Ukulele serenade series: “Call Me a Dog”

This is part of a daily uke notation series released in advance of Valentine’s Day 2020. I have plans to do this in advance of other holidays and sabats, so if you have recommendations please let me know.

Feel like you don’t measure up? I’ve got the song for you.

“Call Me a Dog” is a bluesy ballad off of Temple of the Dog’s 1991 self titled album. The lyrics flirt with feelings of inadequacy in a relationship while maintaining a bit of soft wonder toward the connection.

The song is incredibly relatable to anyone that feels at a disadvantage with someone close to their heart and it’s classic Chris Cornell vocal style so it’s rough and beautiful and absolutely amazing.

As usual, we’re working with a concert ukulele tuned to GCEA.

So, let’s get into the chords.

Chords

Am

A|-0-|A
E|-0-|E
C|-0-|C
G|-2-|A

G

A|-2-|B
E|-3-|G
C|-2-|D
G|-0-|G

D

A|-0-|A
E|-2-|F#
C|-2-|D
G|-2-|A

C

A|-3-|C
E|-0-|E
C|-0-|C
G|-0-|G

Em

A|-2-|B
E|-3-|G
C|-4-|E
G|-0-|G

F

A|-0-|A
E|-1-|F
C|-0-|C
G|-2-|A

Csus4

A|-3-|C
E|-1-|F
C|-0-|C
G|-0-|G

E7

A|-2-|B
E|-0-|E
C|-2-|D
G|-1-|G#

Verses

First verse

Am             G                  D   C
 You call me a dog, well, that's fair enough
Am                  G      D             C
 'Cause it ain't no use to pretend you're wrong
Am               D              Em   F
 When you call me out, I can't hide anymore
Am         G                      Em
 I have no disguise you can't see through

Second verse

Am                G            D          C
 You say it's bad luck to have fallen for me
Am          G      D                C
 What can I say to make it good for you?
Am          D            Em         F
 You wore me out like an old winter coat
Am            G             Em 
 Trying to be safe from the cold 

Third verse

Am               G               D           C
 You tell me I'm low cause I've slept on the floor
Am              G              D               C
 And out in the woods with the badgers and the wolves
Am           D                  Em          F
 You threw me out 'cause I went digging for gold
Am                      G       Em
 And I came home with a hand of coal

Chorus

              C Csus4 C                 G
But when it's my time to throw the next stone
              D     Am                G
I'll call you beautiful if I call at all
       E7
Oooh, you call me a dog

Ending the song

“Call Me a Dog” has a stand-out bridge and solo section, but I find that it doesn’t translate well in a chill ukulele arrangement.

The way I play the song calls to play the chorus twice after the first verse and adding a concluding Am at the end.

              C Csus4 C                 G
But when it's my time to throw the next stone
              D     Am                G
I'll call you beautiful if I call at all
       E7               Am
Oooh, you call me a dog

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