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The Cat Came Back (animated video added june 2007)

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THE BUG CAME BACK
THE CAT CAME BACK
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(origins) Origins: The Cat Came Back (Harry S. Miller, 1893) (43)
Lyr Req: The Cat Came Back - Alt. Verse Needed (17)
BS: Why did the Cat Come Back??? (58) (closed)


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The Cat Came Back (version 1)


23 Apr 99 - 12:47 PM
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23 Apr 99 - 12:56 PM
Bruce O. 23 Apr 99 - 01:03 PM
Joe Offer 23 Apr 99 - 01:37 PM
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lesblank 23 Apr 99 - 05:24 PM
Roger in Baltimore 23 Apr 99 - 07:41 PM
rich r 23 Apr 99 - 10:12 PM
Roger in Baltimore 24 Apr 99 - 11:08 AM
katlaughing 24 Jun 07 - 10:24 AM
Leadfingers 24 Jun 07 - 10:45 AM
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Subject: The Cat Came Back
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Date: 23 Apr 99 - 12:47 PM

I have heard several versions of "The Cat Came Back" and am trying to gather as many verses as I can--Know where any versions are perchance?


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Subject: RE: The Cat Came Back
From: Wolfgang
Date: 23 Apr 99 - 12:53 PM

e.g here in the database, and there's one more version.

Wolfgang


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Subject: RE: The Cat Came Back
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Date: 23 Apr 99 - 12:56 PM

Try a search of the Digitrad database for [cat came back]
The brackets indicate that it's a phrase.
You'll get 2 versions plus a parody.


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Subject: RE: The Cat Came Back
From: Bruce O.
Date: 23 Apr 99 - 01:03 PM

10 verses plus chorus in the song by Harry Miller, 1893. Levy sheet music collection, box 54, #22.


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Subject: RE: The Cat Came Back
From: Joe Offer
Date: 23 Apr 99 - 01:37 PM

I haven't figured out a clever way to link directly to a song at the Levy Sheet Music Collection (click here), but the search engine at Levy is pretty easy to use if you work at it a bit. I was surprised to find that this was an old minstrel song. In its original form, it's a fairly strong ethnic insult. I guess it's a good reminder that racism was a way of life for our ancestors, and maybe we have made progress. Good song, nonetheless, but I'm glad it was "cleaned up" so now it's only prejudicial about cats (sorry, catspaw...)
-Joe Offer-

Click here for original sheet music


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Subject: RE: The Cat Came Back
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Date: 23 Apr 99 - 01:55 PM

Thanks guys...just what I was looking for!


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Subject: RE: The Cat Came Back
From: lesblank
Date: 23 Apr 99 - 05:24 PM

A Forum search should turn up a thread, perhaps a year old in which Don Meixner (I think it was he) and I exchanged verses. I sing that ditty every time I come into close contact with anything that has strings.


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Subject: RE: The Cat Came Back
From: Roger in Baltimore
Date: 23 Apr 99 - 07:41 PM

Les,

I think I found the thread, CLICK HERE. Just making life a little easier on the Mudcat.

Roger in Baltimore


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Subject: RE: The Cat Came Back
From: rich r
Date: 23 Apr 99 - 10:12 PM

Roger,

That's a bloody long thread for no actual verses ;-)

rich r


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Subject: RE: The Cat Came Back
From: Roger in Baltimore
Date: 24 Apr 99 - 11:08 AM

Well, yeah, Rich, but there are links!

Roger in Baltimore


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Subject: RE: The Cat Came Back
From: katlaughing
Date: 24 Jun 07 - 10:24 AM

Anyone who likes this song, should watch this animated video on youtube. It's hilarious!


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Subject: RE: The Cat Came Back
From: Leadfingers
Date: 24 Jun 07 - 10:45 AM

Thanks for that Link Kat !


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Subject: RE: The Cat Came Back
From: oldhippie
Date: 24 Jun 07 - 11:37 AM

There are versions by Cisco Houston and Garrison Keeler, which have some verses different that normally heard.


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Subject: RE: The Cat Came Back
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 24 Jun 07 - 06:06 PM

The cartoon is from the Canadian Film board - if I could be bothered to go downstairs and look, I could tell you all the other details from the video I have there.

