Thomas Cat (MacEdward Leach)

Did you ever hear the story about the Thomas Cat?
He is a noble animal, he lives on mutton fat;
He is a noble animal, he is so cute and sly,
And he whacks his paw into the dish and he makes the gravy fly.

He is a noble animal, his head is full of sense,
And when he wants to meet his miss he goes upon the fence;
And so, pussycat, oh, where have you been at,
You been up keeping company with some other Thomas Cat?

Oh, the cats they have a concert the end of every year,
And the way they begin it is the biting of their ear:
First they begin to hop and squawk and then begin to cry,
And back upon their muscle and the fur begins to fly.

####.... Author unknown ....####

Collected in 1951 from Helen Creighton's Nova Scotia Archives (see below) as sung by Tom Cornealy and published in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada © 2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).

The original of this variant was collected in 1950 from Tom Cornealy of Halifax, Haifax County, Nova Scotia, on a sound recording by Helen Creighton, archived as Record number 1442, Location number AR 5172, AC 2276, MF number 289.288 in Nova Scotia Archives and Records Management.


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