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The Cat Came Back

This song has proven itself to be very popular, especially with ages 3 and up. Children almost universally love the book I bring to class. They have little trouble following the logic and flow of the song, and the refrain is easy for them to sing.
You will likely find the original lyrics somewhat inappropriate for young children. I sing the lyrics below.



Old Mister Johnson had troubles of his own,
He had a yellow cat that wouldn't leave his home
He tried and he tried to give that cat away;
He found an ocean liner going far, far away,

Chorus:
But the cat came back the very next day,
The cat came back. They thought he was a goner,
But the cat came back. He just wouldn't stay away, away, away.

Mister Johnson gave the cat to a man in a balloon;
He said, "Please take this cat and leave it on the moon!"
The balloon came down about ninety miles away;
Where the man is now, well, no one wants to say,

(Chorus)

Mister Johnson gave the cat to a fellow heading West;
He said, "This cat's a present for the one you love the best!"
First the train hit the track, then it bounced and jumped a rail;
Not a person stayed around to tell the gruesome tale,

(Chorus)

Now the cat became the father of a family of his own;
They lived with Mister Johnson 'til there came a cyclone
It tore the house apart and tossed the cats around;
The air was filled with kitties – the cat could not be found –

(Chorus)