I'm Looking Over My Dead Dog Rover
DESCRIPTION: Concerning the death of Rover, usually caused (inadvertently, one hopes) by the singer (e.g. by hitting Rover with a power mower). The text varies extremely, as does the cause of death; the only constant element seems to be the title line.
EARLIEST DATE: 1988
KEYWORDS: dog animal death humorous parody
FOUND IN: US
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Pankake-PHCFSB, p. 136, "I'm Looking Over My Dead Dog Rover" (2 texts, tune referenced)
cf. "I'm Looking Over a Four-Leaf Clover" (tune)
NOTES: I've never seen two versions of this song alike, and none of the printed versions matches my father's text. Looks to me like a genuine folk song, even if the plot is completely unfixed. - RBW
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