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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 wikipedia:Harry_S._Miller and popularized by New York entertainer and Broadway impresario wikipedia: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 wikipedia:Fiddlin'_John_Carson and wikipedia:Riley_Puckett, and by Kentucky's wikipedia:Fiddlin'_Doc_Roberts. It was later recorded by fiddler wikipedia:Tommy_Jackson_(musician), and (late in his career) wikipedia: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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