Interpretations:Youth Culture Killed My Dog

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Interpretation 1[edit | edit source]

A couple of things I observed while listening to this song:

Youth culture killed my dog
And I don't think it's fair
And his suicide can be justified
By the tastemakers, how they cried and cried so

Suicide is the key word. Youth culture didn't directly kill the dog; the dog committed suicide. Therefore, either the dog is a member of the youth culture, or the youth culture inspired the dog to kill himself. Later, when the singer is singing "I don't understand what you did to my dog," that either means he's speaking directly to the dead dog, because of the suicide, or it means he's blaming the youth culture for the dog's suicide.

During the second verse of the "Bacharach and David" line, it sounds like it's saying "Bacharach and David, I used to write his favorite songs." Therefore, you might be able to say that Bacharach And David could be considered another nickname of They Might Be Giants. They are very capable of writing people's favorite songs. --My Evil Twin's Twin 14:16, June 26, 2004

Maybe he wasn't inspired to kill himself, and just killed himself because he hated the youth culture. I don't know. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Nabooic (talkcontribs) 00:03, July 6, 2004
(Burt) Bacharach and (Hal) David are actual songwriters. Thanks, though, I never knew what he was saying there.
Perhaps he's saying the dog was a rather staid sort who liked the mid-60's soph-pop of Bach/Dav, and hence could not hang with the "hip hop/white funk" contemporaneous in the youth culture of the 80's. --Anazgnos 15:21, 19 Jun 2006 (MDT)

Interpretation 2[edit | edit source]

Well, "(insert thing here) killed my dog" is a common (and darkly humorous) exaggeration to convey dislike towards that thing. Another variation is "(insert thing here) killed my father and raped my mother." I think John and John just wanted to write a silly song revolving around this statement. It's clever song, with appropriate jabs at the fads of the mid '80's. --Rocker 13:44, June 2, 2006

Interpretation 3[edit | edit source]

A great joke about the constant diversification of popular culture into more and more genres. Flans at his best, back when his lyrics were better than Linnell's. One wishes his more recent efforts had the kick that this early effort undoubtedly does.

(Mr Tuck) 13:14, November 6, 2006

Interpretation 4[edit | edit source]

I think that someone forced the dog, who lived a carefree and happy life listening to Bacharach and David, to listen to music from the youth culture. The music was so horrible that the dog commited suicide to escape it's torture. --Geo 20:29, 15 May 2007 (UTC)

Interpretation 5[edit | edit source]

the seemingly only time there's an interps page with only thoughts of what the Johns meant for the narrator, you all just had to miss one of the only times in the giants' career where it's very obviously just an autobiographical song. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 67.166.167.126 (talkcontribs) 01:39, June 9, 2009

Interpretation 6[edit | edit source]

There's an article[1] on The Flying News that interprets this song as a lament of animal suicide. Whether John or John had a real, personal experience with it, it seems they are trying to raise awareness of a problem towards which many have hardened their hearts. --Jim, 20:41 November 6, 2014

Interpretation 7[edit | edit source]

I've always interpreted this song as a kid grossly misunderstanding when hearing that euthanasia killed his dog. The kid overhears his parents talking about the dog being "euthenized," the kid hears "youthenized," and he imagines youth culture killing his dog.