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Thursday, 10 February 2011

The Cat Came Back - a song to revise the Simple Past Tense

"The Cat Came Back"  is a comic song written by Harry S. Miller  in 1893. 
"The Cat Came Back" has since entered the folk tradition and been recorded under variations of the title.  It is also a popular children's song.


Now, old Mr. Johnson had troubles of his own
He
had  a yellow cat who wouldn't leave his 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 goner
But the cat came back, he just couldn't stay away
give me a MEOW
Now the man around the corner swore he'd shoot 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 that they 
found
But you know? 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
give me a MEOW
So he gave it to a man going up in a balloon,
He told him forth to take it to the man in the moon
The balloon came down about ninety miles away
Where the man is now, well I dare not say

But you know? 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
give me a MEOW
So he gave it to a man going way out West
He told him forth to take him to the one he loved  the best
First the train hit the track  then it jumped the rail
Not a soul was left behind to tell the gruesome tale

But you know what? 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
give me a MEOW, go
Now the cat was the possessor of a family of his own
With seven little kittens till there came a cyclone
It tore the houses all apart and tossed the cat around
The air was filled with kittens, but not one was ever found

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





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