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My wife found a little framed version of this poem years ago, and we both loved it, and found it consoling when one of our many pets died (we had a lot of them over the years!), so I wrote this little tune for it, but so far, after much googling, I haven't been able to find out who wrote it- I'll stay on the trail until I do! Update: the 1926 copyright on the picture we had is held by K.S. Rankin, but I'm not sure if he or she is credited with the art or the poem... more news as it happens!
I think we'll always associate this one with Louie, an all-time favorite shown here with Ramona and Weasie in the background; he died way too young.

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PAL OF MY HEART

True to me, kind to me,
Never deceiving;
Cheering me, helping me,
Ever believing:
Sad for me, glad for me,
Never apart;
Dear to me, near to me,
Pal of my heart

Clean hearted, strong hearted,
All the way through;
Uplifting, and tender-
Wonderful you!
Fair to me, square to me,
Life's dearest part,
Best to me, blest to me,
Pal of my heart.

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from Dog Days, released April 23, 2021

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Chandler Travis Philharmonic Massachusetts

THE CHANDLER TRAVIS PHILHARMONIC is a 9-piece technicolor extravaganza from Boston that includes a horn section, string bass, mandocello, guitar, keys, drums, accordion, and valet. George Carlin and NRBQ are among their longtime supporters; others include Bonnie Raitt, Elvis Costello, Bruce Springsteen, Of Montreal, Ween, and yer mother. ... more

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