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For Tess

by Matt Arbogast

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For Texas Sheet Cake Fritsch-Arbogast, affectionately known as Tess. 2009-2021.

All proceeds from this song will be donated to Wild Hearts. Wild Hearts provides continuous, comprehensive care to animals with mobility issues and the people that love them. gowildhearts.org


I thought I heard you barking
When the Chinese food arrived
I thought you would come running
When I yelled, "Let's go outside!"
I thought I saw you chasing
A rabbit in the yard
I thought I’d see if you’d want to ride
In the front seat of the car
I thought I heard your leash jingle
When I dropped a bite of food
I thought I fell asleep next to next to you

But you don’t have to make me
Believe you're still a pup
I knew when I met you
You never would give up
I'm sorry that I gave you
So much reason for concern
You don't have to worry about me anymore

You found yourself a better place
I’m gonna believe
Where there’s endless carrots
And peanut butter treats
You can spend your everyday
Running on an endless beach
Jumping in the water
Anytime you feel the need
At night you've got the old futon
Or the middle of the bed
You're always tired, looked after and fed.

You don't have to make me
Take you for a walk
I'll put the screens away
I won't try to find faults
I'll be happy when I see friends
Of that you can be sure
You don't have to worry about me anymore

No more leashes
No more baths
No more unshoveled sidewalks
I’d like to think you’d tell me
If last night you could have talked

You didn’t have to take me
Every time you left home
I knew when I met you
I would be the first to go
I was always happy.
I liked to be bored.
You don’t have to worry about me anymore
You don’t have to worry about me anymore


released April 2, 2021
Matt Arbogast wrote, played and recorded this song.
Maxwell Stern played pedal steel guitar.
Ryan Troy Ford drew the cover art.




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