“Bull Dog Down in Tennessee”


Parody of "The Girl I Left in Sunny Tennessee." Singer goes to court his girl, but her father sics a bulldog on him. As the dog attacks him, he flees over the hills and hollers back to his home


It was a tossup whether these recordings should be entered as "Same Tune" items under "Girl I Left In Sunny Tennessee" or given their own entry. But the song has its own distinct plot, and it managed to get into the repertoires of several performers, so I decided to dignify it. - PJS

Cross references


  • Ashley & Foster, "Bull Dog Sal" (unissued, prob. Vocalion, 1933; on StuffDreans1)
  • Lester P. Bivins, "Bull Dog Down in Tennessee" (Bluebird B-6950/Montgomery Ward M-7229. 1937)
  • Carolina Tar Heels, "The Bulldog Down in Sunny Tennessee" (Victor 20941, 1927)
  • Doc Walsh, "Bull Dog Down in Tennessee" (Columbia 15057-D, 1926; rec. 1925)


  1. Roud #7879
  2. BI, RcBDDITe


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1925 (recording, Doc Walsh)
Found in: US(SE)