The Cat Came Back

Old Mister Johnson had troubles of his own.
He had a yellow cat, and it wouldn't leave home.
He tried and he tried to give the cat away.
He gave it to a man going off to Bombay.

*Chorus: But, the cat came back the very next day.
The cat came back - thought it was a goner,
But the cat came back.
It just couldn't stay away.

He gave it to a man going way out west,
Told him to take it to the one he loved the best.
The train hit a curve, and it jumped the rail.
Not a soul was left to tell the gruesome tale.
Gave it to a gambler with a dollar note,
Told him to take it up the river in a boat,
Tied a rope around its neck that must have weighed a pound.
Now they drag the river for the gambler that drowned.
Gave it to a feller up in a balloon,
Telling him to take it to the man in the moon.
The balloon, it busted, and everybody said
Ten miles away, they picked that feller up good and dead.
The farmer swore he'd kill the yellow cat on sight,
Loaded up his shotgun with nails and dynamite,
Waited and he waited for it to come around.
Ninety-seven pieces of the man is all they found.
Way across the ocean, they sent the cat at last,
Vessel only out a day and taking water fast.
People all began to pray, the boat began to toss,
Great big gust of wind came by, and every soul was lost.
On a telegraph wire, sparrows in a bunch.
Cat was feeling hungry, thought they'd be good for lunch.
Climbed softly up the pole, and when it reached the top,
Stepped on the electric wire which tied it in a knot.
The cat got discouraged and thought the thing to do
Was to take a vacation upon the ocean blue.
So it took a voyage to six foreign cities,
And came home one month later with six little kitties.
Cat was possessor of a family of its own
With six little kittens 'till there came a cyclone,
Blew the house apart and tossed the cat around.
The air was full of kittens; not one was ever found.