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The Cat Came Back

Harry S. Miller
Language: English

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1893
Prima registrazione 1924 Fiddlin' John Carson

The Cat Came Back (originariamente pubblicata col titolo The Cat Came Back: A Nigger Absurdity) è un brano musicale scritto da Harry S. Miller nel 1893. Da allora The Cat Came Back è entrato a far parte della tradizione folcloristica anglosassone ed è stata registrata in varie versioni numerose volte, spesso con leggere alterazione del titolo (But the Cat Came Back, And the Cat Came Back ecc.).

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La canzone si è evoluta nel tempo, seguendo le "mode del momento", la versione di Cisco Houston del 1961 fa riferimento alle missioni spaziali, una successiva, che era il testo originariamente inserito in questa pagina, ed, erroneamente, attribuito a Fred Penner alla guerra nucleare.
Qualcun altro ne ha fatto più semplicemente una filastrocca per bambini
Dar was ole Mister Johnson, he had troubles ob his own;
He had an ole yaller cat that wouldn't leave its home.
He tried eb'ry thing he knew to keep de cat away;
Eben sent it to de preacher, an' he tole it for to stay.

But de cat came back, couldn't stay no longer,
Yes de cat came back de very next day;
De cat came back - thought she were a goner,
But de cat came back for it wouldn't stay away.

2. De cat did hab some company one night out in de yard.
Some one frowed a bootjack, an' dey frowed it mighty hard,
Caught de cat behind de ear, she thought it rather slight,
When along dar comes a brickbat an' it knocked it out ob sight.

But de cat came back, couldn't stay no longer,
Yes de cat came back de very next day;
De cat came back - thought she were a goner,
But de cat came back for it wouldn't stay away.

3. Away acrowss de ocean dey send de cat at last,
Vessel only out a day and making water fast;
People all begin to pray, de boat begin to toss,
When a nodder vessel came along and took de people off.

But de cat came back, couldn't stay no longer,
Yes de cat came back de very next day;
De cat came back - thought she were a goner,
But de cat came back for it wouldn't stay away.

4. On a telegraph wire sparrows sitting in a bunch;
Cat a feeling hungry, thought she'd like 'em for a lunch,
Climbing softly up de pole, an' when she reached de top
Put her foot upon de 'lectric wire, which tied her in a knot.

But de cat came back, couldn't stay no longer,
Yes de cat came back de very next day;
De cat came back - thought she were a goner,
But de cat came back for it wouldn't stay away.

5. One time did gib de cat away to a man in a balloon
An' tole him her to gib it to de man in de moon;
But de b'loon it busted, sho, an' eb'rybody sed
It wer seben miles away or more dey picked de man up dead.

But de cat came back, couldn't stay no longer,
Yes de cat came back de very next day;
De cat came back - thought she were a goner,
But de cat came back for it wouldn't stay away.

6. De cat it were a possessor ob a fam'ly ob its own
Wid seben little kittens till dar comes a cyclone,
Blowed de houses all apart and tossed de cat around;
While de air was full ob kittens not a one was eber found.

But de cat came back, couldn't stay no longer,
Yes de cat came back de very next day;
De cat came back - thought she were a goner,
But de cat came back for it wouldn't stay away.

7. De cat it were a terror and dey said it wer de best
To gib it to a n*g*#@ who was going out West.
De train going 'round de curve struck a broken rail,
Not a blessed soul aboard de train wer left to tell de tale.

But de cat came back, couldn't stay no longer,
Yes de cat came back de very next day;
De cat came back - thought she were a goner,
But de cat came back for it wouldn't stay away.

8. A man down on de corner swore to kill de cat at sight,
Loaded up a musket full ob nails and dynamite,
Waited in de garden for de cat to come around;
Half a dozen little pieces ob de man was all dey found.

But de cat came back, couldn't stay no longer,
Yes de cat came back de very next day;
De cat came back - thought she were a goner,
But de cat came back for it wouldn't stay away.

9. Little boy took de cat away, he got a dollar note,
Took it down de ribber in a little open boat,
Tied a brick around its neck an' stone about a pound;
Now dey're grappling in de ribber for a little boy that's drowned.

But de cat came back, couldn't stay no longer,
Yes de cat came back de very next day;
De cat came back - thought she were a goner,
But de cat came back for it wouldn't stay away.

10. While de cat lay a-sleeping an' a-resting one day,
'Round came an organ grinder an' he began to play;
De cat look'd around awhile an' kinder raised her head
When he played Ta-rah-dahboom-da-rah, an' de cat dropped dead.

But its ghost came back to tell you all about it;
Yes its ghost came back, between you and I.
Its ghost came back, may be you will doubt it,
But its ghost came back just to bid 'em all goodbye.

