It’s Getting a Bit Furry With These Two Pet Centered Songs

It’s Getting a Bit Furry With These Two Pet Centered Songs

Happy mid-February! I hope you had an excellent Valentine’s! Did you do anything special? I had to work and then I went to bed early as I am suffering from a cold. It is because the weather has been like a rollercoaster recently with each day being either spring-like warm or freezing cold. I actually spent post-Valentine’s in my bed as I was too tired to get out of bed. But don’t worry, I am getting better!

As you may know, February is famous for other things besides Valentine’s. Each day has different celebrations with National Pokemon Day coming up on February 27. And my favorite, National Sticky Bun Day, is coming up soon too.

Yet, it is a month that is known for a lot of things, including the different celebrations for animals and pets: Pet Dental Health Month, Responsible Pet Owners Month, National Cat Health Month, National Bird Feeding Month, and Dog Training Education Month. And don’t forget February 20, which is “National Love Your Pet Day“.

Who Let the Pets Out Out

Pet Dog: Boston Terrier

This Battle of the Songs is dedicated to all the pets in the world. I had a fair share of pets when I was growing up: two dogs, a snail, and a pet worm. Yes, I had a pet worm when I was 5 years old. It was pretty cool to have a pet worm. Though, my coworkers think it is weird. (I wasn’t allowed to have pets when I was in elementary school because I moved around so much due to my dad’s job in the military and everyone in my family suffered from severe allergies from dogs or cats. Somehow we got dogs later on in life but I don’t know why.).

I have chosen two songs that are centered around two of the most popular pets: dogs and cats. I personally love dogs more because I love Boston Terriers. But also, I am super allergic to cats: I get hives if I touch a cat and I become severely sick. Nevertheless, what is your favorite pet? What kind of pets have you had? Tell me in the comments below!

Listen to both songs and pick your favorite! Let me know which one in the comments below! 🎵


The Beatles’ “Martha My Dear” (A Song For Dogs)

When I first thought about which songs to choose for this battle, I thought about “Who Let the Dogs Out?” by Baha Men. It is now considered a classic as the tune was used everywhere — TV shows, commercials, in the mall — in the early 2000s. But it would be an odd choice, especially when pitted against Queen. So, I had to search again for a perfect dog song.

After a while of searching, I finally chose “Martha My Dear” by The Beatles from their 1968 album The Beatles also known as The White Album. I am more of a later 60s’ The Beatles fan than an earlier 60s’ Beatles fan which my mom is. I enjoy songs from The Beatles like “Back In The U.S.S.R.”, “Savoy Truffle”, and “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”.

“Martha My Dear” is about Paul McCartney’s Old Sheepdog named Martha. It is a cute song with an upbeat tempo and a mixture of orchestra instruments and rock ones. It features a music hall-inspired piano and a brass section. Interestingly, if you are into music theory, the song modulates through several keys with embellished chords that have jazzy sprinkled dissonances.[1]

I could’ve featured “Hey Bulldog” from the album Yellow Submarine, but I choose “Marth My Dear” because it is a delightful soft tune with a mixture of new and old instruments as well its unusual musicality.


Queen’s “Delilah” (A Song For Cats)

It is a bit hard to find a direct song about cats. Sure, there is songs like “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” and “Cat’s in the Cradle”, but they aren’t about the soft cuddle creatures that like to play with yarn and have the cutest “meows”.

Calico Cat

Yet, Queen’s 1991 tune “Deliah” is an actual cat song. Freddie Mercury wrote the song in dedication to his favorite calico cat named Deliah. Mercury had 11 cats but Deliah was his favorite. However, it is reported that drummer Roger Taylor has said that he dislikes the song as it isn’t his style.

“Deliah” is a bit of an oddball as it details what Mercury loves about his favorite cat, from the times of when Deliah “cuddle[s] up and go to sleep beside me” to “when you pee all over my Chippendale suite”. Musically, the song also feels like an album filler as it is low-key and simple.

By the way, Innuendo, which this song is from, is one of my favorite albums from Queen. Yes, Queen had some amazing material during the late 70s and 80s but I really love Innuendo, especially with the soft rock tune “These Are the Days of Our Lives“. The reason why I like this 1991 album is there is a lot of reflection on life done by Mercury himself throughout the lyrics. Check out “These Are the Days of Our Lives” to understand what I mean.

Freddie Mercury with one his cats

The Winner For “Which Classic Love Song Will Win This Valentines-Themed Battle?

Thank you to all who voted in the Valentines-themed battle between Nat King Cole and The Supremes.

The Winner of the Battle is…

The Supremes!

