THE CAT CAME BACK
 
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Dar was ol' Mister Johnson, he had troubles of his own
He had an ol' yaller cat that wouldn't leave it's home
He tried eb'rything he knew to keep dat cat away
Eben send it to the preacher an' tole it for to stay.

Chorus: But the cat came back, couldn't stay no longer
Yes, the cat came back the very next day
The cat came back though he was a goner
But the cat came bcak because it wouldn't stay away.


De cat did hab some company one night out in de yard
Someone frowed a boot-jack, an' dey frowed it mighty hard
Caught de cat behind de ear she thought it rather slight
When along dar comes a brick-bat an' it knocks it out ob sight.

Chorus: But the cat came back, couldn't stay no longer
Yes, the cat came back the very next day
The cat came bcak though he was a goner
But the cat came back because it wouldn't stay away.
 
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Performed by Tony Pastor (1832-1908)
('The Father of Vaudeville')
 
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