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(AND THE) CAT CAME BACK. American, Reel (2/4 or cut time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB (Devil's Box). Christeson (1973) notes: "Played by a few Missouri fiddlers in ... the early 1930's but is seldom heard any more." The tune was actually a Tin-Pan-Alley song from Christmas, 1893, written by prolific songwriter Harry S. Miller and popularized by New York entertainer and Broadway impresario Tony Pastor. The song entered folk tradition and there are numerous verses and variations of the lyric, but the stable chorus goes:

But the cat came back, he couldn't stay no longer,
Yes the cat came back de very next day,
the cat came back—thought she were a goner,
But the cat came back for it wouldn't stay away.

It was popularized among country musicians in the early 78 RPM era through recordings by north Georgia's Fiddlin' John Carson and Riley Puckett, and by Kentucky's Fiddlin' Doc Roberts. It was later recorded by fiddler Tommy Jackson (musician), and (late in his career) Clark Kessinger.

Additional notes
Source for notated version : - Doc Roberts (Ky.) [Milliner & Koken, Reiner & Anick]; Kevin Wimmer [Phillips].

Printed sources : - R.P. Christeson (Old Time Fiddlers Repertory, vol. 1), 1973; p. 8. Stephen F. Davis (The Devil's Box, vol. 13, No. 4, Dec. 1979; p. 32. Clare Milliner & Walt Koken (Milliner-Koken Collection of American Fiddle Tunes), 2011; p. 8. Phillips (Traditional American Fiddle Tunes, vol. 1), 1994; p. 15. Reiner & Anick (Old-Time Fiddling Across America), 1989; p. 98.

Recorded sources : - Challenge 307 (78 RPM), Fiddlin' Doc Roberts (1927). Decca 5442 (78 RPM), Riley Puckett (1937). Document DOCD 8042, "Fiddlin' Doc Roberts; Complete Recorded Works, vol. 1, 1925-1928," (1999). Dot Records 45-235 (45 RPM), Tommy Jackson (1955). Marimac AHS #3, Glen Smith – "Say Old Man" (1990. Learned from Tommy Jackson). OKeh Records 40119 (78 RPM), Fiddlin' John Carson (1924). Morning Star 45005, Doc Roberts – "Way Down South in Dixie" (Learned from Madison County, Ky., African-American fiddler Owen Walker {b. 1857), a well-known local entertainer).

See also listing at :
Hear Doc Roberts' 1927 recording at Slippery Hill [1]

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