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Skimbleshanks The Railway Cat

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Skimbleshanks The Railway Cat Lyrics

    Skimbleshanks the Railway Cat, the Cat of the Railway Train
    There's a whisper down the line at eleven thirty-nine
    When the Night Mail's ready to depart
    Saying, "Skimble, where is Skimble?
    Has he gone to hunt the thimble?
    We must find him or the train can't start"

    All the guards and all the porters
    And the station master's daughters
    Would be searching high and low
    Saying "Skimble where is Skimble for unless he's very nimble
    Then the night mail just can't go."

    At eleven forty-two with the signal overdue
    And the passengers all frantic to a man
    That's when I would appear and I'd saunter to the rear
    I'd been busy in the luggage van!

    Then he gave one flash of his glass-green eyes
    And the signal went "All Clear!"
    They'd be off at last to the northern part of the Northern Hemisphere!

    Skimbleshanks the Railway Cat
    The Cat of the Railway Train
    You might say that by and large it was me who was in charge
    Of the Sleeping Car Express
    From the driver and the guards to the bagmen playing cards
    I would supervise them all more or less

    Down the corridor he paces and examines all the faces
    Of the travellers in the first and the third
    He established control by a regular patrol
    And he'd know at once if anything occurred

    He would watch you without winking and he saw what you were thinking
    And it's certain that he didn't approve
    Of hilarity and riot so that folk were very quiet
    When Skimble was about and on the move

    You could play no pranks with Skimbleshanks!
    He's a cat that couldn't be ignored
    So nothing went wrong on the Northern Mail
    When Skimbleshanks was aboard

    It was very pleasant when they'd found their little den
    With their name written up on the door
    And the berth was very neat with a newly folded sheet
    And not a speck of dust upon the floor

    There was every sort of light
    You could make it dark or bright
    And a button you could turn to make a breeze
    And a funny little basin you're supposed to wash your face in
    And a crank to shut the window should you sneeze

    Then the guard looked in politely and would ask you very brightly,
    "Do you like your morning tea weak or strong?"
    But I was just behind him and was ready to remind him
    For Skimble won't let anything go wrong

    When they crept into their cosy berth and pulled up the counterpane
    They all could reflect that it was very nice
    To know that they wouldn't be bothered by mice
    They can leave all that to the Railway Cat
    The Cat of the Railway Train

    Skimbleshanks the Railway Cat
    The Cat of the Railway Train
    In the watches of the night I was always fresh and bright
    Every now and then I'd have a cup of tea
    With perhaps a drop of scotch while I was keeping on the watch
    Only stopping here and there to catch a flea

    They were fast asleep at Crewe and so they never knew
    That I was walking up and down the station
    They were sleeping all the while I was busy at Carlisle
    Where I met the station master with elation

    They might see me at Dumfries if I summoned the police
    If there was anything they ought to know about

    When they got to Gallowgate there they did not have to wait
    For Skimbleshanks would help them to get out!

    And he gives a wave of his long brown tail
    Which says "I'll see you again!
    You'll meet without fail on the Midnight Mail
    The Cat of the Railway Train!"