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PROLOGUE: JELLICLE SONGS FOR JELLICLE CATS

ARE YOU BLIND WHEN YOU'RE BORN? CAN YOU SEE IN THE DARK?
DARE YOU LOOK AT A KING? WOULD YOU SIT ON HIS THRONE?
CAN YOU SAY OF YOUR BITE THAT IT'S WORSE THAN YOUR BARK?
ARE YOU COCK OF THE WALK? WHEN YOU'RE WALKING ALONE?

BECAUSE
JELLICLES ARE AND JELLICLES DO
JELLICLES DO AND JELLICLES WOULD
JELLICLES WOULD AND JELLICLES CAN
JELLICLES CAN AND JELLICLES DO

WHEN YOU FALL ON YOUR HEAD DO YOU LAND ON YOUR FEET?
ARE YOU TENSE WHEN YOU SENSE THERE'S A STORM IN THE AIR?
CAN YOU FIND YOUR WAY BLIND WHEN YOU'RE LOST IN THE STREET?
DO YOU KNOW HOW TO GO TO THE HEAVISIDE LAYER?

BECAUSE
JELLICLES CAN AND JELLICLES DO
JELLICLES DO AND JELLICLES CAN
JELLICLES CAN AND JELLICLES DO
JELLICLES DO AND JELLICLES CAN
JELLICLES CAN AND JELLICLES DO

CAN YOU RIDE ON A BROOMSTICK TO PLACES FAR DISTANT
FAMILIAR WITH CANDLE, WITH BOOK, AND WITH BELL?
WERE YOU WHITTINGTON'S FRIEND? THE PIED PIPER'S ASSISTANT?
HAVE YOU BEEN AN ALUMNUS OF HEAVEN AND HELL?

JELLICLE SONGS FOR JELLICLE CATS
JELLICLE SONGS FOR JELLICLE CATS

WE CAN DIVE THROUGH THE AIR LIKE A FLYING TRAPEZE
WE CAN TURN DOUBLE SOMERSAULTS, BOUNCE ON A TYRE,
WE CAN RUN UP A WALL, WE CAN SWING THROUGH THE TREES,
WE CAN BALANCE ON BARS, WE CAN WALK ON A WIRE.

JELLICLES CAN AND JELLICLES DO
JELLICLES CAN AND JELLICLES DO
JELLICLE SONGS FOR JELLICLE CATS
JELLICLE SONGS FOR JELLICLE CATS

CAN YOU SING AT THE SAME TIME, IN MORE THAN ONE KEY
DUETS BY ROSSINI AND WALTZES BY STRAUSS?
AND CAN YOU (AS CATS DO) BEGIN WITH A 'C'
THAT ALWAYS TRIUMPHANTLY BRINGS DOWN THE HOUSE?

JELLICLE CATS ARE QUEEN-OF-THE-NIGHTS
SINGING AT ASTRONOMICAL HEIGHTS
HANDELLING PIECES FROM THE MESSIAH
HALLELUJAH, ANGELICAL CHOIR

THE MYSTICAL DIVINITY OF UNASHAMED FELINITY
ROUND THE CATHEDRAL RANG "VIVAT!"
LIFE TO THE EVERLASTING CAT
FELINE, FEARLESS, FAITHFUL AND TRUE
TO OTHERS WHO DO WHAT JELLICLES DO AND JELLICLES CAN

JELLICLES CAN AND JELLICLES DO
JELLICLE CATS SING JELLICLE CHANTS
JELLICLES OLD AND JELLICLES NEW
JELLICLE SONGS AND JELLICLE DANCE
JELLICLE SONGS FOR JELLICLE CATS
JELLICLE SONGS FOR JELLICLE CATS

PRACTICAL CATS, DRAMATICAL CATS,
PRAGMATICAL CATS, FANATICAL CATS,
ORATORICAL CATS, DELPHICORACLE CATS
SKEPTICAL CATS, DISPEPTICAL CATS

