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The Cat Came Back

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

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But the cat came back the very next day
The cat came back, they thought he was a goner
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But the cat came back, he just wouldn't stay away

The man around the corner swore he'd kill the cat on sight
He loaded up his shotgun with nails and dynamite
He waited and he waited for the cat to come around
Ninety-seven pieces of the man was all they found

He gave to a little boy with a dollar note
Told him for to take it up the river in a boat
They tied a rope around it's neck, it must have weighed a pound
Now they drag the river for a little boy that's drowned

He gave it to a man going up in a balloon
Told him for to take it to the man in the moon
The balloon came down about ninety miles away
Where the man is now, well I dare not say

He gave it to a man going way out west
Told him for to take it to the one he loved best
First the train hit a curve then it jumped the rail
Not a soul was left behind to tell the gruiesome tale

Away across the ocean he did send the cat at last
Vessel only out a day and taking water fast
People all began to pray, the boat began to toss
A great big gust of wind came by and every soul was lost

The atom bomb fell just the other day
The H-bomb fell in a similar way
Russia went, England went and then the USA
The human race was finished without a chance to pray