Old Blue
Tom Russell Lyrics


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Well, I had an old dog and his name was Blue,
Had an old dog and his name was Blue.
Had an old dog and his name was Blue...
Betcha five dollars he's a good dog too...
"Here old Blue"
"Good dog you"

Well, I shouldered my axe and I tooted my horn,
Went to find 'possum in the new-grown corn.
Old Blue treed and I went to see,
Blue had 'possum up a tall oak tree.
Mmm, boy I roast'd 'possum, nice and brown,
Sweet po-ta-toes, n' all a-round...
And to say "Here old Blue (here-boy)
You can have some too"

Now, Old Blue died and he died so hard,
Made a big dent in my back-yard.
Dug his grave with a silver spade,
Lowered him down with a link of chain.
Ev-er-why link I did call his name...
Singing "Hereâ?¦old...Blue-ue...
"Good dog you"

Now, when I get to heaven, first thing I'll do.
When I get to heaven, first thing 'awm do.
When I get to heaven first thing I'll do,
Pull out my horn and call old Blue...
I'll say, "Here Old Blue come-on dog"
"Good dog you."

I'll say, "Here Blue-e"




"I'm a coming there too"
"Down boy... good dog"

Overall Meaning

Tom Russell's song "Old Blue" is a tribute to a loyal dog who has since passed away. The song begins with Blue's introduction, who happens to be an old dog that the singer values very much. The singer further asserts that Blue is a good dog and gives the audience an opportunity to bet five dollars on whether he is or isn't. The song then delves into a story where the singer takes his ax and horn to search for possum in the new-grown corn. After Blue treed the possum up a long oak tree, the singer roasted it to a crispy brown to enjoy alongside sweet potatoes. He extends an invitation to share his meal with Blue and calls him to come and have some too.


Towards the end of the song, the singer announces that Old Blue has died, and it was a tough loss for him, leaving a big dent in his backyard. He dug his grave with a silver spade and lowered him down with a link of chain and sang out his name with each link. Concluding the song, the singer imagines heaven and the first thing he'll do is pull out his horn and call Old Blue to come. He tells Blue that he'll be right there and encourages him to stay calm by saying "Down boy... good dog."


Line by Line Meaning

Well, I had an old dog and his name was Blue,
I used to have a dog named Blue


Had an old dog and his name was Blue.
I really loved that dog named Blue


Had an old dog and his name was Blue...
Blue was more than just a dog to me


Betcha five dollars he's a good dog too...
I'm so sure Blue was a great dog that I'd bet money on it


"Here old Blue"
I used to call out to Blue like this to get his attention


"Good dog you"
I'd tell Blue he was a good boy when he came to me


Well, I shouldered my axe and I tooted my horn,
I picked up my axe and blew my horn to signal that I was going hunting


Went to find 'possum in the new-grown corn.
My goal was to find a possum in a cornfield


Old Blue treed and I went to see,
Blue chased the possum up a tree and I followed him


Blue had 'possum up a tall oak tree.
The possum was hiding in a tall oak tree and Blue found it


Mmm, boy I roast'd 'possum, nice and brown,
After I caught the possum, I cooked it to a perfect brown color


Sweet po-ta-toes, n' all a-round...
I had some sweet potatoes with the possum for a complete meal


And to say "Here old Blue (here-boy)
I'd share my meal with Blue and call him over like this


You can have some too"
I'd make sure Blue got his share of the food as well


Now, Old Blue died and he died so hard,
Unfortunately, Blue died suddenly and it was hard on me


Made a big dent in my back-yard.
When Blue died, I buried him in my backyard and it left a big hole


Dug his grave with a silver spade,
I wanted to give Blue a proper burial with a silver spade


Lowered him down with a link of chain.
I lowered Blue's body into the grave with a chain


Ev-er-why link I did call his name...
As I lowered Blue's body, I called out his name with every link of the chain


Singing "Here…old…Blue-ue...
I sang to Blue as I buried him, calling out his name like I used to


"Good dog you"
I wanted to let Blue know that he was still a good boy, even in death


Now, when I get to heaven, first thing I'll do.
When I die and go to heaven, the first thing I'll do is look for Blue


When I get to heaven, first thing 'awm do.
Above all else, reuniting with Blue is my top priority in heaven


When I get to heaven first thing I'll do,
I won't waste any time before searching for Blue in heaven


Pull out my horn and call old Blue...
I'll call out to Blue with my horn so he knows I'm looking for him


I'll say, "Here Old Blue come-on dog"
I'll use the same words I always used to call Blue to me


"Good dog you."
Even in heaven, I'll still see Blue as a good dog


I'll say, "Here Blue-e"
I'll keep calling out to Blue until he comes to me in heaven


"I'm a coming there too"
I'll reassure Blue that I'm on my way to him in heaven


"Down boy... good dog"
Finally reunited with Blue, I'll give him orders like I always did, but with love and gratitude




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Written by: TOM RUSSELL

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