Thomas Cat, The
DESCRIPTION: The "Thomas" cat meets his Miss and asks if she's "been off keeping comp'ny with some other Thomas cat." "The cats they have a concert at the end of every year" marked by miaowing and fighting.
EARLIEST DATE: 1951 (MUNFLA/Leach)
KEYWORDS: courting fight humorous nonballad animal
FOUND IN: Canada(Newf)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Bennett-Downey 23, pp. 140-142, "The Thomas Cat" (1 text)
Tom Cornelly, "Thomas Cat" (on MUNFLA/Leach)
Jerome Downey, "The Thomas Cat" (on NFJDowney01)
NOTES: The tune is close to "The Bigler" without the chorus. There's a note about that tune at "The Tramway Line" and a list of songs related by that tune at "The Bigler's Crew [Laws D8]."
Also see a text and hear an excerpt of "Thomas Cat" among Newfoundland songs as sung by Tom Cornelly on the "MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada" site at http://tinyurl.com/tbdx-ThomasCat, accessed February 17, 2015. Bennett-Downey says Downey learned his version from Cornelly. - BS
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