The Cat Came Back

from by Andrew Queen

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Original song written by Harry S. Miller and popularized by Fred Penner. New verses written by A. Queen.


Old Mr. Johnson had a ginger cat
Who clawed up the chairs and his favourite hat
Nothing in the house was safe from harm
So he gave the cat away to a neighbouring farm

But the cat came back the very next day
The cat came back. They thought he was a goner
But the cat came back. He just couldn’t stay away

He put the cat outside on a blizzardy night
The wind was howling. What a shivery sight
Never before had they seen such a storm
The cat dug a hole beneath the shed to keep warm

He gave it to a fisherman who promised he would take
The cat on a tour of the bottom of the lake
A scuffle on the boat made a curious sound
When all was said and done it was the fisherman who drowned

He put it on a train on the eastbound tracks
He sent it to his sister in Halifax
The engine jumped the tracks as it rounded a bend
The locomotive met a twisted mangled fiery end

One day that cat had kittens too
When a giant tornado came twisting through
The house was torn to pieces. The cat flew all about
The air was full of kittens! A cat-astrophe no doubt


from Alligator Tracks, released June 1, 2004



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Andrew "Too Tall" Queen is one of the tallest talents in Canada’s family-folk music scene, engaging big and little folks with his animated delivery of original fairy tale songs and twisted traditionals.

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