E A E Tige, you were faithful, faithful to the end B A E Tige, how I miss you, you were my best friend. A Three years of army service done and I was heading home at last E I got to thinking ‘bout my dog and things long gone and past B A How old Tige pulled me from the creek when I had no pulse or breath E How he saved me from the charging bull that gored my dad to death. As a kid I’d dream of bears and tremble to my toes A E Till old Tige’d come up to my bed and nudge me with his nose B Then all my fears would melt away and Tige’d go lie down A E I’d drift on back to sleep without another sound. The big bus stopped and I got off it was awful dark and thick with fog A E Then something gently nuzzled me and there stood Tige, my dog B I wondered if my faithful dog had met the bus each day A E And all the dreary winter nights since I’d been away. To have old Tige meet me here like this I was, I was really glad A E ‘Cos I hadn’t needed Tige so much since the day they buried dad B Two long miles lay ahead, but what I didn’t know A E A giant dam was being built where the old road used to go. I thank the Lord for sending Tige and followed where he led A Knowing well that without his help I’d be good as dead E B Tige inched away this way and that going rough and slow And I could hear the water lapping at the ledges far below. A E Then through the mist I saw a light, and mother in her chair And I reached down to pat old Tige, but he wasn’t there A E I’m thankful mom you had old Tige these three lonely years B I owe my life to him tonight I couldn’t help my tears. A E You say you wrote me about the dam, well God was sure with us I didn’t get your letter mom, but old Tige met the bus A E I hate to tell you son she said, but now you’ve got to know B A E When you left it broke his heart; Tige died three years ago.