The New Christy Minstrels

The Cat Came Back

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The Cat Came Back

	  		
      C                               G               C 
Now, just like everybody, you've got troubles of your own, 
    C                                G               C 
But let me tell you, mister, of the sorrow I have known. 
   Am                            C              F 
I had an old, gray cat that I couldn't bear to keep. 
     C                             G                   C 
He spent the nights a-howlin' and he wouldn't let me sleep. 


      C                       G               C 
So I put him in a box and I tied it up quite well. 
   C                             G                C 
I had some fellas help me and I paid them not to tell. 
 Am              C                      F 
They put it in a boxcar, the westbound 710. 
     C                         G          C 
The train pulled away and was never seen again. 


       C                   G 
But the cat came back the very next day. 
         G                     C 
Yes, the cat came back and he wouldn't stay away. 
  C           G 
Meow, kitty. Meow, so pretty. 
 G                         Am   G   C 
Meow, such a pity, but the cat came back. 


    C                           G             C 
We took him to the harbor and we put him on a ship. 
  C                                G       C 
We bid him, "Bon voyage," for that oceanic trip. 
 Am                          C               F 
The captain was obliging and glad to help us out. 
  C                                  G               C 
They tied him to the anchor so that there could be no doubt. 


   C                                 G                C 
Well, we heard the sad report of that mighty storm at sea 
   C                                      G           C 
And, though it may sound heartless, I was happy as can be. 
 Am                                C              F 
The paper said the ship went down beneath a heavy gale 
  C                                G             C 
And not a single soul was left to tell the awful tale. 


       C                   G 
But the cat came back the very next day. 
         G                     C 
Yes, the cat came back and he wouldn't stay away. 
  C           G 
Meow, kitty. Meow, so pretty. 
 G                         Am   G   C 
Meow, such a pity, but the cat came back. 


  C                             G                C 
Then we gave him to a scientist destined for the moon. 
   C                                G           C 
The cat was used for ballast in an outer space balloon. 
  Am                                  C                  F 
I guess you know what happened, that balloon is up there still 
  C                                      G              C 
And early that next morning, guess what came across the hill. 



Meow, that's right. 


 C                                 G                 C 
Now, everyone in town was sworn to shoot that cat on sight. 
  C                              G                C 
With that crazy cat around, you couldn't sleep at night. 
 Am              C                                F 
We even formed a posse just to hunt that critter down. 
  C                                     G              C 
You could hear the guns a-blazin' as we ran him out of town. 


       C                   G 
But the cat came back the very next day. 
         G                     C 
Yes, the cat came back and he wouldn't stay away. 
  C           G 
Meow, kitty. Meow, so pretty. 
 G                         Am   G   C 
Meow, such a pity, but the cat came back. 


  C                                 G             C 
Here's the moral to our story: When looking for a friend,  
 C                                 G              C 
If you get an old, gray cat, he's yours until the end. 
 Am                           C               F 
You'll never drag him off, no matter what you do. 
 C                                   G               C 
Bear in mind this dreadful tale that we have told to you. 


       C                   G 
But the cat came back the very next day. 
         G                     C 
Yes, the cat came back and he wouldn't stay away. 
  C           G 
Meow, kitty. Meow, so pretty. 
 G                         Am   G   C 
Meow, such a pity, but the cat came back. 
		  

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