Big Cat 9 (Dick Nolan)
See also: Big Cat Nine (Ellis and Wince Coles)

Gather all around me, I'll sing you a song,
There ain't much to it, and it won't take long;
Just a little somethin' that's been on my mind,
A little wee thing about a Big Cat Nine.

I was in a rock quarry the other day,
Nine-eighty-eight was there diggin' away;
She dug a little while then she had to stop,
Nine-eighty-eight struck solid rock.

She tried and tried in that big rock bed,
Jack he stopped her and shook his head;
He said I guess this is one time,
We gotta call on the Big Cat Nine.

It was just a moment when over the hill,
Came a great yellow monster we all knew well;
Big and mighty and awful strong,
Shook the ground as she walked along.

Well, there in the seat was a man named Bill,
And he could handle that big Cat well;
But I felt nervous all the time,
Thought he might lose that Big Cat Nine.

Well, she spit black smoke as he put her in low,
Wheeled her around and to the rock did go;
The Cat had worth, I'll not forget,
She tore that rock down bit by bit.

As time went on and then one day,
The boss came along to me and did say;
It's now lunch hour and I want you to fill,
All the machines from the tanks on the hill.

Well, I looked around, and my heart felt blue,
There were loaders and scrapers and pr's, too;
Then I saw her and my heart felt fine,
There in the lineup was the Big Cat Nine.

Then I climbed up aboard, it was then I found,
She looked a lot bigger
than she did from the ground;
Blade in front, and the ripper behind,
Couldn't see a thing on the Big Cat Nine.

When I got to the tank so I let the blade down,
Pulled her out of gear,
put the ripper in the ground;
Put on the brake, and there I sat,
Takin' no chances on that big Cat.

When Bill came out I said she's filled up tight,
She got enough diesel to last all night;
Bill he smiled and he said that's fine,
Then he drove away with the Big Cat Nine.

Now there's just one thing
we should keep in mind:
Only God can move mountains,
and the Big Cat Nine.

####.... Ellis Coles ....####
Recorded as Big Cat Nine by Wince and Ellis Coles (Still Barkin', trk#4, 2001, SWC Productions, English Harbour West, NL).

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This variant recorded by Dick Nolan (Happy Newfoundlanders, trk#4, 1973 LP, RCA Records, Toronto, Ontario, produced by Jack Feeney).

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From Wikipedia:
Big Cat 9 - nickname for Caterpillar D9, a series of heavy tracked-type tractors designed and manufactured by Caterpillar Inc. They are usually sold as bulldozers, equipped with a large detachable blade and a rear ripper attachment. The D9 is the real star of the 1974 ABC cult classic movie Killdozer.


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