ROMANTICAL CATS, PEDANTICAL CATS,
CRITICAL CATS, PARASITICAL CATS.
ALLEGORICAL CATS, METAPHORICAL CATS,
STATISTICAL CATS AND MYSTICAL CATS,
POLITICAL CATS, HYPOCRITICAL CATS,
CLERICAL CATS, HYSTERICAL CATS,
CYNICAL CATS, RABBINICAL CATS,

JELLICLE SONGS FOR JELLICLE CATS
JELLICLE BELLS THAT JELLICLES RING
JELLICLE SHARPS AND JELLICLE FLATS
JELLICLE SONGS THAT JELLICLES SING
JELLICLE SONGS FOR JELLICLE CATS
JELLICLE SONGS FOR JELLICLE CATS
JELLICLE SONGS FOR JELLICLE CATS

THERE'S A MAN OVER THERE WITH A LOOK OF SURPRISE
AS MUCH AS TO SAY, WELL HOW ABOUT THAT?
DO I ACTUALLY SEE WITH MY VERY OWN EYES
A MAN WHO'S NOT HEARD OF A JELLICLE CAT?
WHAT'S A JELLICLE CAT? WHAT'S A JELLICLE CAT?

THE NAMING OF CATS

THE INVITATION TO THE JELLICLE BALL

JELLICLE CATS COME OUT TONIGHT,
JELLICLE CATS COME ONE COME ALL;
THE JELLICLE MOON IS SHINING BRIGHT
JELLICLES COME TO THE JELLICLE BALL.

JELLICLE CATS COME OUT TONIGHT,
JELLICLES COME TO THE JELLICLE BALL.

JELLICLE CATS ARE WHITE AND BLACK,
JELLICLE CATS ARE OF MODERATE SIZE:
JELLICLES JUMP LIKE A JUMPING-JACK,
JELLICLE CATS HAVE MOONLIT EYES.

WE ARE QUIET ENOUGH IN THE MORNING HOURS
WE ARE QUIET ENOUGH IN THE AFTERNOON
RESERVING OUR TERPSICHOREAN POWERS
TO DANCE TO THE LIGHT OF THE JELLICLE MOON.

JELLICLE CATS MEET ONCE A YEAR
AT THE JELLICLE BALL WHERE WE ALL REJOICE
AND THE JELLICLE LEADER WILL SOON APPEAR
AND MAKE WHAT IS KNOWN AS THE JELLICLE CHOICE
THAT'S WHEN OLD DEUTERONOMY JUST BEFORE DAWN
THROUGH A SILENCE YOU FEEL YOU CAN CUT WITH A KNIFE
ANNOUNCES THE CAT WHO CAN NOW BE REBORN
AND COME BACK TO A DIFFERENT JELLICLE LIFE.
BECAUSE WAITING UP THERE IS THE HEAVISIDE LAYER
FULL OF WONDERS ONE JELLICLE ONLY WILL SEE
JELLICLES ASK BECAUSE JELLICLES DARE
WHO WILL IT BE WHO WILL IT BE?

THE OLD GUMBIE CAT

THE RUM TUM TUGGER

THE RUM TUM TUGGER IS A CURIOUS CAT:

IF YOU OFFER ME PHEASANT I'D RATHER HAVE GROUSE,
IF YOU PUT ME IN A HOUSE I WOULD PREFER A FLAT,
IF YOU PUT ME IN A FLAT I'D RATHER HAVE A HOUSE
IF YOU SET ME ON A MOUSE I'D RATHER CHASE A RAT
IF YOU SET ME ON A RAT, I'D RATHER CHASE A MOUSE

THE RUM TUM TUGGER IS A CURIOUS CAT -
AND THERE ISN'T ANY CALL FOR ME TO SHOUT IT:

FOR HE WILL DO
AS HE DO DO

AND THERE'S NO DOING ANYTHING ABOUT IT

THE RUM TUM TUGGER IS A TERRIBLE BORE:

