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Well, I took $15 to a casino, in Tama
And all I got back was a nickel
I put that nickel into a vending machine
And all I got out was a whistle
I blew that whistle loud and clear
And all I got was a stray dog
I put that dog in my car and took her home
And I named her..


Shelby Shelby
Show me that you need me
Shelby O Shelby
Come rest your head on my knee

Well, me and Shelby got along no doubt
I was gonna build her a house, I bought some lumber
But once I said, "Shelby, why don't you let yourself out?!"
And that I learned, was a blunder
Cuz Shelby's got a lot of pride
And she can't really take a joke
And she left me, must've been late at night
And she didn't even leave a note

Shelby Shelby
Well, it was all my fault, I grant you
Shelby O Shelby
If you come back I'll build you a dog mansion

Well, I learned three things that night in Tama
First, if you're a whiner and a grumbler
You might come to find, at the end of your complaining
All you got's a pile of lumber
And it's better to lose all $15, than to get heartache for a nickel
And you can't change the mind of a proud stray dog
No matter how hard you blow your whistle

Shelby Shelby
Now come on girl, quit your poutin'
Shelby O Shelby
Come back, I'll do all the lettin' outin'


from Sisterbones, released February 15, 2012


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