Saturday, July 30, 2016

The Heart Knows Animal Shelter Song by Nancy Simmonds | Dog Song Saturday

Those of you who've been with us on Dog Song Saturday for awhile know that we're huge fans of Nancy Simmonds.  We've featured a number of her fantastic dog breed songs over the years.

Today we're thrilled to share with you our favorite Nancy Simmonds dog song of all time.

The Heart Knows (Animal Shelter Song) is another original Simmonds dog song in which she shares her experience of rescuing a number of pets from shelters.  The accompanying video shows some of Nancy's own shelter pets.

Nancy Simmonds has had a successful music career for over 35 years.  In the early 1990's she began composing dog breed songs after discovering no similar music existed.  So far she's written and recorded over 110 purebred dog songs.  You add them to your playlist from iTunes and at Musical Tails  

You might want to grab a tissue before you enjoy The Heart Knows (The Animal Shelter Song) by Nancy Simmonds.  The lyrics are provided below so you can sing along.  Then fetch some more genuine dog song music videos at Talking Dogs.  You'll be surprised at how many we've collected over the past few years. 

The Heart Knows (The Animal Shelter Song)  by Nancy Simmonds © 2011 Soap Opry Music

My life was suddenly so still

So sad I lost my will

No dog to greet me at the door

Empty bowls laid on the floor

My spirit seemed to fall apart

Face to face with my shattered heart

Tears betrayed me one by one

I knew what had to be done

I saw that shelter and breathed in

Time to open up again

I left my car and stepped inside

Let some angel be my guide

The high pitched yelps ran up my spine

I met those eyes as they searched mine

Slowly I passed by each run

How could I choose just one -

Oh, oh, oh

Oh, oh, oh

The heart knows

I read each story as it was told

How can people be so cold

But some lost homes and all they'd saved

Now they too roam the streets like strays

Then through the wire, she was there

I could feel her thoughts so clear

And all the pain I had inside

Melted in her eyes

Oh, oh, oh

Oh, oh, oh

The heart knows

Inside that shelter lives are saved

Just like mine was saved that day

That shelter helps us to believe

There's still kindness in our breed

I led her down the winding halls

But somewhere I still heard a call

So I found that cat, or he found me

And now my life is shared by three

Oh, oh, oh

Oh, oh, oh,

The heart knows


  1. What a great song! Love her voice and lyrics.
    Thanks for sharing.

  2. OK, well you were right about needing the tissues! Beautiful.

  3. That's so beautiful...excuse me, I need a tissue.

    I can't imagine going into a shelter and choosing one. I don't know how people do it.


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