The song that introduced me to Cisco when I was a child, this performance still makes me smile as it did back then. We certainly weren't worried about the dangers of suggesting bad behavior to children back then Isn't it funny how those who laugh at the sociological preferences of the past, e. A six year old today is more likely to enjoy a lesson in school about homosexual sex than to hear this song. An indestructible cat is the subject of this amusing song, which Cisco Houston brings up to date with the addition of a verse about "a U.
adapted/arr. Paul Jennings
We've had many requests for this great old tune, one with a long and rambling history. The original version was published in , with a rather unpleasant subtitle, typical of the very politically incorrect comic songs of the era, when illustrated sheet music was the big way to make money from a song. You can see the original on Wikipedia, though we don't recommend that you share it with your classes unless you are comfortable discussing racially hurtful words with them.
The Cat Came Back
Miller in Nowadays, people sing a version like the one just below. The original version by Harry S. Miller is lower down on the page. Johnson had troubles of his own He had a yellow cat which wouldn't leave his home; He tried and he tried to give the cat away, He gave it to a man goin' far, far away. Chorus 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 gave it to a man going up in a balloon, Told him to give it to the man in the moon; Balloon cam down about ninety miles away, But where the man is today I cannot say. Chorus He gave it to a man going way out West, Told him to give it to the one he loved best, The train hit a curve, then it jumped the rail, Not a soul's alive to tell that gruesome tail. Chorus The man around the corner swore he'd shoot that cat on sight, He loaded up his shotgun with nails and dynamite; He waited and he waited for the cat to come around, Ninety seven pieces of the man is all they found. Chorus He gave it to a little boy with a dollar note, Told him for to take it up the river in a boat; Tied a rope around its neck, must have weighed a pound Now they drag the river for a little boy that's drowned.
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