“The Cat Came Back”

Author: probably Henry S. Miller
Earliest date: 1924 (recording, Fiddlin' John Carson); the Miller text is dated 1893
Keywords: animal separation return humorous
Found in: US(So)

Description

(Old Mister Johnson) makes many attempts to rid himself of his cat -- blowing it up, shipping it away, etc. But in every instance "The cat came back the very next day... They thought he was a goner, but the kitty came back...."

Notes

Spaeth, in _A History of Popular Music in America_, says that Henry S. Miller's version of this song was popular in 1893; presumably it was written about that time. - RBW

Recordings

References

  1. Randolph 444, "The Cat Came Back" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Randolph/Cohen, pp. 350-352, "The Cat Came Back" (1 text, 1 tune -- Randolph's 444)
  3. Spaeth-ReadWeep, p. 147, "The Cat Came Back" (fragmentary text, partial tune)
  4. Silber-FSWB, p. 400, "The Cat Came Back" (1 text)
  5. DT, CATBACK CATBACK2
  6. Roud #5063
  7. BI, R444