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A golden puppy chasin' butterflies
Across a yard full of dandelions
Doesn't stop to wonder why
It comes naturally

He hears a howling from across the fence
Calls back with a 'yelp' at best
Doesn't know what he's up against
But can't wait to be

     Barkin' with the big dogs
     Makin' noise with the boys next door
     Talkin' that big talk
     Mixin' it up, not a pup anymore
     Barkin' with the big dogs

Little Jimmy, he's a three-year-old
Never seems to do like he's told
He's not bad, he's got a need to know
It's curiosity

Through the window, hears the kids at play
Wants to join 'em in their baseball game
But mama's got him stayin' in today
He can't wait to be

     Barkin' with the big dogs
     Makin' noise with the boys next door
     Talkin' that big talk
     Mixin' it up, not a pup anymore
     Barkin' with the big dogs

          Every puppy, every boy
          Anyone with a dream
          Gives it all they've got
          and can't wait to be

     Barkin' with the big dogs
     Makin' noise with the boys next door
     Talkin' that big talk
     Mixin' it up, not a pup anymore
     Barkin' with the big dogs

       Written by Steve Trinward and Jeff Stewart
       Copyright 1996 trinSongs / Blue Clover Music



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Description: This album consists of live
recordings of
Jeff Stewart and the Big Dogs,
recorded in 1997-1998 in Nashville.

Style: Country, Country/Rock

Other Songs:
Barkin' with the Big Dogs
Help Yourself to Me
Out of the Question
Shadow of Love
When I'm Gone
Show Me Where It Hurts
Take Your Mama
Cherokee Blood
When the Twister Touched Down
Pull Over
If I Knew An Angel
(I Wanna Be) Superman

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Co-Writer(s):  Steve Trinward
and Jeff Stewart (see )

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Steve Trinward has been a writer/communicator all his life. After a good Christian raisin' (and a strong college-prep education) in the White Mountains of Western Maine, he migrated to college in Boston, MA, where he learned to challenge authority ... and question just about everything (except perhaps why it took him 25 years to leave there?). He moved to Nashville in 1993, seeking fresh turf, a warmer climate and "the right place to be a writer"; he now sees Music City as "the true home I was always looking for."

Steve's past careers include: newspaper reporter, editor and columnist; political activist and candidate; technical writer, proofreader and word processor; computer network manager, technical support rep, consultant and systems troubleshooter. Since he came to Nashville, he's worked at a variety of office jobs, even did some data-cable installing, before breaking an arm in a ladder-fall in August '95. (Despite this setback, he resumed guitar-lessons -- focusing on improving and expanding his melodic, harmonic and rhythmic vocabulary.) For three years, he performed various administrative and accounting functions for a local fiberoptic systems integration firm, before leaving in the spring of '99 to start his own business, trinWORDS (but if you've somehow gotten here, you know that part ...).

Steve has been writing songs since 1970, including regular co-writing, both during the 80s and now. Musical influences include Bob Dylan; Joni Mitchell; the Beatles, Eagles and Beach Boys; Bruce Springsteen; Patty Larkin and David Wilcox (along with numerous writer-friends of thus-far-lesser reputations). Favorite non-music writers: Harlan Ellison, Jean Auel, Richard Adams, Hunter Thompson, W. P. Kinsella, J. R. R. Tolkien, Robert Heinlein and Spider Robinson. Other interests: Vandy women's basketball, the Red Sox and Braves, Libertarian Party politics, Science of Mind Church and egg-shaking/ harmonizing at the Mike Williams Six-Chair Pickin' Parties.

Eight years ago, Steve visited Nashville for the first time, and became convinced that the current roster of Burr, Chapman, DiPiero, Henry, Kaset, Peters, Prestwood, Reid, Sanders, Schlitz, Seskin, Taylor-Good, et al. had somehow inhabited the souls of Porter, Gershwin, Hammerstein, Hart, Rodgers, Kern & Co. Almost overnight, he became a staunch defender and devotee of country music, declaring it "about the only place where they still write songs for intelligent humans." Despite the continuing "pop-ification" of that realm, very little has happened since to change that opinion.

Steve's musical accomplishments include acceptance to and completion of the 1996 ASCAP Country Songwriting Workshop, several dozen co-writes with multiple partners, continued guitar-skills improvement, and a catalog of over 100 pitchable songs. He is co-organizer, booker, promoter and sometimes performer for the "Kathy's Night Off" writers' nights. Other activities include membership on the Steering Committee of the Tennessee International Jazz Festival and its charity, the Scattin' in the Schools music education program. He also assists with Sunday School classes and a Babe Ruth baseball team.
Other Song(s) Written with Jeff Stewart:  The One That Got Away,
Pull Over, In the Movies, et al.

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Steve had the title when he came over to my apartment to write.
He thought that it could be about a singer/songwriter performing
amongst some of the songwriting "big dogs" . . . I suggested that
it should be of larger scope . . . he agreed . . . as I recall, he had
a bit of a lick . . . I expanded on the music and we wrote the
story.  Very much a co-write.  My backing band,
The Big Dogs, was named after this song!


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