March 21, 2006

Nostalgika I: Señor Don Gato

This is the first in a series of posts called Nostalgika, in which I will revisit some of my favorite childhood memories. Come along!

Back in elementary school, we always sang this song and we all loved it, clamored for it, demanded to sing it. Some of you may remember it.

Audio



Señor Don Gato

Oh Señor Don Gato was a cat
On a high red roof Don Gato sat
He went there to read a letter,
Meow, meow, meow
Where the reading light was better,
Meow, meow, meow
'Twas a love note for Don Gato!

"I adore you," wrote the lady cat
Who was fluffy, white and nice and fat.
There was not a sweeter kitty,
Meow, meow, meow
In the country or the city,
Meow, meow, meow
And she said she'd wed Don Gato!

Oh, Don Gato jumped so happily!
He fell off the roof and broke his knee.
Broke his ribs and all his whiskers,
Meow, meow, meow
And his little solar plexus,
Meow, meow, meow
"Ay Caramba!" cried Don Gato.

Then the doctors all came on the run,
Just to see if something could be done.
And they held a consultation,
Meow, meow, meow
About how to save their patient,
Meow, meow, meow
How to save Señor Don Gato.

But in spite of everything they tried
Poor Señor Don Gato up and died.
And it wasn't very merry,
Meow, meow, meow
Going to the cemetery,
Meow, meow, meow
For the ending of Don Gato.

When the funeral passed the market square,
Such a smell of fish was in the air!
Though his burial was slated,
Meow, meow, meow
He became reanimated,
Meow, meow, meow
He came back to life, Don Gato!

28 comments:

BadGod said...

I have never EVER sang that song or one like it. What the hell kinda school did you go to?

BadGod said...

Holy shit! How the fuck did you a 90 on my quiz? Which one did you miss?

You are kinda freaking me out. In a good way, of course.

Trinette said...

OMG! We used to sing this in school, too. But I haen't remembered anything but the first verse for a long time. Thanks for the Nostalgika!

crabcake said...

Your school sang about zombie cats? Mine only sang, "the worms crawl in. the worms crawl out. In your stomach and out your mouth."

Zombie cats is so much more sophisticated.

Hrmph! Living in Ohio has ruined me. I have no class.

Ryan said...

i never hear of it until now. we didnt sing much in school.

crabcake said...

Ladies, I'm taking an orgasm poll over at the cowpie field. I need your input. Spin, get over there, please. Cause I don't believe these stats. We must disprove this. It troubles me.

mr_g said...

Damn! I thought that song was a hallucination flashback! We DID sing it in elementary school...I knew it, I knew it, I knew it! Thanks for proving I'm not (totally) insane.

What's next, Ting-a-lay-o! Run little donkey, run!?

Big Mama said...

Oh my God! Talk about childhood memories!!! Thanks for the flashback! That was fun!

Ginamonster said...

We sang it too! And we performed it for our parents! I wanted to be the white cat, but I got to be the fisherman who walks by instead. It always bothered me that I was on stage when they sang "Smell of fish was in the air"

Thanks for the memories.

miss kendra said...

i don't know that song, but i wish i did.

canis lupus said...

Just dropping in my blog mates. I guess I was touched by your sniffles on my one month anniversary of leaving the blogosphere. Why is that song from Evita is playing in my head? BTW, I've always wanted the lyrics for that song. We use to sing that in elementary school. Thanks for that bit of flashback. Good to see you still going strong. And still ravishing as ever. Cara mia.

FRITZ said...

Seriously, though, now that I have sung it to my own tune and with verve, I must wonder...
...was THIS the lost song of the Communist movement in Mexico?

Because I see Frida trumpeting it from her own rooftops.

And Che Guevarra piping it out from beneath his beret.

And being sung at the Alamo.

Oh,Don Gato Don Gato Don Gato.
Delilah loves thee!

MadMeer said...

Yes! I remember this one. Well, I remembered the "meow meow meow" part, but never realized it was about a kitty reincarnate. I like it!

I like the new Nostalgika theme too. Can't wait to read more!

LushlyMe said...

I LOVE it! I sang this song as a kid too.... when my girls were little I would sing it to them....

ME said...

OMG!! I have been trying to remember this forever! thank you so much! the smell of fish, that's it!! it'll do it every time.

TinaPoPo said...

I have never sang that song or heard of it, but now I really want to know the actual tune because I think it is my new favorite song. Ever.

DaMasta said...

Ew. This is like.. hella morbid and stuff.

Uh.. I'm scared of you now.

babyjewels said...

I've never heard of this song before, but I think it may be stuck in my head.

SignGurl said...

I have never heard that song. I read it to Mr. Sign and he sang along. Weird! I'm a loser.

Madge said...

Yes! Something of a Spinning Girl Memoir. I can't wait for what's to come...

Lee Ann said...

That is a good little tune, I had not heard that before.

The Taker of Gist said...

The Taker agrees. Not with anything anyone has said, but with himself. The Taker of Gist is always in agreement with the Gist. It is natural.

Bill said...

My school did rosaries and stations of the cross. I don't think it's the same.

oregoncelticlady said...

I LOVE this song!!! Especially the meow, meow, meows!

Anonymous said...

I loved this song as a child too!! Mrs. Slack was my elementary school music teacher and I loved her because of it!!! I also remember part of the song going
Oh it wasn't very merry mmm
going to the cemetary mmm
.......????
do you remember that part?

kitygirl said...

Omg ..I thought maybe I had just imagined this song. We sang this in our 4th or 5t grade music class, many many years ago.

My husband is from Mexico and I told him about this song(he looked at me like I was crazy) he had never heard if it. Guess it's only taught in the U.S. Thanks for the trip down memory lane!! OLe OLe OLe

Anonymous said...

I was born in guyana and sang this at my school I still sing the fist verse to my kids who look at me like I am mad, but now I have all the words I am so happy!

dhope21 said...

i remember that song. i havent heard it in years! it was my absulote favorite in elementry.