It was a tough battle with The Supremes taking the victory by only five votes. Here are the results in case anyone is wondering:

Which Classic Love Song Will Win This Valentines-Themed Battle? results

Who Will It Be?

Now it is your turn to vote! Who will be the victor? Tell me in the comments below! I can’t wait to hear what you guys think!

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References

[1] Pollack, Alan W. “Notes on ‘Martha My Dear.’” Alan W. Pollack’s Notes on “Martha My Dear”, www.icce.rug.nl/~soundscapes/DATABASES/AWP/mmd.shtml.

This Post Has 120 Comments

  1. Jade Li

    Martha My Dear is my choice. The chopped piano music and Paul’s voice do it for me.

  2. C.J.

    I agree. Martha My Dear has my vote!

    1. Jamie Tutson

      People are so creative. I’m sure this is something any pet lover would enjoy. We have a dog but I am definitely a cat person.

  3. Anita

    I vote for Martha my Dear.

  4. Renee

    My kids love dogs so I will see if they like this!

  5. Arlee Bird

    In the past I’ve had a cat as well as a couple of dogs. I prefer dogs of the two, but ultimately I prefer no pets at all.

    The Queen song is nice, but I prefer the dog song by the Beatles.

    I’m not sure this is a Battle post, but I’m never quite sure if you are posting as part of the Battle of the Bands posts.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

  6. Unapologeticallymeblog

    Not gonna lie, kind of leaning towards Delilah.

  7. Holly

    It’s so interesting to learn the origin of songs. I like both of these very much!

  8. Neely Moldovan

    Queen always! I love queen so much! Freddie Mercury was such a great human

  9. Maysz

    I would like to listen to the Queen’s “Delilah” so I vote Deliliah from Queen 🙂

  10. Fatima Torres

    How cute are these song titles. We love putting on classical music for the pups when we leave the house.

    1. Elizabeth O

      We’ve had our share of dogs, cats, Guinea pigs and more. I’m loving both songs because they speak to me differently.

  11. Stephanie

    I’ve never been much of a fan of the Beatles, so I am going to have to go with the Queen song!

  12. Bindu Thomas

    I like Martha My Dear. I personally love dogs more.

  13. Neil Alvin Nicerio

    Great article. I learned something new from your post. Thank you so much for sharing it.

  14. Shar

    It’s been years since I don’t have a pet. I was very close to my dog & felt devastated when I had to leave it with someone else & move to another country. I’ll listen to your list…

  15. Cathy Kenendy

    Amy,

    I like both furry furiends but in regard to your songs featuring furballs, then I’m giving my vote to MARTHA MY DEAR. Interesting spin on Valentine’s Day for the pet kingdom. 🙂 When you get a chance, I’d love it if you’d pop over to vote in my Hear and Soul #BoTB Showdown, my dear. Have a bandtastic week!!

  16. Joanna

    As a cat lover, I have to pick Queen’s Delilah. It’s a fun and easy song to listen to, you don’t really know that Delilah is a cat until the peeing in the suite lyrics comes on, haha.

  17. Lisa

    Haha this is great! I love the Queen song.

  18. GiGi Eats

    No furry pets in my life – and I am A okay with that! I did enjoy these songs though!

  19. I didn’t know that the Beatles did a song about dogs – haha! That definitely gets my vote!! Great post!

  20. Mark

    This is so interesting and informative at same time. Though I love dogs but I haven’t at anytime own one as a pet. My vote any day will be for dogs.

  21. Dominik Kropacek

    Haha I actually just listened to a podcast about “Who let the dogs out” this post reminded me of that! Who knew the Beatles made that song.. I’m also not a huge music person so maybe everyone else knows except for me lol!

  22. tweenselmom

    Great songs, I haven’t been able to listen to new music or music I haven’t before, for a long time. So thanks.

  23. Michele

    I knew Freddie had cats, but I didn’t know he wrote a song for one of them. It makes me love him even more! lol

  24. Jon Maldia

    I’m a Freddie fan. Delilah has my vote.

  25. Glen Parmenter

    I Feel so old hearing who let the dogs out. So many great songs!

  26. Christa

    The Beatles (and dogs) win for me every time!

  27. Michael

    I am becomeing furry too then? Haha! You made me miss my old dog. =(

  28. Kathy Kenny Ngo

    I didn’t know there were songs like this. My partner and I have 3 cats combined and they’re absolutely adorable.

  29. Nati

    I love Queen and Freddy Mercury is among the artists I admire the most, but in this case my vote goes to The Beatles’ song!! so uplifting, I love it!

  30. Vasundhra

    Aw! You are so creative with your lists and song suggestions! Something for the furry friends too, yay 🙂

  31. Jasmine M

    Delilah will always be one of my favorite songs. So I definitely vote for Delilah by Queen!

