Don Gato

If you grew up in the Texas public school systems in the 1970's, chances are you sang this song in music class.  I remember one night in college sitting around with friends trying to remember all the words.  But now, there is I found them all--which is handy since the first two lines have been stuck in my head for days...

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
T'was a love note for Don Gato.

"Te adoro," 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 merrily,
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 carramba!" cried Don Gato.

Well 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.
Oh it wasn't very merry,
Meow, meow, meow
Going to the cemetery,
Meow, meow, meow
For the ending of Don Gato.

As the funeral passed the market square,
Such a smell of fish was in the air.
Though the funeral was slated,
Meow, meow, meow
He became re-animated,
Meow, meow, meow
He came back to life Don Gato.

Meeeeeyowwwwwwwwwww! (Unsure that last part was official.)


lownote67 said...

I SO remember this in elementary school in New Mexico

Cathy_H said...

@Tim...Okay, so this is a Texas AND New Mexico thing...

Because John remembered it too.

Kelly said...

I thought I was the only person I knew who remembered that song... yep, sang it for a school program a just few years after moving to Texas.

Wow. Flashbacksville, population: Me.

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