WHEN YOU LET ME IN, THEN I WANT TO GO OUT:
I'M ALWAYS ON THE WRONG SIDE OF EVERY DOOR,
AND AS SOON AS I'M AT HOME, THEN I'D LIKE TO GET ABOUT.
I LIKE TO LIE IN THE BUREAU DRAWER,
BUT I MAKE SUCH A FUSS IF I CAN'T GET OUT,
THE RUM TUM TUGGER IS A CURIOUS CAT -
AND IT ISN'T ANY USE FOR YOU TO DOUBT IT:

FOR HE WILL DO
AS HE DO DO

AND THERE'S NO DOING ANYTHING ABOUT IT

THE RUM TUM TUGGER IS A CURIOUS BEAST:
MY DISOBLIGING WAYS ARE A MATTER OF HABIT,
IF YOU OFFER ME FISH THEN I ALWAYS WANT A FEAST
WHEN THERE ISN'T ANY FISH THEN I WON'T EAT RABBIT,
IF YOU OFFER ME CREAM THEN I SNIFF AND SNEER,
FOR I ONLY LIKE WHAT I FIND FOR MYSELF;
SO YOU'LL CATCH ME IN IT RIGHT UP TO MY EARS,
IF YOU PUT IT AWAY ON THE LARDER SHELF.

THE RUM TUM TUGGER IS ARTFUL AND KNOWING.
THE RUM TUM TUGGER

DOESN'T CARE FOR A CUDDLE;
BUT I'LL LEAP ON YOUR LAP IN THE MIDDLE OF YOUR SEWING,
FOR THERE'S NOTHING I ENJOY LIKE A HORRIBLE MUDDLE.

THE RUM TUM TUGGER IS A CURIOUS CAT -
THE RUM TUM TUGGER DOESN'T CARE FOR A CUDDLE
THE RUM TUM TUGGER IS A CURIOUS CAT
AND THERE ISN'T ANY NEED FOR ME TO SPOUT IT:

FOR HE WILL DO
AS HE DO DO

AND THERE'S NO DOING ANYTHING ABOUT IT!

GRIZABELLA

REMARK THE CAT WHO HESITATES TOWARD YOU
IN THE LIGHT OF THE DOOR WHICH OPENS ON HER LIKE A GRIN
YOU SEE THE BORDER OF HER COAT IS TORN AND STAINED WITH SAND
AND YOU SEE THE CORNER OF HER EYE TWIST LIKE A CROOKED PIN.

GRIZABELLA THE GLAMOUR CAT
GRIZABELLA THE GLAMOUR CAT
WHO'D HAVE EVER SUPPOSED THAT THAT
WAS GRIZABELLA THE GLAMOUR CAT?

BUSTOPHER JONES

MUNGOJERRIE AND RUMPELTEAZER

MUNGOJERRIE AND RUMPELTEAZER WE'RE A NOTORIOUS COUPLE OF CATS,
AS KNOCKABOUT CLOWNS, QUICK-CHANGE COMEDIANS, TIGHT-ROPE WALKERS AND ACROBATS
WE HAVE AN EXTENSIVE REPUTATION. WE MAKE OUR HOME IN VICTORIA GROVE -
THAT IS MERELY OUR CENTRE OF OPERATION, FOR WE ARE INCURABLY GIVE TO ROVE.
WE ARE VERY WELL KNOWN IN CORNWALL GARDENS, IN LAUNCESTON PLACE AND IN KENSINGTON SQUARE -
WE HAVE REALLY A LITTLE MORE REPUTATION THAT A COUPLE OF CATS CAN VERY WELL BEAR.

IF THE AREA WINDOW IS FOUND AJAR
AND THE BASEMENT LOOKS LIKE A FIELD OF WAR,
IF A TILE OR TWO COMES LOOSE ON THE ROOF,
WHICH PRESENTLY FAILS TO BE WATERPROOF,
IF THE DRAWERS ARE PULLED OUT FROM THE BEDROOM CHESTS,
AND YOU CAN'T FIND ONE OF YOUR WINTER VESTS
IF AFTER SUPPER ONE OF THE GIRLS
SUDDENLY MISSES HER WOOLWORTH PEARLS:

THEN THE FAMILY SILL SAY: 'IT'S THAT HORRIBLE CAT
IT WAS "MUNGOJERRIE" - OR "RUMPELTEAZER" - AND MOST OF THE TIME THEY LEAVE IT AT THAT.