  32. Maartje van Sandwijk

    I love the song Delilah, but am definitely more of a dog person in general 🙂

  33. Patricia

    Love this song battle! While I enjoyed both (and shockingly, had never heard Delilah before), I think I give a slight edge to Martha My Dear. Alas, I’m allergic to both cats and dogs, so I can’t really have either easily, but when I was a kid we had a dog — so my heart leans that way too. 🙂

  34. Trijit Mallick

    Each time I listen Queen song, I fall in love with it. I have a golden retriever and I love her a lot.

  35. Megan

    I have to say, dogs are my favorite. My dog is just always so happy to see me ALL THE TIME. My cats don’t really seem to care either way! So, I’ll go with Martha

  36. Claire

    It has to be the Beatles for me, great track. Although I am the owner of a highly irritating cat who is currently creating his own musical onslaught and driving me nuts!

  37. Garf

    This is the first time I have heard of this song. But, I have heard of Queen.

    1. aisasami
      aisasami

      Really? What do you think of the band?

  38. Umiko

    I love my dog but I love Queen’s song more. As for my dog, he doesn’t care at all.

  39. Amber Myers

    I’ve always liked Delilah. I think it’s cute that Freddie loved his cats so much.

  40. Tara Pittman

    I enjoyed listening to these songs. They are great songs for those pet moments

  41. Lisa

    This is such a fun post! I’m a Queen and Beatles fan so it’s a draw for me!

  42. Jody

    I would have to go with the Queen song!

  43. CHAD

    lmao!!! The queen song is amazing…The cats pics you posted are stunning…

  44. Ewa

    I love Quinn and cats so I give my vote to Delilah. By the way, I didn’t know February was like that
    festive month.

  45. Ewa

    I love Queen and cats so I give my vote to Delilah. By the way, I didn’t know February was like that
    festive month.

  46. Marie Phillips

    I have to say Delilah because I love cats and Freddy Mercury’s cat is amazingly gorgeous. No wonder he loved her so much.

  47. Hannah

    This is super creative. I have to vote Martha dear as well. Dogs hold the key to my heart!

  48. Brandi

    I’m going to vote for Mercury’s song – my cat told me to do it 😉 love this idea!!

  49. Cristina Petrini

    Think despite going crazy for Queen I did not know their song and therefore it was a pleasure to do it!

  50. Raksha

    Wow I never knew of these both interesting songs. It’s great to learn about them and their origin.

  51. Suman Doogar

    I never heard of these songs before. But after listening to them, I liked Martha My Dear personally.

  52. shelby

    i had no idea that these sons had such a story. Thanks for sharing! IT was definitely interesting to learn something new today.

  53. Luna S

    Both are fantastic songs, if I had to choose a favorite I’d go with Queen!

  54. Samar

    My vote will easily fo to Quinn,

    The songs are wonderful.

  55. Rupal Srivastava

    Definitely the Beatles are my favorite but I do like the Queens equally! Very interesting list.

  56. Cherdo

    Oh, the grief dear Stephen T. McCarthy will give me when I vote for MARTHA MY DEAR!

    Thanks, girl!

  57. Krysten Quiles

    Well I’m a dog fan so you know what my vote is for! Thank you so much for sharing this with all of us!

    1. aisasami
      aisasami

      You are welcome! Thanks for stopping by!

  58. Cindy Ingalls

    I love my little terrier. I didn’t know Freddy Mercury wrote a song for his cat!

    1. aisasami
      aisasami

      Awww, I bet your terrier is super cute! Thanks for stopping by!

  59. Dris Wallace

    Ha ha these videos and songs make me giggle. People love their animals

  60. i love puppies & dogs however not allow to own them since young due to my mum’s nose sensitive
    so I really love all things with puppies & dogs, love this sharing from you 🙂
    cheers, siennylovesdrawing

    1. aisasami
      aisasami

      Awwwwww, I have severe allergic reactions to cats, so I can relate a bit! Thanks for stopping by!

    1. aisasami
      aisasami

      You are welcome! Thanks for stopping by!

  61. Julie

    This is a cute post, never really thought about associating music with animals, but its cute.

  62. Adriane

    Very interesting! I need some animals so I can play music for them and see what they prefer!

  63. Kylie

    This is so cute and so difficult to choose – can I opt for both?

  64. Scott Gombar

    Both songs are very creative from very creative musicians. I would lean towards the Beatles though

  65. Ruth I

    Really cute and creative, these songs are for pet lovers like me and pet owners as well. The song title is clever and definitely will listen to this. It’s just really cute because we adore out pets so much.

  66. Jackline A

    Great songs, never knew there was much pet song. Very cute.

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