What does Dog Eat Dog mean?

AC/DC: Dog Eat Dog Meaning

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Song Released: 1977


Dog Eat Dog Lyrics

Well, it's a dog eat dog,
Eat cat, too
The French eat frog,
And I eat you
Businessman, when you make a deal,
Do you know who you can trust?
Do you sign your life away?
Do you write your name in dust?

[Chorus]
Hey, hey, hey!
Every dog...

  1. anonymous
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    Sep 26th 2021 !⃝

    It's most likely about the music business. How greedy and sneaky people can be. I bet AC/DC were ripped off by their music company. The music business has a history of this sort of behaviour

    (Search "The Payola Scandal")

  2. anonymous
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    Nov 25th 2018 !⃝

    There's an inherent 'nature of the beast' that desires the greatest gain from the least possible effort. Many attempt to deny this being part of their "civilized" make up, but truth betrays them the instant an opportunity to profit off of others appears in reach. The dog eat dog nature inevitably rears its self promoting head determined to take ownership of the metaphorical pot of gold regardless of rather or not it was earned or deserved. Dog eat dog means, I will sell you out to serve myself no matter what the cost is to you. Man will lay claim to your harvest as their own hard earned rewards. And "the kind man", when concealed by the shadows of secrecy, will volunteer to help increase the odds of pulling off such acts assuming their own greed is satisfied with the answer to, "Hey, what's in it for me?" Animals are self serving opprotunists always on the hunt. People are not mostly good despite misrepresentations convincing us to trust false illusion claiming otherwise. THAT is what dog eat dog is written about.There are no exemptions. Eventually, every dog has his day.
    That's the natural order.

    *Rest In Peace Angus Young*

  3. anonymous
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    Apr 11th 2018 !⃝

    It's about dogs 69ing.

  4. anonymous
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    Jan 30th 2017 !⃝

    I think it's about people fighting with each other instead of helping and being good to others. The last line says it all and is self explanatory - the "kind" man is just another asshole who cares only about himself and his money. Help the poor? Help the blind? Why help at all? "What's in it for me"?

  5. anonymous
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    Dec 14th 2015 !⃝

    It's about the rock and roll industry. It's brutal and insidious.

  6. anonymous
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    Nov 3rd 2013 !⃝

    Okay, it's time for all you idiots to listen up! This isn't about "eating dogs" like that dude below me said. It's about living out in the streets and fighting for yourself, doing drugs, the rockstar lifestyle, etc.

  7. anonymous
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    Sep 5th 2006 !⃝

    Not even close...It's about how life in the city is survival of the fittest...You know, like the phrase "it's a dog eat dog world out there"...It also could be related to the music business, how it's every man for himself...It's not really about eating dogs,cats,frogs, and cannibalism...Get real, people!

  8. Heavy_Metal_Rules69
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    Apr 28th 2006 !⃝

    This song is about competing and basically "eating" the other dogs.


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