“Tom Cat”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1925 (Scarborough)
Keywords: animal technology
Found in: US(So)

Description

"Funniest thing that ever I seen Was a tom cat stitchin' on a sewin' machine! O-ho, my baby, take a-one on me!" "Sewed so easy and he sewed so slow, Took ninety-nine stitches on the tom-cat's toe, O-ho, my baby...."

Supplemental text

Tom Cat
  Complete text(s)

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From Dorothy Scarborough, On the Trail of Negro Folk-Songs,
p. 91. Apparently collected by Mrs. Tom Bartlett of
Marlin, Texas.

Funniest thing that ever I seen
Was a tom cat stitchin' on a sewin' machine!
O-ho, my baby, take a-one on me!

Sewed so easy and he sewed so slow,
Took ninety-nine stitches on the tom-cat's toe,
O-ho, my baby, take a-one on me!

Notes

Presumably from the same roots as "Take a Whiff On Me" or something like it. With only two verses, I can't really tell if it's a separate song or not -- but we're splitters, so we file it as if it is. - RBW

Cross references

References

  1. Scarborough-NegroFS, p. 91, "Tom Cat" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. ST ScaNF091 (Full)
  3. BI, ScaNF091