I love the song “Della and the Dealer”. It opens up with “It was Della and the Dealer and a dog named Jake and a cat named Kalamazoo”.
My question is, are Jake and Kalamazoo really supposed to be a dog and a cat?
I mean, the song is a gritty story of a “Dealer” who gets coked up and kills a bar musician over Della who runs away with the dealer afterwards. So what’s with the gun-toting dog and the rye-drinking cat?
Around the time the song came out “cat” could still mean dude in hipster slang. (It’s passe now of course.) Now “dog” can mean dude (ala Randy on American Idol) but people didn’t use the word “dog” that way then. “Dog” usually meant an ugly woman.
So I guess the song could be referring to another couple traveling will Della and the dealer, i.e. Kalamazoo and his ugly girlfriend “Jake”, but somehow that doesn’t really seem right either.
The song also says “if that cat could talk” so maybe this dude Kalamazoo is a deaf mute too.
Somehow the song works better as a real dog and cat. Like Brian on Family Guy.
Anyone else know this song have a comment?
PS: I may name my next cat Kalamazoo.