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Origins: Anybody Seen My Kitty?

Joe Offer 24 Nov 15 - 12:56 AM
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Subject: ADD: Anybody Seen My Kitty?
From: Joe Offer
Date: 24 Nov 15 - 12:56 AM

A librarian friend asked me about this song. Anybody know where it comes from? Are there other verses?

ANYBODY SEEN MY KITTY?
(Songwriter: ?)

Anybody seen my kitty
Anybody seen my cat
He came home with a kink in his tail
And I knew that he'd been fighting

Up in Finnegan's alley
Down in Finnegan's flat
Kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty
Anybody seen my cat

from http://praiseinmotion.net/anybody-seen-my-kitty/

Publisher Praise in Motion's YouTube Video of the song says This song is traditional, the arrangement and instrumentation was done by Christina Cook Lee. Doesn't seem like a "traditional" song to me, but maybe so.


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Subject: ADD: Anybody Seen My Kitty? (Lemon Nash)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 24 Nov 15 - 01:30 AM

Good Old Spotify came up with two other songs

ANYBODY SEEN MY KITTY?
(as recorded by Lemon Nash)

Anybody seen my kitty
Anybody seen my cat
Down in Tincan Alley
Boy, what you think of that?

All night long I been lookin'
Looking for my cat
Kitty, Kitty, Kitty,
Kitty, Kitty, Cat
Anybody seen my cat?

From Lemon Nash: The 1959-61 Oster & Allen Recordings


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Subject: ADD: Has Anybody Seen My Kitty? (Tex Ritter)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 24 Nov 15 - 02:28 AM

HAS ANYBODY SEEN MY KITTY?
(as recorded by Tex Ritter, 1954)

Has anybody seen my kitty,
Has anybody seen my cat?
She has a wart at the end of her tail,
Now what do you think of that?

Down in Mulligan's Alley,
Up in Finnegan's Flat,
Kitty, Kitty, Kitty,
Puss, Puss, Puss,
Has anybody seen my cat?

I looked in the cellar,
And I looked in the attic,
And I looked in every tree;
I hope she's only playing
Cat and mouse with me.

Has anybody seen my kitty,
Has anybody seen my cat?
She has a wart at the end of her tail,
Has anybody seen my cat?

[instrumental break]

Has anybody seen my kitty,
Has anybody seen my cat?
She has a wart at the end of her tail,
Now what do you think of that?

I even looked in the Callahan's Bakery,
And talked to the butcher, Pat;
Kitty, Kitty, Kitty,
Puss, Puss, Puss,
Has anybody seen my cat?

I'd scream and a-holler
And get hot in the collar
Every time she'd start to "meow,"
I'd give a million dollars
To hear her meowing now.

Has anybody seen my kitty,
Has anybody seen my cat?
She has a wart at the end of her tail,
Has anybody seen my cat?

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-6lkK_vkTsE


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Subject: RE: Origins: Anybody Seen My Kitty?
From: Joe Offer
Date: 24 Nov 15 - 02:43 AM

Gee, maybe it is traditional. I found a Web page that lists a 1936 songbook that has a song titled "Has Anybody Seen My Kitty?

Here's the Website: http://www2.lib.unc.edu/mss/inv/s/Southern_Folklife_Collection_Song_Folios.html

And the book: Asher Sizemore and Little Jimmie's Fireside Treasures: 1936 Edition. Asher Sizemore. Louisville, Ky. 1936. 48 p. of music.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Anybody Seen My Kitty?
From: Joe Offer
Date: 24 Nov 15 - 02:50 AM

Missed this post:

Thread #81333   Message #1488347
Posted By: John M.
19-May-05 - 02:21 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: 'Rhode Island Red' a trad.(?) bawdy song
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: 'Rhode Island Red' a trad.(?) bawdy song

Here is a version of this song titled "Anybody Seen My Kitty?"  (recording  41KB).  It was recorded in 1963-4 in the USA.   This song uses the same tune and similar theme as the "Cockerel / Rhode Island Red Song".

 

Does anybody know a version of "Anybody Seen My Kitty?"

 

ANYBODY SEEN MY KITTY?   (recording)

Anybody seen my kitty?
Anybody seen my cat?
She came home with a twist in her tail [?]
So I knew she'd be flurring [?]

Anybody seen my cat?
Down by Finnegan's bluff [?]
Kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty
Anybody seen my cat?
 

 


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Subject: ADD Version: Has Anybody Seen My Kitty?
From: Joe Offer
Date: 24 Nov 15 - 03:00 AM

One more:

HAS ANYBODY SEEN MY KITTY?

