At the closing of the 2017 “Goombay Summer Festival,” held here on Grand Bahama Island, Bahamian Artist, Dillon “D-Mac” McKenzie, had the crowd rocking with his popular song, “Dog Don’t Bark at Park Car.” As someone who loves this song myself, while singing and rocking to the beat, I began to explain the meaning of the lyrics to my girls.
For those who may live under a rock and have never heard the song before, here are the lyrics to the chorus:
“Dog don’t bark at park car
No no way
The only time it ga start barking
Is when that car start moving.”
If you have ever observed dogs, you will find those words to be true, they don’t usually bark at a parked car but as soon as the car begins to move the dog begins to bark. While dogs literally don’t bark at parked cars, of course D-Mac is not singing about dogs in the literal sense but instead metaphorically comparing us human beings to dogs.
He says in the first verse of the song:
“You’ll never see, a dog barking at a parked car
You’ll never see him barking if that car ain’t moving
You’ll never see people talkin’ bout you if you ain’t going no where
But when ya tryin’ to excel yourself they gat your name everywhere.”
Boy, ain’t that the truth! It is so sad but this is typical of many Bahamians. As long as their ‘friends’ are ‘parked’ with them, basically on par with them educationally, financially, socially etc., everything is okay but as soon as that ‘friend’ decides to ‘move,’ to improve him/herself by going to college, seeking a new career, pursuing a dream, joining an organization etc. in order to develop him/herself, then it becomes a problem.
As the saying goes, “Misery loves company,” many persons seem to be so much more content with their lives (even if they don’t have all they desire) as long as there are other persons in the same condition as they are.
As soon as those other persons try to make better lives for themselves, instead of doing the same, they become jealous or envious, begin talking about the person saying comments such as, “Who she think she is?”, “She think she better than people.”
This is truly a ‘doggish’ or dog-like mentality. As human beings, we need to learn to encourage one another, celebrate the achievements of others and be sincerely happy for our friends. We should allow their accomplishments or attempts to improve their lives inspire us to do the same.
Unfortunately, this type of mentality has always existed among human beings. As D-Mac says in another verse of the song:
“You met this thing going on before ya life begin
And ya sure gonna leave it behind when ya life end
So don’t be no fool worrying bout when people talk bout you
Cause most of the time they wishin’ they could be in your shoe.”
Of course, we feel hurt when others talk about us but we must all come to the realization that as long as we are here on earth there is a likelihood that we will be talked about in a negative light. As my late pastor, Wilbur Outten, often said, “If no one’s talking about you that means you’re not doing anything with your life.”
As D-Mac said, don’t be no fool worrying about what people are saying about you because most of the time those who are talking about you wish they were in your shoes, meaning, they envy you and wish they could be like you thus the reason why they are talking about you.
Never be afraid to let your light shine simply, because what you think others may say or because you don’t want others to feel insecure. In the words of Marianne Williamson, “Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
As I said to my girls when explaining the lyrics of the song to them, I say to you my readers, do not allow others to discourage you from pursuing your goals because they are talking about you instead let that encourage you to keep pushing. “Haters” will always exist. You just need to show them better than you could tell them by working hard to achieve your goals.
Remember, dogs don’t bark at parked cars; the only time they start barking is when that car start moving. So keep moving and let the ‘dogs’ keep on barking.
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