah ha ha ha ha
Quiet, quiet (ok)




Quiet
Hey, bulldog, hey bulldog

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of "Hey Bulldog" by the Beatles are often interpreted as a message of support and encouragement to those who feel lonely, misunderstood or frightened. The verses describe different characters, such as a sheepdog in the rain or a big man walking in the park, all facing some kind of difficulty or insecurity. The chorus reassures them that they can talk to the singer, that they are not alone and that there is someone who will listen to their fears and problems. The bridge of the song features a dialogue between John Lennon and Paul McCartney, where they playfully improvise animal sounds and silly phrases, adding to the playful and spontaneous energy of the track. The overall impression is that of a friendly and inclusive invitation to connect with others and share one's struggles, rather than bottling them up.


One interesting fact about "Hey Bulldog" is that it was recorded during the same sessions as other Beatles classics such as "Lady Madonna" and "The Inner Light", but it was originally intended as a B-side and was not included in the album "Yellow Submarine" until its 1999 reissue. Another fact is that the song features a prominent piano riff played by John Lennon, who was inspired by the sound of a clavichord and intentionally played a "dirty" and distorted version of it to create a rough texture. The piano part is often considered one of the highlights of the song and has been praised for its energy and originality. The lyrics, while often cryptic and surreal, have been interpreted by some scholars as reflecting the band's struggles with fame and artistic identity, as they faced increasing pressure from the media, fans and each other.


Other interesting facts about "Hey Bulldog" include that it was one of the few Beatles songs to feature a co-writing credit between Lennon and McCartney, and that it was recorded during a period of great tension and strife within the band, as they were beginning to drift apart and develop different interests and personalities. Despite this, the song has been praised for its upbeat and collaborative spirit, as well as its catchy melody and playful lyrics. The chorus in particular has been noted for its simple and effective hook, which encourages the audience to sing and shout along. The song has been covered by numerous artists, including Alice Cooper, Oasis and Foo Fighters, and has been featured in various films and TV shows, such as "Yellow Submarine" and "The Simpsons". The chords to the song, which can be played on guitar or piano, include E, A, D, and G, with variations and embellishments in the chorus and bridge.


Line by Line Meaning

Sheepdog, standing in the rain
A sheepdog, which is typically protective and loyal, is standing out in the rain, indicating that it is waiting for its owner to return or worried about its owner who may be caught in the rain.


Bullfrog, doing it again
A bullfrog, which is known for its loud croak, is making the same sound again and again, indicating that it is trying to grab attention or assert its dominance.


Some kind of happiness is Measured out in miles
Happiness is not just a momentary feeling, but it can be measured in terms of the distance one travels in pursuit of things that bring joy and contentment in life.


What makes you think you're Something special when you smile
The lyrics question why people feel special or powerful just by smiling when it is merely a social gesture and not a true expression of one's inner self.


Childlike no one understands
The true nature of a child is often misunderstood, suggesting that as people grow older, they become less transparent and open to interpretation.


Jackknife in your sweaty hands
Holding a jackknife in sweaty hands is a sign of anxiety, nervousness, or fear, implying that the person is struggling with some internal conflict or dilemma.


Some kind of innocence is Measured out in years
Innocence is something that can be measured in terms of the number of years a person has spent untouched by the harsh realities of life.


You don't know what it's like To listen to your fears
Only a person who has listened to their own fears and confronted them can understand the fear that grips others and relates to them.


You can talk to me You can talk to me You can talk to me If you're lonely, you can talk to me
The lyrics reassure the listener that they can always talk to someone when they feel lonely, and that someone will always be there to listen to them.


Big man (yeah) walking in the park Wigwam frightened of the dark
The lyrics contrast the confident, self-assured demeanor of a big man walking in the park with the fear and insecurity displayed by a wigwam, or teepee, which is afraid of the dark.


Some kind of solitude is Measured out in you
Solitude is a state of mind and is not dependent on one's external circumstances or surroundings. It can be measured by one's level of self-awareness and introspection.


You think you know me, but you haven't got a clue
The lyrics suggest that others may think they know someone, but they are clueless about that person's true nature or feelings, implying that one's inner self is often hidden from others.