Contributed by DonQuijote82 - 2010/4/15 - 06:58




Language: English

Versione di Cisco Houston (1961)

Well old Mr. Johnson
Had troubles all his own
He had an old yellow cat
That wouldn't leave home
Tried everything he knew to do
To get the cat to stay away
Even took him up to Canada
And told him for to stay

But the cat came back, the very next day,
Thought he was a goner, but the cat came back
'Cause he wouldn't stay away

Well they give a boy a dollar
For to set the cat afloat
And he took him up the river
In a sack and a boat
Well the fishin' it was fine
Till the news got around
That the boat was missing
And the boy was drowned

But the cat came back, the very next day,
Thought he was a goner, but the cat came back
'Cause he wouldn't stay away

Well the farmer on the corner
Said he'd shoot him on sight
And he loaded up his gun
Full of rocks and dynamite
The gun went off,
Heard all over town
Little pieces of the man
Was all that they found

But the cat came back, the very next day,
Thought he was a goner, but the cat came back
'Cause he wouldn't stay away

Well they finally found a way
This cat for to fix
They put him in an orange crate
On Route 66
Come a ten ton truck
With a twenty ton load
Scattered pieces of the orange crate
All down the road

But the cat came back, the very next day,
Thought he was a goner, but the cat came back
'Cause he wouldn't stay away

Now they gave him to a man
Going up in the balloon
And they told him for to leave him
With the man in the moon
Well the balloon got busted,
Back to earth it head,
And seven miles away
they picked the man up dead

But the cat came back, the very next day,
Thought he was a goner, but the cat came back
'Cause he wouldn't stay away

Well they took him to the shop
Where the meat was ground
And they dropped him in the hopper
When the butcher wasn't 'round
Well the cat disappeared
With a blood-curdling shriek
And the town's meat
Tasted furry for a week

But the cat came back, the very next day,
Thought he was a goner, but the cat came back
'Cause he wouldn't stay away

Well, they took him to Cape Canaveral
And they put him in a place
Shot him in a U.S. rocket
Going way out in space
Well they finally thought the cat
Was out a' human reach
Next day they got a call
From Miami Beach and

But the cat came back, the very next day,
Thought he was a goner, but the cat came back
'Cause he wouldn't stay away

Contributed by Dq82 - 2020/11/25 - 11:15




Language: English

Versione della guerra fredda

Old Mister 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 goin' far, far away.

But the cat came back the very next day,
The cat came back, we thought he was a goner
But the cat came back; it just couldn't stay away.
Away, away, yea, yea, yea

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,
Ninety seven pieces of the man is all they found.

But the cat came back the very next day,
The cat came back, we thought he was a goner
But the cat came back; it just couldn't stay away.
Away, away, yea, yea, yea

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 drag the river for a little boy that's drowned.

But the cat came back the very next day,
The cat came back, we thought he was a goner
But the cat came back; it just couldn't stay away.
Away, away, yea, yea, yea

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 ninety miles away,
Where he is now, well I dare not say.

But the cat came back the very next day,
The cat came back, we thought he was a goner
But the cat came back; it just couldn't stay away.
Away, away, yea, yea, yea

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, we thought he was a goner
But the cat came back; it just couldn't stay away.
Away, away, yea, yea, yea

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, we thought he was a goner
But the cat came back; it just couldn't stay away.
Away, away, yea, yea, yea

Away across the ocean they did send the cat at last,
Vessel only out a day and making 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, we thought he was a goner
But the cat came back; it just couldn't stay away.
Away, away, yea, yea, yea

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, we thought he was a goner
But the cat came back; it just couldn't stay away.
Away, away, yea, yea, yea

The cat was a possessor of a family of its own,
With seven little kittens till 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, we thought he was a goner
But the cat came back; it just couldn't stay away.
Away, away, yea, yea, yea

The atom bomb fell just the other day,
The H-Bomb fell in the very same way;
Russia went, England went, and then the U.S.A.
The human race was finished without a chance to pray.

But the cat came back the very next day,
The cat came back, we thought he was a goner
But the cat came back; it just couldn't stay away.
Away, away, yea, yea, yea

Contributed by Dq82 - 2020/11/25 - 11:22




Language: Afrikaans

Versione Afrikaans dei Groep Twee

Ou Jan Wilson had 'n kat wat die ou niet wou verlaat:
Hij 't alles geprobeer om die kat daar weg te keer;
selfs na die predikant om raad van hom te krij.
Die predikant die het gesê: "Die kat moet daar bly".

Maar die kat kom weer, want hy wil nie langer wag.
Die kat kom weer, net die volgende dag;
Die kat kom weer. Glo vir my dis waar
Die ander dag môre was die kat weer daar.

Hullie sit hom op 'n skip en hul stuur hom na Ceylon,
Die skip die was gelaai met 'n twaalf duisend ton.
Nie ver nie van die land daar het die skip gesink,
En al die matrose op die skip het verdrink.

Maar die kat kom weer, want hy wil nie langer wag.
Die kat kom weer, net die volgende dag;
Die kat kom weer. Glo vir my dis waar
Die ander dag môre was die kat weer daar.

Hullie sit hom in 'n ballon en die man die neemt dit aan;
Die katje te gaan gee vir die man in die maan.
Die ballon het gebars met 'n enorme skoot,
Tien myl van die plek lê die man morsdood.

Maar die kat kom weer, want hy wil nie langer wag.
Die kat kom weer, net die volgende dag;
Die kat kom weer. Glo vir my dis waar
Die ander dag môre was die kat weer daar.

Contributed by Dq82 - 2020/11/25 - 11:27


Leggendo di musica gattesca sono tornato su questa pagina che era davvero miserella e mal contribuita (da me) e risalente a 10 anni fa. Ho inserito un'introduzione e cercato di metter un po' di ordine

Dq82 - 2020/11/25 - 11:29


Il cortometraggio "The Cat came back" (1988)

Dq82 - 2020/11/25 - 11:35



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