# 23 The Puppy Song (You and I)

Puppy pic for puppy single music email

The Puppy Song (You and I) is the first single off of my album of fun music for everybody, The Grumpytime Club, which will be out in May 2020!

Please check out the video on YouTube

This tune is an upbeat sing-along with an infectious chorus about the joys of friendship, loving puppies, and just being yourself.  This song was inspired by my piano student, Madelyn Schott, 7 at the time, who mostly just wanted to chant “puppy, puppy, puppy” while we improvised on the piano.  It was so much fun, I decided to add a melody and lyrics and turn it into a song! She’s listed as a co-writer as the song would not have existed without her.

The song was recorded at Northfire Studio in Amherst, MA, engineered and co-produced by Garrett Sawyer.  Garrett’s daughter’s, Ajika and Samara (aka The Swamp Sisters), both played on the song.  Ajika, 12 at the time, played bass on the track and sang harmony vocals. Her nine-year-old sister, Samara Sawyer, played trombone and also sang harmonies.  Their friends Sita and Amrita Rutter sang on the chorus; Sita, who was 8 at the time, is the one whose voice you hear in the middle of the tune.

The video was filmed mostly in one day in summer 2018, in Wendell, Shutesbury, Montague, and Sunderland, MA, by Tom Adams of Reel Life Video productions.  It was a gorgeous day and the weather was perfect.  We started at 9 in the morning and literally spent the whole day driving around Franklin County filming kids and puppies.  First stop was the home of German Shephard breeder Bren Carey whose beautiful dog Leta, had just had a litter of adorable, sleek black puppies.  My cousin, Zoe, came along and was completely smitten. 

Next, we went to the Conservation Area in Montague and dropped in on an impromptu gathering of Montague residents and their dogs.  Tom set up a ladder and filmed “aerial views” of the dogs joyfully romping in the water.  Thanks to my buddy Jane Stephenson for wrangling all her dog-loving friends! 

Then it was up the road to Wendell to film a gang of summer kids dancing with Shamala the dog, playing instruments in the Sawyer’s backyard, and running in the Fisk Pond meadow.

The last stop of the day was Heroes, Horses, and Hounds Rescue Shelter in Sunderland.  HHH is run by the impressive Colleen Campbell and it’s mission is to provide refuge for discarded farm animals and pets.  There we filmed an adorable litter of 3-week-old puppies, plus a saucy miniature pony named Serena.  For more information about Heroes, Horses, and Hounds:  

Lastly, I filmed some extra footage of Sebastian Stinson and Abdi Byl-Brann playing with puppy Acorn at the beautiful Lake Tully Campground in Orange.

The Puppy Song (You and I)
By Carrie Ferguson and Madelyn Schott
copyright 2018

You and I were walking and I was feeling sad
You told me you love me and that made me feel glad
You said we should sing a song about something that I love
‘Cuz you know there is one thing that I’m always thinking of

Puppy puppy puppy puppy
Puppy puppy puppy puppy
Puppy puppy puppy puppy
Doggy doggy doggy doggy

You and I were talking and you were feeling bad
You said this was the worst day that you had ever had
I said we should sing a song about our favorite things
So we filled up our lungs with air and we began to sing

Puppy puppy puppy puppy
Puppy puppy puppy puppy
Puppy puppy puppy puppy
Doggy doggy doggy doggy

We don’t have to win a race
We don’t have to be the best
We just get to play and play
And then we get to rest

Puppy puppy puppy puppy
Puppy puppy puppy puppy
Puppy puppy puppy puppy
Doggy doggy doggy doggy

Puppy puppy puppy puppy
Puppy puppy puppy puppy
Puppy puppy puppy puppy
Doggy doggy doggy doggy

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