Hey, bulldog (hey bulldog) Woof Hey, bulldog Hey, bulldog Hey, bulldog
The lyrics are a playful interplay between The Beatles and a bulldog, which responds to their calls with barks or woofs, indicating a desire for interaction and fun.


Hey man Whats up brother? Roof What do ya say I say, roof You know any more? Ah ah (you got it, that's it, you had it) That's it man, wo ho, that's it, you got it Woah
The lyrics are a humorous conversation between The Beatles and the bulldog, where they try to converse with it using its language, but ultimately realize that communication is not possible. The dog's barks and howls are interpreted as an indication of excitement and joy.


Ah ah ah ah ah ah ha ha ha ha Quiet, quiet (ok) Quiet Hey, bulldog, hey bulldog
The lyrics are a playful exchange between The Beatles, the dog, and the recording crew, where they encourage the dog to bark louder and create a joyful noise. Finally, they ask for quiet as they conclude the song with the refrain 'Hey, bulldog'.




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: JOHN LENNON, PAUL MCCARTNEY

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Most interesting comments from YouTube:

@rafaellaguedes7974

HEY BULLDOG, YELLOW SUBMARINE, 1968

Sheepdog
Standing in the rain
Bullfrog
Doing it again

Somekind of happiness is measured out in miles
What makes you think you're something special when you smile?

Childlike
No one understands
Jack knife
In his sweaty hands

Somekind of innocence is measured out in years
You don't know what it's like to listen to your fears

You can talk to me
You can talk to me
You can talk to me
If you're lonely you can talk to me

Big man walking in the park
Wigwam frightened of the dark
Somekind of solitude is measured out in you
You think you know me but you haven't got a clue

You can talk to me
You can talk to me
You can talk to me
If you're lonely you can talk to me

Hey bulldog
Hey bulldog
Hey bulldog
Hey bulldog



@boneappletea3858

Sheepdog
Standing in the rain
Bullfrog
Doing it again
Some kind of happiness is measured out in miles
What makes you think you're something special when you smile?
Child-like
No one understands
Jack knife
In your sweaty hands
Some kind of innocence is measured out in years
You don't know what it's like to listen to your fears
You can talk to me
You can talk to me
You can talk to me
If you're lonely, you can talk to me
Big man (yeah)
Walking in the park
Wigwam
Frightened of the dark
Some kind of solitude is measured out in you
You think you know me, but you haven't got a clue
You can talk to me
You can talk to me
You can talk to me
If you're lonely, you can talk to me
Wahoo woof! Woof!
Hey bulldog! Hey bulldog!
Hey bulldog! Hey bulldog!
Hey man, what's that boy?
Woof!
What do you say?
I said, "Woof!"
You know anymore?
Wooaah ha-ha-ha!
You've got it, that's it, you had it!
That's it, man, woo!
That's it! You've got it!
Don't look at me man, I only have ten children
Ah ho! Ha ha ha ha ha ha!
Quiet boy, quiet!
Okay, quiet!
Hey bulldog!
Hey bulldog!



All comments from YouTube:

@tms6279

When you see John and Paul interacting, laughing and smiling... Well. all is right with the world.

@TheTherams1

Yes very true, these happy times to be cherished. Love, Peace and Happiness..

@tavs4106

l e t s t a k e o u r f r i e n d s t o b e d

@phila3884

Maybe the last example of band harmony- check out the live video of "Don't Let me Down" from the rooftop concert.

@waynej2608

@@phila3884 and One After 909.

@stephenstrang590

@@phila3884 the glorious rooftop concert, last time lennon and mccartney were boys

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@EDeeire

I love this song because according to Paul, the time while creating this song was some happiest times of the band

@ArmanBaig

That seems right. They had no stress of touring, and this was before rishikesh, so they hadn’t formed the cracks and arguments that they did. They were allowed to be as free, creative, and happy as they wanted.

@Amquacktador

Good thing, because the months after this were actually the beginning of their career ending :(

@prodigygetgud7921

@David Hargreaves HAHAHA

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