Has anybody seen my kitty,
Has anybody seen my cat?
He's got a lump at the end of his tail,
To show that he's been fighting.

Up in Milligan's Alley,
Doen in Finnegan's Flat,
Kitty, Kitty, Kitty, Kitty,
Kitty, Kitty, Kitty,
Has anybody seen my cat?

from Camp Songs 'n' Things, page 41, copyright 1939 by Carl E. Zander & Wes H. Klusmann, 1950 Addison St., Berkeley 4, California


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Subject: ADD: Has Anybody Seen Our Cat?
From: Joe Offer
Date: 24 Nov 15 - 03:11 AM

Gee, maybe it will never end....

HAS ANYBODY SEEN OUR CAT?
(T.W. Conner / James T. Powers,   1899)

I'm upset now, let me tell you why,
Our old cat sneaked away, upon the sly
My old Ma declares it is a sign that bad luck's coming,
and two to one it's mine!
I've been wond'ring who I am to blame for sneaking the bacon
and the brawn and the can of milk and beef steak pie,
When they're missing on a Sunday morn!

Every night, as soon as we're in bed,
All his old pals gather overhead;
Gently calling for him to come out
and play a game of leapfrog 'round the gutter of the spout.
In despair, I went to the police,
They told me not to feel so blue,
He might turn up in a penny mince pie or
With his wife, in a day or two!

Has anybody seen our cat?
Has anybody seen our cat?
He's got a bit o'black on the end of his tail
and the skin all off where he's been fighting.
Last Sunday morning we miss'd him from the mat:
- Puss, puss, puss, puss, meat, meat, meat!
Has anybody seen our cat?


And this recording has similarities, but it's not the same:

https://archive.org/details/BurtShepard-HasAnybodySeenOurCat1902


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Subject: ADD version: Has Anybody Seen Our Cat?
From: Joe Offer
Date: 24 Nov 15 - 03:29 AM

Here's a YouTube recording with a transcript (with my corrections):

Burt Shepard - Has Anybody Seen Our Cat? 1901 AKA Has Anybody Seen My Cat?
Composer T. W. Connor - Lyricist James T. Powers
Burt Shepard was born in The United States: Born 1854 Died 1913.
Although born in the United States, Burt Shepard was primarily known for the recordings he made in England. Most of his repertoire consisted of remakes of so-called "coon" songs and comical pieces for the European market taken from American recordings. He was particularly known for his covers of George W. Johnson's two hits, "The Laughing Song" and "Whistling Coon." Shepard was known to have recorded as early as 1898 while his last known session occurred in 1908.


HAS ANYBODY SEEN OUR CAT?
(T.W. Connor & James T. Powers)
[as recorded in 1901 by Burt Shepard]

I'm upset now; let me tell you why,
Our old tom cat's done and run away.
My old gal declares that it's a sign
Somebody's number's up and two to one it's mine.
I've been wondering who I am to blame
For sneaking the bacon and the brawn (?)
And the young man lodger's tender steaks
When they're missing on a Sunday morn.

CHORUS
Has anybody seen our cat?
Has anybody seen our cat?
He's got a bit of black on the end of his tail
And the skin's all off where he's been fighting
Last Sunday morning we missed him from the mat
Work! Work! Work! Work! Meat! Meat! Meat!
Has anybody seen our cat?

How we loved that cat nobody knows
Put butter on his feet and pepper on his nose
When he caught cold, sure I gave myself a job
Covered him with poulters and set him on the hob (?)
When the toothache troubled him so bad
And I found little Tommy couldn't eat
I tied up his face, put tobacco in his ear
And got another cat to chew his meat.
CHORUS

I never thought he'd leave his happy home
Though after the gals he often used to roam
I've sent tripe hounds out upon his track
I'm doing everything to try and get him back
Got two cods heads stuck up on a pole
And nailed up a kipper on the door
And written underneath it 'Welcome home'
And a promise not to kick him any more.
CHORUS


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Subject: RE: Origins: Anybody Seen My Kitty?
From: GUEST
Date: 02 Jan 17 - 08:02 PM

This is how I learned it as a kid about 50 years ago

Once I had a kitty,
A pretty little kitty cat,
Dressed him up with boots,
And a great big cowboy hat,

Sent him out a walkin',
On a summers's day,
I hope old Farmer Brown's old dog,
Don't chase my cat away

Has anybody seen my kitty,
Has anybody seen my cat,
He's got a lump on the end of his tail,
That shows that he's been fighting,

Up on Finnegan's alley,
Down on Finnegan's flat,
Has anybody seen my kitty,
Has anybody seen my cat.


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