Neil Young - Old King Lyrics




King went a-runnin' after deer
Wasn't scared of jumpin'
off the truck in high gear
King went a-sniffin'
and he would go
Was the best old hound dog
I ever did know.

I had a dog and his name was King
I told the dog about everything
There in my truck the dog and I
Then one day the King up and died.

Then I thought about
the times we had
Once when I kicked him
when he was bad
Old King sure meant a lot to me
But that hound dog is history.

King went a-runnin' after deer
Wasn't scared of jumpin'
off the truck in high gear
King went a-sniffin'
and he would go
Was the best old hound dog
I ever did know.

That old King was a friend of mine
Never knew a dog
that was half as fine
I may find one, you never do know
'Cause I still got a long way to go.

I had a dog and his name was King
I told the dog about everything
Old King sure meant a lot to me
But that hound dog is history.

King went a-howlin' after deer
Wasn't scared of jumpin'
off the truck in high gear
King went a-sniffin'
and he would go
Was the best old hound dog
I ever did know.





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  1. B v

    This is a great song. My kids need to listen to it to fall asleep

  2. Cindy Dufala

    Bravo ⚘

  3. caveman123ization

    I'd like to be friends with anyone who loves Neil Young's music.

    Mike White

    caveman123ization I love his music but hate his politics. Bad for America.

  4. Sandra s

    My dog's fist name was King..

  5. Marco Croci

    For flash. My schnauzer. R. I. P. One day we saw again, and you are to await me. Once schnauzer, ever schnauzer. 😭

  6. Luc Fransen

    awesome

  7. Guilherme Cavicchio

    R.I.P. My old friend <3

  8. Cygnus90

    Thank you all for your comments. I really appreciate the fact that your willing to share your thoughts and experiences about the 'Kings' you've known. Take good care of the ones you have by your side.

  9. Luca Boni

    Shout out to my bestest friend in the universe PIPPO <3

  10. MrPocketfullOfSteel

    Fantastic song.

  11. crooked rain

    te amo neil

  12. Dave Boerema

    I love this song, I wish I could spin the words to a good hook. For my old dog dizzy.

  13. Josh Carrero

    wolfy is the dog that has blue eyes

  14. R. Graf

    Happy Friday the 13th to those who celebrate or not.

    Try Serey

    Cedar Vanilla Sandalwood best luck dAy .

  15. R. Graf

    Nothing. I babysat the Martin kids at State Farm Insurance in London. I also cared for their German Shepherd dog during Brenda's divorce and remarriage.

  16. R. Graf

    Ok. So what is next after our German Shepherd was found?

  17. rusty boyo

    Love King, just like my hound dog.

  18. MeloLand

    Wonderful song...

  19. Kelly Remenar

    plunking banjo is awesome. I'm also a sucker for steel guitar. and a blue tick hound ! wins my heart Everytime

  20. Aaron Lichtenstein

    he is cool

  21. Formidable Foe

    I love Neil Young, but this song made me love him a just little bit less. He had a dog that would jump out of his truck while he was driving in high gear... and he also kicked him... kinda fucked.

    Marc Miller

    That's just Neil's humor I would presume.

    NW BOOMER MUSE

    Yeah, life sucks when you realize your superheroes are merely human. Ok, then; let's see...Fans worldwide: 973,488,962 - 1 (you) = only 973,488,961 left to go before he loses his popularity.

  22. Sean Hartnett

    This is a great song! Everyone has a dog like king that you love that much.

  23. Patrick Stocks

    King went a-runnin after deer
    Wasn't scared of jump in' off the truck in high gear
    King went a-sniffin and he would go
    Was the best old hound dog I ever did know

    I had a dog and his name was King
    I told the dog about everything
    There in my truck the dog and I
    Then 1 day the King up and died

    Then I thought about the times we had
    Once when I kicked him when he was bad
    Old King sure meant a lot to me
    But that hound dog is history

    King went a-runnin after deer
    Wasn't scared of jumpin off the truck in high gear
    King went a-sniffin and he would go
    Was the best old hound dog I ever did know

    That old King was a friend of mine
    Never knew a dog that was half as fine
    I may find one, you never do know
    'Cause I still got a long way to go

    I had a dog and his name was King
    I told the dog about everything
    Old King sure meant a lot to me
    But that hound dog is history

    King went a-howlin after deer
    Wasn't scared of jumpin of the truck in high gear
    King went a-sniffin and he would go
    Was the best old hound dog I ever did know

  24. pete craig

    I love my Plott hound. best ole hound dog I ever did know

  25. Arden Unger

    They don't make em' like this anymore...

  26. Daniel Johnson

    never let my hound run a damn deer neil should know better

  27. Animesh Das

    Outstanding.

