Old Mr. Johnson had troubles of his own He had a yellow cat who 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 (But You Know) Chorus But the cat came back the very next day The cat came back, they thought he was a goner But the cat came back; he just couldn't stay away
Now the man around the corner swore he'd kill the cat on sight So 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 is all that they found (But you know) Chorus He gave it to a man going up in a balloon He 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 (But you know)
Chorus So he gave it to a man going way out West He told him for to take it to the one he loved the best First the train hit the track, then it jumped the rail Not a soul was left behind to tell the gruesome tale (But you know)
Chorus Now the cat was a possessor of a family of his own With seven little kittens till there came a cyclone It tore the houses all apart and tossed the cat around The air was filled with kittens but not one was ever found (But You Know) (Chorus – repeat twice)
Writer/s: HARRY MILLER
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Ice Queen from OttawaI'm Canadian and I was in a punk band in the early 90's. We did a version of this song and somehow it was found out and we had to register that we were playing it. Don't know how anyone outside the punk scene ever found that out!