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The Cat Came Back


Old Farmer Johnson had a problem of his own, He had a black cat that wouldn’t leave him alone. Tried and he tried, to give that cat away, But each time he tried it came back the next day! But… Chorus He gave it to a man going way out west, Told him to give it to the one he loved most. Train skipped a track, then it skipped a rail, No one survived to tell that gruesome tail. But.. Chorus He gave it to a man going up in a balloon, Told him to give it to the man in the moon. The balloon came down, ninety miles away, Where that man is today I cannot say. But… Chorus Gave it to a boy with a ten dollar note, Told him to take it to the river in a boat. Tied a rock around its neck, must have weighed a hundred pounds, Now they drag that river for the little boy who drowned. But… Chorus Old Farmer Johnson swore he’d shoot that cat on sight, Loaded up his gun with nails and dynamite. Waited ’round the corner for that cat to come around, Ninety-seven pieces of that man was all they round. But… Chorus BIG FINISH (Yelled by leader, slow down) The A-bomb fell, just the other day, The H-bomb fell, in the very same way. England went “shhhhh”, Russia went “shhhh”, then the U.S.A The entire human race destroyed, without a chance to pray, HOWEVER…(pick up pace) Chorus The cat came back, the very next day. Oh, the cat came back, they thought he was a goner, but the cat came back, he just couldn’t stay away, away, away, HEY HEY HEY


During verses, snap every other beat (Old, Johnson, problems, etc) During chorus, clap ever other beat “Balloon” point up “West” point west “Neck” point at neck “Shoot” as if holding gun “Corner” pull gun to ready Big finish: snaps go over head to leg (big snaps) 2 “Shhhh” like a gentle “safe” motion in baseball “USA” Scout salute “Pray” Fold hands in front (prayer) “However” Raise hand triumphantly with one finger raised


Mike Harmer

I created this website back in 1996, and have slowly added content to it over the years. Some resources have been contributed by viewers and other people who love the outdoors.

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