"Dogs", originally composed as "You Gotta Be Crazy", is a song by the English progressive rock band Pink Floyd. It was released on the album Animals in 1977. Dogs are used to represent the megalomaniacal businessmen who destroy themselves and those around them by obsessing over their egos and their careers.
During the part which includes Rick Wright's synth solo, the sounds of dogs barking can be heard; this sound effect was created by processing the sound using a vocoder.
Guitarist David Gilmour and bassist Roger Waters share vocal duties in the song. Gilmour sings the majority of the song, but Waters takes over during the last two verses. On performances of the track on the band's 1977 "In the Flesh" tour, Gilmour would sing almost all of the song except for the last verse, use electric guitar for the whole track (instead of the acoustic guitars) and performed an extra guitar solo.
The final verse explores a number of aspects of business life and how it compares to dogs, for example taking chances and being trained "trained not to spit in the fan", losing their individuality "broken by trained personnel", obeying their superiors "fitted with collar and chain", getting treats for good behaviour "given a pat on the back", being better than everyone else "breaking away from the pack" and getting to know everyone but spending less time with family "only a stranger at home". Every line of this verse begins with the word "Who", which prompted comparison to Allen Ginsberg's poem Howl.
This song and the use of the word "Who" at the beginning of every line of the verse also illustrates the influence that Roy Harper had on the band. Roy Harper had used this technique on the song "The Lord's Prayer" from his 1973 Lifemask album, which included David Gilmour on guitar. Harper sang over 90 lines of a verse beginning with the words "whose" and "who". Roy Harper also sang on the song "Have A Cigar" from the "Wish You Were Here" album.
The song concludes with these "Dogs" working themselves to death until they are "found dead on the phone" having been dragged down by "the stone", a metaphor for "the weight they used to need to throw around".
During 1974 performances of "You Gotta Be Crazy", David Gilmour would sing the song in a faster speed than the versions on the 1975 US tour and the Animals album. "You Gotta Be Crazy" was about the problems one had to deal with in life. The lyrics were modified by the time the song was played live in 1975 and then the lyrics changed again when recording Animals.
Both "You Gotta Be Crazy" and "Raving And Drooling" were originally planned to be on the album following the tour Wish You Were Here, but the plans were changed (which later became a point of dispute between Gilmour and Waters, as an early sign of their later animosity) and they both ended up in different forms on Animals.
During live performances as part of Roger Waters' recent solo tours, he and the other musicians would play a hand of poker during the breakdown in the middle of the song. David Gilmour's vocal parts are sung by Jon Carin.