Songs about cats? Many songs have the words cat or cats in the title, but are not necessarily about Felines. Here are some that are, and some that aren’t.
Perhaps the most famous Cat Song is The Siamese Cat Song recorded by Peggy Lee.
The song is from the Walt Disney 1955 classic "The Lady and The Tramp", an animated film about a classy Cocker Spaniel named Lady who falls for Tramp, a scamp of a mongrel.
The song however is about two arrogant cats, Si and Am, who have given Siamese cats a bad name ever since.
The Siamese Cat Song was penned by Lee along with Sonny Burke and over the years has also been recorded by Freddie and The Dreamers, Mitch Miller, Dave Stewart and Barbara Gaskin, Haylie Duff, and Bobby McFerrin.
"We are Siamese if you please, We are Siamese if you don't please."
Both The Turtles and Petula Clark stepped into recording studios to make very different versions of The Cat in the Window.
This is a song that compares a cat trying to get out of a window with the singer wanting to fly away.
“There's a cat in the window, and he's watching all the birds go passing by, he'd love to fly out the window, go where the wind goes, and so would I.”
The Muppets recorded The Cat Came Back, a song about a kitty that just kept finding its way back no matter how far it was taken from home. "But the cat came back, she wouldn't stay away, she was sitting on the porch the very next day."
In 1950 folks were flooding into record stores and asking for I Tawt I Taw a Puddy Tat.
Mel Blanc recorded the song, written by Alan Livingston, Billy May and Warren Foster, about the cartoon cat and canary duo Sylvester and Tweety.
“I tawt I taw a puddy tat a creeping up on me, I did I taw a puddy tat as plain as he could be.”
The Rooftop Singers followed up their 1963 number one hit Walk Right In, with Tom Cat a ditty about 'Ringtail Tom' who liked to go “strutting round the town” “And when he steps out all the other cats in the neighborhood they begin to shout.”
Fast forward to 1981 and The Stray Cats record a musically different song on a very similar theme, the rockabilly Stray Cat Strut. “Stray cat strut, I'm a ladies' cat, a feline Casanova, hey man, that's where it's at, get a shoe thrown at me from a mean old man, get my dinner from a garbage can.”
Pink Floyd released Lucifer Sam on their debut album which is apparently a song about Syd Barrett's Siamese cat
Norma Tanega apparently owned a cat that she named 'Dog' and liked to take that cat for walks, hence her 1966 hit Walking My Cat Named Dog, which does seem to be about her experience of strolling around town with her pet feline.
The Disney cartoon movie The Aristocats gave us Everybody Wants to Be a Cat sung by Scatman Crothers.
Most songs though that have Cat in the tile, are not truly songs about cats at all.
A great example is the fine song, Cats in the Cradle by Harry Chapin. No cats make an appearance in this song; instead the lyrics contain a very chilling message that every dad should pay heed too.
Bent Fabric, real name Bent Fabricius-Bjerre, had a hit in 1962 with Alley Cat, but this was an instrumental recording so it's not a song about cats. Same goes for Aaron Copeland's The Cat and the Mouse.
The Kinks sang about a Phenomenal Cat who lived in a tree and loved to “wallow all day”, but was it a real cat or a parody of a person?
Cat People (Putting Out Fire) by David Bowie was recorded for the 1982 remake of the film Cat People. Great dark and menacing song but the words have no relationship to cats.
The cat in The Cat Crept In, recorded by Mud was actually a girl, as was the cat in The Rolling Stones' Stray Cat Blues, this one with very sharp Claws. The Stones Look What The Cat Dragged In is not about a cat either.
They Call Her the Cat, by Elton John is about, well it’s not about cats! Neither is Honky Cat, another Elton tune, that one is about a country boy moving to live life in the city.
Three Cool Cats, is a song that was first recorded by the Coasters in 1958 and covered by The Beatles in 1962 (but not released until 1995.) Of course this song is not about cats, but about three teenage boys and three teenage girls.
Leave My Kitten Alone, was originally recorded by Little Willie John in 1959 and later by The Beatles. No surprise to find that the song is not about a kitten.
U2 recorded a song titled An Cat Dubh, which apparently means The Black Cat in Gaelic, no cat in the song though, black or otherwise. Michelle Shocked’s Hep Cat is not a cat.
Johnny Cash recorded Mean Eyed Cat, which is about a woman walking out on him, but it does mention the mean eyed cat.
Delilah recorded by Queen does not have the word cat in either the title or the lyrics but is about Freddie Mercury’s favorite cat. Cat Black, the Wizard's Hat an album track by T. Rex, written by Marc Bolan, may have been about the wizard’s hat but not about a cat.
Janet Jackson recorded Black Cat but it is somewhat doubtful the song is about an actual black feline.
Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee, Johnny Winter and a host of others have recorded Black Cat Bone, not exactly about a cat.
No cats are in Year of the Cat by Al Stewart, Cat Scratch Fever by Ted Nugent, The Lovecats by The Cure or in Cool for Cats by Squeeze. Who can say what The Cat’s In the Well by Bob Dylan is about?
There must be countless other songs that have the words Cat, or Cats, in the title but are not actually about our feline friends.
No doubt there are more songs about cats than those listed on this page, but those songs sadly seem few and far between.
But wait . . . wasn’t there a stage musical all about cats. Cats, the musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber, was first shown in London, England in 1981. Based upon T. S. Eliot’s Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats the show features song after song about . . . Old Gumbie, Grizabella, Mungojerrie And Rumpelteazer, Skimbleshanks, Old Deuteronomy, Gus, Macavity, and Mr. Mistoffelees. All of these characters are, of course, . . . Cats.
Not only does this catchy song have Cat in the title, but Cat Food and you don't get many cat food songs!
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