“Poor Little Kitty Puss”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1915 (Brown)
Keywords: animal death nonballad dancetune
Found in: US(SE,So)

Description

Fiddle tune with lyrics: "Pore little Kitty Puss, Pore little feller, Pore little Kitty Puss, Died in the cellar." "Pore little Fido, Pore little Fidie, Pore little Fidie Died last Friday." Possible chorus: "Don't you hear them wolves a-howling..."

Supplemental text

Poor Little Kitty Puss
  Complete text(s)

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(No title)

From Arthur Palmer Hudson, Folksongs of Mississippi and Their Background,
p. 293. Source not listed. The variation between "little" and "leetle"
is found in Hudson.

Po' little kitty puss, po' leetle ffeller,
Po' little kitty puss died in the cellar.
Don't you hear them wolves a-holwing?
Po' leetle kitty puss in the woods a-yowling.

References

  1. BrownIII 108, "Poor Little Kitty Puss" (1 text)
  2. Hudson 146, p. 293, [no title] (1 fragment)
  3. ST Br3108 (Full)
  4. BI, Br3108