Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Fourth of July Cat

Fourth of July cat,
Fourth of July cat,
Why do you explode and explode like that?
Neither I nor the kids
Like that splat
So scat!
Fourth of July cat!

This is a re-write of a much-loved song that I learned while
working at the BYU preschool. The original is as follows:

Halloween Cat

Halloween cat,
Halloween cat,
Why do you meow and meow like that?
Neither I nor the moon
Like that tune
So scat!
Halloween cat!

This song took a turn for the morbid, however, when one day as I was walking in and out of the classroom while the kids were singing this song I found that the song playing through my head was actually combining with another song ("Bubble Gum" the first line of which goes, "Bubble gum. Bubble gum. Chewy chewy chewy chewy chewy bubble gum."). Since these two songs have fairly similar rythms, they were easily mixed up/ combined. The result came out as:

Halloween cat,
Halloween cat,
Chewy, chewy, chewy, chewy, chewy,
Halloween cat...

After that little incident I have been inspired multiple times to change the words to the original into more morbid things, like the Fourth of July Cat song that I displayed at the beginning.


  1. haha love it. :) I should teach my kids your version of halloween cat this year...maybe...:) love ya!

  2. You'll be happy to know that your niece Katie and I made up a new version of the Oregon City song while we were on our 14-hour car ride yesterday:

    Oregon City! Where Grandma's house is blue.
    Oregon City! The cousins are coming too!
    Josh, Kat, Sarah, 'Rora, Blake,
    Abbi and Charlie, too!
    Oregon City! You'd like to be there, too.

  3. I sure would like to be there. I am feeling vacation withdrawls today. I want out of Utah so bad!

  4. Sometimes Chris and I sing Halloween Cat.

  5. OK... apparently you have like ten blogs. I just discovered this. I'll try and keep them all straight.

    Chewy, chewy, chewy, chewy, chewy, Halloween cat!
    Ohhhhh sigh.