The Border Collie Chronicles

Observations from (arguably) the World's Smartest Dogs;
(but, without question, the bestest friends!)
or, Life As We Understand It, as told from dad's shop.

Posted January 29, 2015


Bad Example

By Annie


All of you should know by now (or by experience) that we BC’s allow dad to listen to music while we all hang out in the shop in the evenings … and he likes to find the some of the more “funky” and non-traditional sorts of music to listen to – you know, stuff that isn’t on the radio!  (Actually, most of it is really pretty cerebral[i], AND it generally has a pretty good beat too!).


Unfortunately, since the Napster days and WinMX days are well past us (sigh) … new (or OLD) music is becoming much harder for dad to obtain (and he FINALLY has a fast enough internet connection to actually do something about it[ii]!!) … for free!  Anyway, he does listen and look for new “stuff” on YouTube periodically and downloads some new tunes from Amazon occasionally (even though this costs money) - the other day and we were all listening to some “first hearings” together and he played one song that I immediately connected with!  My sisters, Mom, and brother all looked toward me when this song played … not sure what they were trying to say … sure, the melody was pretty snappy … but why did they all look at me????  I even saw dad glance my way (and when he had mom-D come out to listen to it, she looked at me too … and laughed!!!!)


Anyway … I think that I mostly connected to the song due to the fact that the band’s name and my name share a small similarity!  Here are the full lyrics … What Do You THINK!!!!!



“Somebody had to set a bad example
Teach all the prim and propers what not to do
Nobody around here wants to ramble
What the hell, that’s what I was born to do


Swanky big brick houses don’t amuse me
I live in a trailer, but I drive a Cadillac
I ain’t never tried to impress nobody
With a “Honk If You’re Horny” sticker on the back


Somebody had to set a bad example
Teach all the prim and propers what not to do
Nobody around here wants to ramble
What the hell, that’s what I was born to do


All the girls that I grew up with went to college
Their rich daddies bought them a degree
But I’m a third generation bartender
And I like living from a tip jar, week to week


Somebody had to set a bad example
Teach all the prim and propers what not to do
Nobody around here wants to ramble
What the hell, that’s what I was born to do

What the hell, that’s what I was born to do”[iii]



Well … I’m not too sure of what to think of this!  Do you think that they are trying to tell me something?  Dad did make that statement about me in The 2013 Christmas Article[iv]  




Some Related Quotes:


Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.

Albert Schweitzer


Good advice is something a man gives when he is too old to set a bad example.

Francois de La Rochefoucauld


Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example.

Mark Twain


When you see a good man, try to emulate his example, and when you see a bad man, search yourself for his faults.



Setting a good example for children takes all the fun out of middle age.

William Feather


Learn from me, if not by my precepts, then by my example,

how dangerous is the pursuit of knowledge

and how much happier is that man who believes his native town to be the world

than he who aspires to be greater than his nature will allow.

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley






[i] That means that the lyrics can be pretty “deep”, almost as if they were written by Bubba, or a Bubba-esque type person.


[ii] Kinda like “Why is Youth wasted on the Young??!!”


[iii] Bad Example by Pistol Annies.   Dang good “girl” band … dad would put ‘em up against most anyone … in any event!!  Too bad they’re broken up now!!!!  (Here’s a YouTube of the song!)


[iv] Annie provides everyone that she encounters with the gift of their own humility.  Annie treats everyone the same – from the friends that we haven’t seen for a long time to our neighbor (the Pope’s buddy).  No special treatment given here.  When around Miss Ann, just be yourself … you don’t have to try and impress anyone (and you won’t be impressing her!).




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