A Lighter Side of Country

When I was growing up, I thought the fun performers of country music were all on TV’s Hee Haw show. My father played many an 8-track tape of country song hits during our long car trips to Florida and the family cottage up North. Permanently ingrained into my faulty memory are numerous songs by Olivia Newton-John and Kenny Rogers. He also wore out The Eagles Greatest Hits and a multi-artist recording called the Green, Green Grass of Home. That was the limit and extent of my exposure to country music as a child. This explains why I have already posted a song by Buck Owens called Tiger By the Tail, an artist who remains one of my favourites to this day.

Recently, I have discovered a country artist called Billy Currington. None of the songs featured on his Vimeo revealed any serious subjects, but you never know what popularity can influence an artist to produce. The ukulele arrangement on the song below offers a new twist on the G chord, the variations of which need to be played in quick succession. I highly reccommend playing the G, G6 and G7 chords in the following finger positions:

G – (2) second finger on the second fret of the third string, (3) third or ring finger on the second fret of the first string, and baby finger on third fret, second string.

G6 – follows G in the song. Just lift off your baby finger, keep the 2nd and 3rd fingers exactly where they were.

G7 – follows G6! Just add your first finger to the first fret, second string, to form the traditional finger placements for the G7 chord.  We then go back down to G6 and back down to G from that position.

Hopefully, I have made it clear that your 2nd and 3rd fingers remain stationary for all 3 of those chords.

Also, the D7 played here is the Hawaiian D7 (2020), following the Am, so whatever finger you prefer to use to form Am can be left down while you play D7. Just sayin’.

Strum: I like to use a quick D! DuDuDuDu, emphasizing that first D like a hit.

 

I Want You to Love Me Like My Dog – Billy Currington

Intro:  G   G6   G7  G6  G   G6  G7  G6

[G] He never [G6] tells me that he’s [G7] sick of this [G6] house

[Am] He never [D7] says why don’t you [Am] get off that [D7] couch

[D] He don’t cost me [D7] nothing when he [D] wants to go out

[D] I want you to [D7] love me like my [G] dog! [G6] [G7] [G6]

[G] He never [G6] says I need a [G7] new atti-[G6]tude

[Am] Him and my [D7] sister ain’t al-[Am] ways in a [D7]feud

[D] When I leave the [D7] seat up he don’t [D] think that it’s [D7] rude

[D] I want you to [D7] love me like my [G] dog does, [G6] Baby

[Am] When I come [D7] home, I want you to [Am] just go [D7] crazy

[Am] He never [D7] looks at me like [D] he might hate me

[D] I want you to [D7] love me like my [G] dog! [G6]  [G7]  [G6]

[G] He never [G6] acts like he don’t [G7] care for my [G6] friends

[Am] He never [D7] asks me where in the [Am] hell have you [D7] been?

[D] He don’t play [D7] dead when I [D] wanna pet him

[D] I want you to [D7] love me like my [G] dog does, [G6] Honey

[Am] He never [D7] says “I wish you [D] made more money”

[D] He always [D7] thinks that “pull my [D]finger” is [D7] funny

[D] I want you to [D7] love me like my [G] dog! [G6]  [G7]  [G6]

[Bm] He don’t get mad at me and [Em] throw a major fit

[A] When I says his sister is,  a [D] bi – i-i -i -i –iitch….

[D] I want you to [D7] love me like my [G] dog does, [G6] Baby

[Am] When I come [D7] home, I want you to [Am] just go [D7] crazy

[Am] He never [D7] looks at me like [D] he might hate me

[D] I want you to [D7] love me like my [G] dog! [G6]  [G7]  [G6]

[G] I want you to [G6] love me like my [G7] dog does, [G6] Baby

[G] [G6]  [G7]  [G6]  [G]-1/

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