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The Cat Came Back chords

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This is the version made popular on Smithsonian Folkway records - with references to the crushed orange crate, and no atomic bombs. Was this info helpful? Yes No
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[Verse]
C                    F
Well old Mr. Johnson Had troubles all his own
G                        C
He had an old yellow cat That wouldn't leave home 
                               F
Tried everything he knew to do To get the cat to stay away
G
Even took him up to Canada And told him for to stay

[Chorus]
C
But the cat came back, the very next day
C                               F
Thought he was a goner, but the cat came back
          G        C
`Cause he wouldn't stay away

[Additional verses]
C                             F
Well they give a boy a dollar For to set the cat afloat
G                                 C
And he took him up the river In a sack and a boat
C                            F 
Well the fishin' it was fine Till the news got around
G
That the boat was missing And the boy was drowned...

[Chorus]
C                             F
Well the farmer on the corner Said he'd shoot the cat on sight
G                        C
And he loaded up his gun Full of rocks and dynamite
C                F
The gun went off Heard all over town
G
Little pieces of the man Was all that they found...

[Chorus]
C                             F
Well they finally found a way This cat for to fix
C                               G
They put him in an orange crate Out on Route 66
C                    F
Come a ten ton truck With a twenty ton load
G
Scattered pieces of the orange crate All down the road...

[Chorus]
C                          F  
Now they gave him to a man Going up in the balloon
C                                  G
And they told him for to leave him With the man in the moon
C                           F
Well the balloon got busted Back to earth it head
G
And seven miles away They picked the man up dead...

[Chorus]
C                              F
Well they took him to the shop Where the meat was ground
C                                  G
And they dropped him in the hopper When the butcher wasn't 'round
C                        F
Well the cat disappeared With a blood-curdling shriek
G
And the town's meat Tasted furry for a week...

[Chorus]
C                                     F 
Well, they took him to Cape Canaveral And they put him in a place 
G                         C
Shot him in a U.S. rocket Going way out in space 
C                                 F
Well they finally thought the cat Was out a' human reach
G
Next day they got a call From Miami Beach and...

[Chorus]
C
But the cat came back, the very next day
C                               F
Thought he was a goner, but the cat came back
          G        C
`Cause he wouldn't stay away

            
            
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