Daddy Shot The Cat (Shanneyganock) video
#1428: YouTube video by oldirishladdie
©2016 ~ Used with permission ~

Now, Nelly was the prettiest girl
that you had ever seen,
She always was invited
to a dance or to a spree;
She always had a song to sing
and a ditty for to say,
She boldly asked her mother
could she go to the wake.

Oh yes, my darling Nelly,
you can go to the wake,
My advice to you is
you must give and you must take;
For Johnny is the wildest youth
that ever yet was born,
I'm sure that you'll be sorry
comin' home in the morn.

So Nelly then got ready,
to the wake she did appear,
Hoping that her Johnny
he would soon be there;
There was red wine, white wine,
tasty cakes of every kind,
Nelly filled her belly
and had a grand ole time.

The wake it bein' over
all the people gone to rest,
Johnny took his Nelly
to a dark and shady nest;
He took her in his arms,
he laid her on her back,
Saying, I'll show you the game
that they call Shoot The Cat.

The seventh month bein' over,
and the eighth one coming on,
Nelly's little jaws they were
pale and they grew long;
Her apron strings she could not tie,
her belly it grew fat,
They blamed it on the game
that they call the Shoot The Cat.

The eighth month bein' over,
the ninth one come and gone.
Nelly lay in bed with a bouncing baby son;
Her mother said to her one day,
we'll name him for his sake,
We'll call him
Shoot The Cat Coming Home From The Wake.

But the dirty little bugger
he grew up to be a man,
He'd go out around the corner
with his ____ out in his hand;
And every little girl he'd see
he'd give his ____ a shake,
Saying, Daddy shot the cat
coming home from the wake.

####.... Author unknown. Variant of a recording of O J Abbott in Ontario made in 1957 as Nellie Coming Home From The Wake by Edith Fowke (editor) with Keith MacMillan (music consultant), published in The Penguin Book Of Canadian Folk Songs, #62, 1973 ....####
A variant was also collected as Shoot The Cat in the Max Hunter Folk Song Collection, Cat. #0027, sung by Fred High of High, AR, February 12, 1958.

Another variant was recorded as Shoot The Cat by Chris Buffett from Port aux Basques, NL (The Moratorium / Chris Buffett And Jim Buffett, trk#9, 1993, SWC Productions, English Harbour West, NL).

The video above features the lyrics of this variant arranged and recorded by Shanneyganock, followed by an instrumental, Banks Of Newfoundland (Live at O'Reilly's, Vol 1, trk#15, 2000, recorded live at O'Reilly's Pub, St John's NL).

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