Jasper Tabby Kitty Cat-y (Lyrics)

“Jasper Tabby Kitty Cat-y” (parody “Barnyards of Delgaty”)
Words Marc Gunn, music traditional, March 15, 2004

Performed by Marc Gunn
From CD: Irish Drinking Songs for Cat Lovers

As I went down to the feline market,
Feline market to adopt a kitty,
I fell in love with a sweet grey tabby
With the greenest eyes you’ve ever seen.

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Jasper tabby, kitty cat-y
Jasper tabby cat kitty
Jasper Kitty tabby cat-y
The greenest eyes you’ve ever seen.

He meowed to me that he was lonely.
Tired of roaming streets you see.
He purrs while I massage his neck
And cradle him like a baby.

Before I wake up every morning,
He’d wake up and walk on me,
Bite my hair and chat real loudly
Didn’t he know I was trying to sleep?

He won’t drink water from his cat bowl
Waits till the fawcett is turned on
When I don’t follow his instructions
He nips my ankles and meows this song.

Now he’s hissing at my new kitties
Growling loudly, green eyes glaring
Hell hath no furry like Jasper Kitty
With the greenest eyes you’ve ever seen.

Background

This cat song is based on the Scottish folk song and bothy ballad “Barnyards of Delgaty“. The Bothy ballads combined fantasy with the everyday life the plowmen. This song combines a wee bit o’fantasy with my first pet cat, Jasper, who has the most-beautiful green eyes. Look for it on my Irish Drinking Songs for Cat Lovers CD.

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