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released January 31, 2009

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Matt Kresling Los Angeles, California

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Track Name: Year of the Dog
Look how well a dog can impersonate a man and learn a set of rules and seem by sheer obediency to rise to great success; it wouldn't matter if he ran through a maze or for the presidency. Give him a reward, the one who best remembers all the platitudes,
the master of etcetera, acquired at the School of Pate de Fois Gras. You may already recognize
your ideal son-in-law? Look how well the dogs have risen, every one of them, to greatness, the standard now for greatness being someone with whom you can have a beer. Man of the year, year of the dog, man of the year. And when it's time to factor out who's best, which actor will it be? These are their days the dogs are having now. These are their days the dogs are having now.
These are their days.

Drawing to the close
of a catastrophic term,
the man of the year proposed
that he assume the mantle
permanently.

The electorate rose
and then began
barking their approval of his well-tailored
clothes.

But this can’t last.
Their fall is near.
This time next year,
I’ll be nostalgic for the past
when it’s the year of the pig.

Oh, have I mentioned whom we’ll toast that year?
Only the most conventional prigs.

These are their days the dogs are having now. These are their days the dogs are having now.
These are their days.