Cats Musical Lyrics

The Naming Of Cats

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The Naming Of Cats Lyrics

    The naming of cats is a difficult matter
    It isn't just one of your holiday games
    You may think at first I'm as mad as a hatter
    When I tell you a cat must have three different names

    First of all, there's the name that the family use daily
    Such as Peter, Augustus, Alonzo or James
    Such as Victor or Jonathan, George or Bill Bailey
    All of them sensible, everyday names

    There are fancier names if you think they sound sweeter
    Some for the gentlemen, some for the dames
    Such as Plato, Admetas, Electra, Demeter
    But all of them sensible everyday names

    But I tell you a cat needs a name that's particular
    A name that's peculiar, and more dignified
    Else how can he keep up his tail perpendicular
    Or spread out his whiskers, or cherish his pride?

    Of names of this kind, I can give you a quorum
    Such as Munkustrap, Quaxo or Coricopat
    Such as Bombalurina, or else Jellylorum
    Names that never belong to more than one cat

    But above and beyond there's still one name left over
    And that is the name that you never will guess
    The name that no human research can discover
    But the at himself knows, and will never confess

    When you notice a cat in profound meditation
    The reason, I tell you, is always the same:
    His mind is engaged in a rapt contemplation
    Of the thought
    Of the thought
    Of the thought
    Of his name

    His ineffable effable effanineffable
    Deep and inscrutable singular name