The Cat Carol - Why do they make sad Christmas songs??? OMG!
Have any of you heard this song, The Cat Carol? It's SO sad. I actually CRIED! At my desk, at work!
Anyway, I found this blog entry about it and it's SO true. This is exactly what I was thinking as I was listening to it. AT MY DESK, AT WORK, CRYING for God's sake! LOL
On Sunday we got most of the decorating done and when I had finished what I needed I left the Christmas cd's playing while I ran out to pick up some Poinsettias. Stephen stayed to put the lights on the tree. When I got back he asked me if I had heard the Christmas song about the cat and the mouse. I had no idea what he was talking about and he explained how he had been putting the lights on the tree when the song started playing. When he listened to the words he started crying it was so sad. After the song he went upstairs to check on our old man, Kahler. He was laughing as he told me about it.
"You have got to hear this song." he said as he rumaged through the cd cases to find out which one it was on. Here's what happened next.....(and I found the lyrics here).
The Cat Carol
written by Bruce Evans
Verse 1 and 2:
The cat wanted in to the warm, warm house,
But no one would let the cat in.
It was cold outside, on Christmas Eve.
She meowed and meowed by the door.
She was not let in to the warm, warm house.
and her tiny cries were ignored
It was a blizzard out, the worst of the year.
There was no place for her to hide
Me: Why would anyone leave their cat outside in the cold....that's mean. They should be shot.
Verse 3 and 4
Just then a poor little mouse crept by,
he had lost his way in the snow.
He was on his last legs, and was almost froze
The cat lifted him with her paw.
She said, "poor mouse do not be afraid,
because this is Christmas Eve.
On this freezing night we both need a friend.
I won't hurt you, stay by my side."
Me: Awww...this is sad. Why would anyone write a sad song like this for Christmas?
Stephen : It gets worse!!
Verse 5 and 6
She dug a small hole in an icy drift.
This is where they would spend the night.
She curled herself 'round her helpless friend,
protecting him from the cold.
When Santa came by at the end of the night,
the reindeer started to cry.
They found the cat lying there in the snow,
and they could see that she had died.
Me : Oh my God...I can't take this. This is the saddest Christmas song I've ever heard. This is even sadder then "Nestor The Long Eared Donkey."
Stephen laughes from the kitchen while blowing his nose: "I told you"
Verse 7 and 8 (and if you've made it this far without crying my hats off to you)
They lifted her up from the frozen ground,
and placed her into the sleigh. It was then they saw the little mouse wrapped up.
She kept him warm with her fur.
Oh thank you Santa for finding us...
Dear cat wake up we are saved!
I'm sorry mouse, but your friend has died. There's nothing more we can do. On Christmas Eve she gave you her life, the greatest gift of them all."
Me: sobbing uncontrollable "This is just awful. Poor kitty"
Stephen blowing nose some more in the kitchen.
Last couple of verses:
Santa lifted the cat up, into the night sky
and laid her to rest among the stars.
"Dear mouse don't cry you are not alone,
you will see your friend every year.
Each Christmas a cat constellation will shine...
to remind us that her love's still there."
Me "That's the saddest Christmas song I've ever heard. I don't think we should play that cd anymore."
Stephen "I told you."
Since then I've showed the lyrics to some of my co-workers and also had them crying. I'm telling you, this is the saddest Christmas song you'll ever hear. And of course we'll play the cd and the song again and again.
Here is a link that might be useful: 13 December 2005 - The Cat Carol