MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada
Thomas Cat
Tom Cornelly NFLD 2 Tape 23 Track 5
(St. Shott's ?) Audio:

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.


Sources: Creighton-Nova Scotia Archives 1442.

History: Found in Newfoundland & Nova Scotia.

Text: A humorous song about the "noble," "cute," and "sly" Thomas Cat. The song describes his daily activities, such as knocking over bowls of gravy and meeting his mistress on the fence. At the end of every year, the cats hold a concert/fight, the noise of which would be familiar to anyone who has ever heard cats fighting.

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