  28. Kelly Green

    wouldnt it be GREAT if when we get to the Pearly gates , EVERY DOG that we ever loved , comes running up to us ? The thought of that makes me all warm inside.

    Kuvasz

    “Heaven goes by favor. If it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in.”

    Mark Twain

    Snakefinger1000

    There's a place called Rainbow Bridge where all the dogs wait for us.this poem will bring a tear of joy to your eye> https://www.rainbowsbridge.com/Poem.htm

    Dave Boerema

    If you really believe it, it will happen. I am worried about the same thing.

    Dave Boerema

    I am more worried about getting getting kicked out before it happens my dogs are pretty rowdy.

    Rock Singer

    Ha ~ Disneyland ~ @Dave Boerema

  29. Eddie Mckenna

    makes me think of my dog rusty

  30. Joshua Mason

    rip to my king , PACO ! 5.4 lb Chihuahua I will always you buddy ! this was our song

  31. Nelson Saunders

    King isn't always a dog.

  32. Randy Dixon

    Early morning horse back riding in the mountains following my Bluetick's bellows; sure miss it.

  33. Fitness Today

    Great song. We all know a King somewhere in our lives :3

  34. had hadi

    Nice song

  35. imthemistermaster

    I just have to thank my dad for playing this in the truck when we go camping sometimes. He's the reason I like good music.

  36. MwiseCountryTuner 836

    This reminds me of my old dog burnie

    MwiseCountryTuner 836

    Bet dogs ever

  37. Edward John

    https://www.createspace.com/6177366
    I'm 58, a Neil Young fan... forever, since high-school.  Fans should check out ‘Emerald Eyes’ on Amazon.  It’s about how Neil Young's music helped a teenager find meaning again after losing his father in a tragic mill accident.  Tom, becomes distant and withdrawn throughout his adolescence but after feeling 'in tune' with Neil's music, buys a Martin D-18 guitar and secretly starts singing and writing. Great read with an unexpected 'twist' at the end. A feel good moment for Neil Young fans.

  38. Eric Melanson

    Great song, thank you Cygnus90.

  39. Wolfgang B.

    I don't like it after 2:58.

  40. George McDowall

    my puppy just up and died :(

    wesley l

    George McDowall o

    Rock Singer

    I have a Boxer (pictured to the left) she is my pride and joy ~ My only wish is that she could live as long as me but I know no one can controls the future we all live in the here and now ~

    crooked rain

    i understand what you say. my 14 yrs old boxer ASTRO died yesterday. im so sad and i cant sleep. astro was the light of my heart, just love your boxer until the end, they're so special. just want hug him for a while one more time, he will be in my memories forever. sorry for my improvised english.

  41. Joshua Reppert

    According to "Dogs 101", the breed of dog Neil Young once owned was a purebred Bluetick Coonhound, this song is a tribute for his best friend.

    You can learn about the Bluetick Coonhound and see how cool these hound dogs are.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8VsiqOwhD_0

    Merle's Hand

    Joshua Reppert i had one and it was by far the dumbest animal ive ever owned

  42. rpanting1

    I like the clunky banjo sound at the beginning, of this one of a kind song.

    Thomas Cranston

    That's claw hammer style of playing. A much older styles than Bill Monroe's bluegrass style which came along in the late 40's or early 50's. Just left a recording studio where on of the guys laid down a claw hammer track. Old King came up on the radio as I was driving home. Thanks for who ever put it up. I had never heard of this song.

    Mr.Ouest

    Neil plays a six string banjo whereas most banjos are five string.

  43. Gina Langford

    Great song, great artist.  Good choice Zach. 

  44. hahni

    This song's been stuck in my head for days.   I mean wake up in the morning and the chorus is running through my head.   Good old Neil...good old King :)

    Rock Singer

    Yeah I had that problem too ~ It's the banjo ~

  45. Rebecca Havard

    I had a German Shepard named King, he was so smart, he was so protective of me that when a girl down the street was chasing me he bit her thigh severally and he was taken away and killed:(

  46. deloreanman14

    I have no idea why but this song just popped into my head at work today and I had to come in here and have a listen. I've got the CD somewhere....but where exactly is a difficult thing to say.

  47. markamiller100

    I did a job in Van Horn, Texas, framing a hotel. Anyway, @ the hotspot, bar, on the strip, they had this on the jukebox, five songs for a dollar. So I would just play this song five times in a row. You could throw a rock from one end of town to the other. The pool table cost a quarter.

  48. Cygnus90

    Actually, he's real name was Elvis, he didn't use it for the song because of potential copyright issues. Search for the long live version of this song and you'll find out,

  49. Acewalled

    Aw. Poor King. :(

  50. tenn a-c

    GO VOLS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  51. 1961pd

    thank you.

  52. Peter O'Toole

    Fuckin great Brilliant album

  53. Caleb Straus Peretz

    such an amazing song