MUNGOJERRIE AND RUMPELTEAZER HAVE A VERY UNUSUAL GIFT OF THE GAB.
WE ARE HIGHLY EFFICIENT CAT-BURGLARS AW WELL, AND REMARKABLY SMART AT A SMASH-AND-GRAB.
WE MAKE OUR HOME IN VICTORIA GROVE. WE HAVE NO REGULAR OCCUPATION.
WE ARE PLAUSIBLE FELLOWS, AND LIKE TO ENGAGE A FRIENDLY POLICEMAN IN CONVERSATION.

WHEN THE FAMILY ASSEMBLE FOR SUNDAY DINNER,
WITH THEIR MINDS MADE UP THAT THEY WON'T GET THINNER
ON ARGENTINE JOINT, POTATOES AND GREENS,
THEN THE COOK WOULD APPEAR FROM BEHIND THE SCENES
AND SAY IN A VOICE THAT IS BROKEN WITH SORROW:
'I'M AFRAID YOU MUST WAIT AND HAVE DINNER TOMORROW.'
FOR THE JOINT HAS GONE FROM THE OVEN - LIKE THAT!'

THEN THE FAMILY WILL SAY: 'IT'S THAT HORRIBLE CAT
IT WAS "MUNGOJERRIE" - OR "RUMPELTEAZER"! - AND MOST OF THE TIME THEY LEAVE IT AT THAT.

MUNGOJERRIE AND RUMPELTEAZER HAVE A WONDERFUL WAY OF WORKING TOGETHER.
AND SOME OF THE TIME YOU WOULD SAY IT WAS LUCK, AND SOME OF THE TIME YOU WOULD SAY IT WAS WEATHER.
WE GO THROUGH THE HOUSE LIKE A HURRICANE, AND NO SOBER PERSON COULD TAKE HIS OATH
WAS IT "MUNGOJERRIE" - OR "RUMPELTEAZER"? OR COULD YOU HAVE SWORN THAT IT MIGHTN'T BE BOTH?

AND WHEN YOU HEAR A DINING-ROOM SMASH
OR UP FROM THE PANTRY THERE COMES A LOUD CRASH
OR DOWN FROM THE LIBRARY COMES A LOUD PING
FROM A VASE WHICH WAS COMMONLY SAID TO BE MING -
THEN THE FAMILY WILL SAY: 'NOW WHICH IS WHICH CAT
IT WAS "MUNGOJERRIE"! - "RUMPELTEAZER" - AND THERE'S NOTHING AT ALL TO BE DONE ABOUT THAT!

OLD DEUTERONOMY

THE JELLICLE BALL

GRIZABELLA THE GLAMOUR CAT

SHE HAUNTED MANY A LOW RESORT
NEAR THE GRIMY ROAD OF TOTTENHAM COURT
SHE FLITTED ABOUT THE NO MAN'S LAND
FROM "THE RISING SUN" TO "THE FRIEND AT HAND".
AND THE POSTMAN SIGHED AS HE SCRATCHED HIS HEAD
"YOU'D REALLY HA' THOUGHT SHE'D OUGHT TO BE DEAD
AND WHO WOULD EVER SUPPOSE THAT THAT
WAS GRIZABELLA THE GLAMOUR CAT."

GRIZABELLA THE GLAMOUR CAT
GRIZABELLA THE GLAMOUR CAT
WHO WOULD EVER SUPPOSE THAT THAT
WAS GRIZABELLA THE GLAMOUR CAT?

MEMORY

MIDNIGHT, NOT A SOUND FROM THE PAVEMENT
HAVE THE MOON LOST HER MEMORY,
SHE IS SMILING ALONE
IN THE LAMPLIGHT THE WITHERED LEAVES COLLECT AT MY FEET
AND THE WIND BEGINS TO MOAN.

Copyright 1981 RUG


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