Tuesday, October 13, 2015

The Cat Came Back

I’m apologizing for that last story with a cat picture. [EDIT: replaced with scarier picture.]



And the lyrics to a song, which has many, many versions, as far as I can tell.  This is the one I learned. 

Now, Old Mister Johnson had trouble of his own,
He had an old yellow cat that wouldn’t leave him alone,
He gave it to a man that lived far away
But the cat came back – the very next day.

But the cat came back, the very next day.
The cat came back – we thought it was a goner!
The cat came back, it just couldn’t stay away.

The man down the street said he’d shoot that cat on sight.
He loaded up his shotgun full of nails and dynamite.
He waited and he waited for the cat to come around.
Forty-seven pieces of that man was all they found.

But the cat came back, the very next day.
The cat came back – we thought it was a goner!
The cat came back, it just couldn’t stay away.

Gave it to a little boy, with a dollar note.
Told him to take it up the river in a boat.
Tie a rock ‘round its neck that weighs a couple pounds.
Now they drag the river for the little boy that drowned.

But the cat came back, the very next day.
The cat came back – we thought it was a goner!
The cat came back, it just couldn’t stay away.

Gave it to a man who was headed out west.
Told him to take it to the one he loved best.
The train went ‘round the curve too fast and jumped off the rail
Not a soul was left behind to tell the gruesome tale.

But the cat came back, the very next day.
The cat came back – we thought it was a goner!
The cat came back, it just couldn’t stay away.

He sent that cat away across the ocean at last.
Three days out of port, and making water fast.
The sea became rough and the ship began to toss
A mighty gust of wind came up and every soul was lost

But the cat came back, the very next day.
The cat came back – we thought it was a goner!
The cat came back, it just couldn’t stay away.



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