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My Dog Has Fleas
Melody & Lyrics
G tuning -- Key of G

This is a song I wrote for the ukulele, but it’s a good song for clawhammer banjo too. It was written as a simple reminder of the way the open strings of a ukulele should sound, with the first four melody notes in each verse and the chorus being G-C-E-A. It’s a little different in this arrangement because I’ve transposed it to the key of G so it will be easier to play on the banjo. The MP3 recording is just me playing the uke clawhammer style. Of course it sounds a bit different than the banjo, but you can still use it to learn the song. The only MP3 available for this song is played on clawhammer ukulele, but it will help you learn it if you’re interested.

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MY DOG HAS FLEAS
(c) Richard Hefner 2001


My dog has fleas, uh-huh,
My dog has fleas, uh-huh,
My dog has fleas, from his head down past his knees,
Yeah, my dog has fleas, uh-huh.

My dog he likes to sit around and scratch,
My dog he likes to sit around and scratch,
Well he sits around and scratches,
Till his hair falls off in patches,
Yeah, my dog he likes to sit around and scratch.

'Cause my dog has fleas...(chorus)

Well, we took him to the vet, uh-huh,
We took him to the vet, uh-huh,
We took him to the vet, but he ain't stopped scratchin' yet,
Since we took him to the vet, uh-huh.

Well a couple fleas they jumped onto my cat,
And a couple others jumped into my hat,
Now we're all sittin' scratchin'
While them flea eggs they keep hatchin',
Now we all got fleas, uh-huh.

Now, we all have fleas, uh-huh,
We all have fleas, uh-huh,
We all have fleas, from our head down past our knees,
Yeah, we all have fleas, uh-huh.