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Rog Peek Origins: The Cat Came Back (Harry S. Miller, 1893) (43) Lyr Add: THE CAT CAME BACK (Miller/Houston) 24 Feb 12

Cisco Houston's version:

As recorded on "Cisco Houston: Greatest Recordings" (2015)

Well old Mr. Johnson had troubles all his own.
He had an old yeller cat that wouldn't leave home;
Tried everything he knew 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 gave a boy a dollar, for to set the cat afloat
And he took him up the river in a sack in a boat.
Now the fishing it was fine 'til the news got around
That the boat was missing and the boy was drowned,
But the cat came back....

Well the farmer on the corner said he'd shoot him on sight.
He loaded up his gun full of rocks and dynamite.
The explosion was heard all over town.
Little pieces of the man was all that they found,
But the kitty came back....

Well they gave him to a man going up in a balloon
And they told him for to leave him with the man in the moon.
The balloon it busted; back to earth it head.
Seven miles away they picked the man up dead,
But the kitty came back....

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....

Then 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....

Then they took him to Cape Canaveral and they put him in a place.
They shot him in a rocket going way out in space,
And they finally thought the cat was out of human reach.
Next day they got a call from Miami Beach
And the cat came back....

RP Feb12

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