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The Cat Came Back (singalong to the midi music)

The Talking Cat

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Old Mr. Johnson had troubles of his own,
He had a yellow cat which wouldn't leave its home;
He tried and he tried to give the cat away,
He gave it to a man going far, far away.

But the cat came back, the very next day
The cat came back, they thought he was a gonna
But the cat came back, it just couldn't stay away.


The man around the corner swore he'd kill the cat on sight,
He loaded up his shotgun with nails and dynamite;
He waited and he waited for the cat to come around,
97 pieces of the man is all they found

But the cat came back, the very next day
The cat came back, they thought he was a gonna
But the cat came back, it just couldn't stay away.


He gave it to a man going up in a balloon,
He told him for to take it to the man in the moon,
The balloon came down about 90 miles away,
Where he is now, well I dare not say.

But the cat came back, the very next day
The cat came back, they thought he was a gonna
But the cat came back, it just couldn't stay away.


He gave it to a little boy with a dollar note,
Told him for to take it up the river in a boat;
They tied a rope around its neck, it must have weighed a pound,
Now they dragged the river for a little boy that's drowned.

But the cat came back, the very next day
The cat came back, they thought he was a gonna
But the cat came back, it just couldn't stay away.


He gave it to a man going way out west,
Told him for to take it to the one he loved the best;
First the train hit the curve, then it jumped 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, they thought he was a gonna
But the cat came back, it just couldn't stay away.


The cat it had some company one night out in the yard,
Someone threw a boot-jack, and they threw it mighty hard,
It caught the cat behind the ear, she thought it rather slight,
When along came a brick-bat and knocked the cat out of sight.

But the cat came back, the very next day
The cat came back, they thought he was a gonna
But the cat came back, it just couldn't stay away.


Away across the ocean they did send the cat at last,
Vessel only out a day and making the water fast;
People all began to pray, the boat began to toss,
A great big gust of wind came by and every soul was lost.

But the cat came back, the very next day
The cat came back, they thought he was a gonna
But the cat came back, it just couldn't stay away.


On a telegraph wire, sparrows sitting in a bunch,
The cat was feeling hungry, thought she'd like em for a lunch.
Climbing softly up the pole, and when she reached the top,
Put her foot upon the electric wire, which tied her in a knot.

But the cat came back, the very next day
The cat came back, they thought he was a gonna
But the cat came back, it just couldn't stay away.


The cat was a possessor of a family of its own,
With seven little kittens, 'til there came a cyclone;
Blew the houses all apart and tossed the cat around,
The air was full of kittens, and not a one was ever found.

But the cat came back, the very next day
The cat came back, they thought he was a gonna
But the cat came back, it just couldn't stay away.

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