“The Cat Came Back”


(Old Mister Johnson) makes many attempts to rid himself of his cat -- blowing it up, shipping it away, etc. But in every instance "The cat came back the very next day... They thought he was a goner, but the kitty came back...."


Spaeth, in _A History of Popular Music in America_, says that Henry S. Miller's version of this song was popular in 1893; presumably it was written about that time. - RBW


  • Yodeling Slim Clark, "The Cat Came Back" (Continental 8063, n.d.)
  • Fiddlin' John Carson, "And The Cat Came Back" (Okeh 40119, 1924)
  • Riley Puckett, "The Cat Came Back" (Columbia 15656-D, 1931; rec. 1930) (Decca 5442, 1937)
  • Fiddlin' Doc Roberts, "And The Cat Came Back" (instrumental) (Challenge 307, 1927; Silvertone 8179, 1928)


  1. Randolph 444, "The Cat Came Back" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Randolph/Cohen, pp. 350-352, "The Cat Came Back" (1 text, 1 tune -- Randolph's 444)
  3. Spaeth-ReadWeep, p. 147, "The Cat Came Back" (fragmentary text, partial tune)
  4. Silber-FSWB, p. 400, "The Cat Came Back" (1 text)
  6. Roud #5063
  7. BI, R444


Author: probably Henry S. Miller
Earliest date: 1924 (recording, Fiddlin' John Carson); the Miller text is dated 1893
Found in: US(So)