Hey, George! You're a real cool dogHey, George! What else could you be?Hey, George! You're a real cool dogAnd now you're dancing better than me
The second and fourth lines vary after each verse, but "Hey, George! You're a real cool dog" is a constant.
I had been discussing George in the context of Tintin's dog Snowy, so it occurred to me that a "real cool" dog could also mean a dog that's cold, like snow.
And this made me think of the 2003 Outkast song "Hey Ya!" -- these lines in particular.
Now, what cooler than being cool?Ice cold!I can't hear ya! I say what's, what's cooler than being cool?Ice cold!
The chorus goes like this:
Hey ya!(oh, oh) Hey ya!(oh, oh)Hey ya!(oh, oh) Hey ya!(oh, oh)Hey ya!(oh, oh) Hey ya!(oh, oh)
From "Hey Ya! (oh oh)" it is but a short jump to the 2006 Red Hot Chili Peppers hit "Snow (Hey Oh)." The chorus:
Hey ohListen what I say, ohCome back and hey ohLook here what I say ohThe more I see, the less I knowThe more I like to let it goHey oh, whoa, whoa, whoa
That "whoa, whoa, whoa" brings us back to Tintin's dog Snowy, who for some reason barks that way rather than saying something more traditional like "woof" or "bow wow."
(When I was a child, there was some dispute as to whether Snowy's barking was to be pronounced "whoa" or "woo-ah"; I was and remain in the former camp.)
The "Snow (Hey Oh)" line "Listen what I say, oh" echoes the "Hey Ya!" line "Y'all don't want to hear me, ya just want to dance" -- which brings us back to George the dancing dog.
While we're on the subject of snow-and-ice songs with "hey"-heavy choruses, let's not forget "Hey Jude."
For well you know that it's a fool who plays it coolBy making his world a little colder.
Well, you know that it's a Fool.
Aren't those snowy mountains in the background?