“The Wild Cat Back on the Pipe Line”


A wildcat shows up on the pipe line. Norman Matchett said "'twas a monkey." Freeman Hare swears "'twas a monsterous bear." Leclair, from Australia, said "'twas a big kangaroo." The singer, a hunter, says the others must have had too much wine at Willie's

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Wild Cat Back on the Pipe Line, The
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From Louise Manny and James Reginald Wilson, Songs of Miramichi,
#47, pp. 185-186. From the singing probable author Jared MacLean
of Strathadam in 1948.

Come all you young men of the Murrymashee,
  And sit by my side and listen to me,
And I'll tell you a story, and I'll make it rhyme,
  About that big wild cat back on the pipe line.

The first one that saw, (sic.) it, Norman Matchett by name,
  He said 'twas a monkey, and that it was tame,
It had a long tail and whiskers to match,
  And clawed like a wild cat all ready to scratch.

(3 additional stanzas)

Cross references


  1. Manny/Wilson 47, "The Wild Cat Back on the Pipe Line" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. ST MaWi047 (Partial)
  3. Roud #9181
  4. BI, MaWi047


Author: probably Jared MacLean
Earliest date: 1948 (Manny/Wilson)
Found in: Canada(Mar)