LTS


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Subject: RE: The Cat Came Back (animated video added june 2007)
From: john f weldon
Date: 24 Jun 07 - 08:39 PM

Cordell Barker was the director


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Subject: RE: The Cat Came Back (animated video added june 2
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 24 Jun 07 - 09:32 PM

character voices - John Weldon

any relation?

sandra


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Subject: RE: The Cat Came Back (animated video added june 2007)
From: john f weldon
Date: 25 Jun 07 - 08:32 AM

the credit layout is a bit confusing; it actually reads "story consultant". (Yeah, it's me)
this link should bring you to legal versions of Cat and Log Driver and many more:



http://www.nfb.ca/animation/objanim/en/films/?PHPSESSID=9c3cd1c39f88df4f4a8d4df7999f3aeb


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Subject: RE: The Cat Came Back (animated video added june 2007)
From: john f weldon
Date: 25 Jun 07 - 08:38 AM

Also Blackflies (song Wade Hemsworth, director Chis Hinton) can be found there (see above).

Here's where you can find me:

http://www.weldonalley.ca/


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Subject: RE: The Cat Came Back (animated video added june 2
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 25 Jun 07 - 09:06 AM

I thought the youtube video looked a bit sus. Just like my all time favourite - Shaun the Sheep - withdrawn soon after I found it (wahhhh, sob)


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Subject: RE: The Cat Came Back (animated video added june 2
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 25 Jun 07 - 10:00 AM

ps. your website is great, I love the Pensees

sandra


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Subject: RE: The Cat Came Back (animated video added june 2
From: sian, west wales
Date: 25 Jun 07 - 12:00 PM

I can't get Logdriver's Waltz to load on the NFB site. Great films, though I use (and prefer) another tune for The Cat Came Back. Why, oh why can't other broadcasters / programme commissioners see the potential for trad/folk songs like this?

Well done, John.

sian


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Subject: RE: The Cat Came Back (animated video added june 2007)
From: john f weldon
Date: 25 Jun 07 - 12:10 PM

the NFB site is notoriously confusing and buggy!
You're right! I will attempt to complain, but the last time I got them to fix something it took 6 months!

AgggggH!

Happily most of the other films work, and there are always lots of illegal copies of Loggie & many other NFB films kicking around the internet. The NFB tries to track them down and eliminate them, but they just pop up somewhere else.

good hunting!


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Subject: RE: The Cat Came Back (animated video added june 2007)
From: Rog Peek
Date: 25 Jun 07 - 12:17 PM

Cisco Houston's version:

Old Mr. Johnson had troubles of his own
Had an ol' yella' cat that wouldn't leave home
He tried everything 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 gonner but the cat came back
'Cause he wouldn't stay away

Gave the boy a dollar, the cat tom set afloat
Took him up the river in a sack in a boat
The fishing was fine 'til the word got around
That the boat was missing and the boy was drowned
But the kitty came back the very .........

The farmer on the corner said he'd shoot him on sight
Loaded up his gun full of rocks and dynamite
The explosion was heard all over town
Pieces of the farmer was all that they found
But the kitty came back the very............

Gave him to a man who went up in a balloon
Told him for to leave him with the man in the moon
The balloon was busted down to earth it sped
Seven miles away they picked the man up dead
But the cat came back the very.........

Thought he'd found a way the cat for to fix
Dropped him in an orange crate on route 66
Came a ten ton truck with a twenty ton load
Scattered bits of orange crate all down the road
But the cat came back the very..........

Poor old cat had a family of his own
Seven little kittens 'til there came a cyclone
Blew the house apart, tossed the cats around
Air full of kittens, but not a one was found
But the cat came back the very………..

Took him to the shop where the meat was ground
Put him in the hopper when the butcher wasn't 'round
The cat disappeared with a blood curdling shriek
Town's meat tasted furry for a week
But the cat came back the very............

Took him to Cape Canaveral put him in a place
Shot him in a rocket way out into space
Just when he thought it was out of human reach
He got a call from Miami beach
And the cat came back the very.............


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Subject: RE: The Cat Came Back (animated video added june 2007)
From: GUEST
Date: 08 Nov 07 - 12:01 PM

Where Online can I find a record, Cassette Tape, or CD of the Song. The Cat Came Back??


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Subject: RE: The Cat Came Back (animated video added june 2007)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 08 Nov 07 - 04:16 PM

Hi-

This Amazon Search (click) will lead you to a surprising number of recordings. I like Fred Penner's version - and he has a sequel.

This YouTube Search (click) will lead you to a number of videos, including the animated version that Katlaughing linked to above.

Note that we have a link to a MIDI of the tune above, and several different versions are included in the crosslinks at the top of this page.

Hope that helps.

-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: The Cat Came Back (animated video added june 2007)
From: GUEST,TJ in San Diego
Date: 09 Nov 07 - 12:18 PM

This thread reminded me of another "cat song" by Hoyt Axton. I think the name was "Della and the Dealer."

      Chorus:
       "If that cat could talk, what tales he'd tell,
         About Della and the Dealer and the dog, as well,
         But the cat was cool,
         And he never said a mumblin' word."


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