Senor Don Gato (Was a Cat)

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O Senor Don Gato was a cat.
On a high red roof Don Gato sat.
He was there to read a letter,
(meow, meow, meow)
where the reading light was better,
(meow, meow, meow)
'Twas a love-note for Don Gato!

"I adore you,' wrote the ladycat,
who was fluffy white, and nice and fat.
There was not a sweeter kitty,
(meow, meow, meow)
in the country or the city
(meow, meow, meow)
and she said she'd wed Don Gato!

O Senor Don Gato jumped with glee!
He fell off the roof and broke his knee,
broke his ribs and all his whiskers,
(meow, meow, meow)
and his little solar plexus
(meow, meow, meow)
"Ay Caramba!' cried Don Gato.

All the doctors they came on the run,
just to see if something could be done.
And they held a consultation,
(meow, meow, meow)
about how to save their patient,
(meow, meow, meow)
how to save Senor Don Gato.

But in spite of everything they tried,
poor Senor Don Gato up and died.
No, it wasn't very merry,
(meow, meow, meow)
going to the cemetary,
(meow, meow, meow)
for the ending of Don Gato.

But as the the funeral passed the market square,
such a smell of fish was in the air,
though the burial was plated,
(meow, meow, meow)
he became reanimated,
(meow, meow, meow)
he came back to life, Don Gato!

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Information About Senor Don Gato (Was a Cat)

"Senor Don Gato" is a children's song based on a traditional Spanish song called "Estaba el senor Don Gato '. The lyrics are translated loosely from the Spanish but the melody comes from another Spanish song "Ahora Que Vamos Despacio".

The song tells the story of a Mexican cat who is ecstatic after knowing that his true love has agreed to marry him. While celebrating his happiness he stumbles off the roof and dies as a result of his injuries. During his funeral the cat is brought back to life by the scent of fish from the market.

The song is also known by it's English title "Lord Tom Cat".

"Though his burial was skated" is another line that can be included with the lyrics.

Copyright by Lisa Yannucci.

Alternative Lyrics & Related Songs

A spanish version called "El señor don Gato"

Estaba el señor Don Gato
sentadito en su tejado
marramiau miau, miau, miau,
sentadito en su tejado.

Ha recibido una carta
por si quiere ser casado,
marramiau, miau, miau, miau,
por si quiere ser casado.

Con una gatita blanca
sobrina de un gato pardo,
marramiau, miau, miau, miau,
sobrina de un gato pardo.

El gato por ir a verla
se ha caído del tejado,
marramiau, miau, miau, miau,
se ha caído del tejado.

Se ha roto seis costillas
el espinazo y el rabo,
marramiau, miau, miau, miau,
el espinazo y el rabo.

Ya lo llevan a enterrar
por la calle del pescado,
marramiau, miau, miau, miau,
por la calle del pescado.

Al olor de las sardinas
el gato ha resucitado,
marramiau, miau, miau, miau,
el gato ha resucitado.

Por eso dice la gente
"siete vidas tiene un gato",
marramiau, miau, miau, miau,
"siete vidas tiene un gato".

The English version is called "Lord Tom Cat"

Lord Tom Cat was sitting on his roof
Marrameow meow meow meow
Sitting on his roof.

He received a letter
Asking if he wants to get married
Marrameow meow meow meow
Asking if he wants to get married.

With a white kitty
Niece of a brown cat
Marrameow meow meow meow
Niece of a brown cat.

As the cat went to visit her
He fell down from the roof
Marrameow meow meow meow
He fell down from the roof.

He broke six ribs
His spine and his tail
Marrameow meow meow meow
His spine and his tail.

He's taken to be buried
Through the fish street
Marrameow meow meow meow
Through the fish street.

Smelling some sardines
The cat resuscitated
Marrameow meow meow meow
The cat resuscitated.

That's why people say
"A cat has seven lives"
Marrameow meow meow meow
"A cat has seven lives".

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Doggone if I know!!, United States

1 September 2015 at 8:34am

Learned this song in the 70's at school in Louisiana (of all places!!). Thank you for the lyrics, (I didn't remember them quite well). This is such a welcomed memory. God bless you & yours.

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Bowlofchili, United States

23 February 2015 at 8:39pm

Love this song!!! I learned it in the early 70s. I sing it to my daughters who laugh at me!! Now I can show them the lyrics! Thanx for bringing back great memories and teaching me the part I could no longer remember. :)

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Coolgeek, United States

10 February 2015 at 2:29am

My mom used t sing this in school when she was my age. She taught it to me last year. now I'm singing in in chorus class. # ; ) 11

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Audrey, United States

18 November 2014 at 12:18am

This is such a great song for children, learning about a cat that was brought to life. -cue the sarcasm- My art teacher introduced this silly song to me last year and I loved it ever since! But the cat is CLEARLY a zombie. Just putting that out there.

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Chloe, Canada

30 September 2014 at 9:46pm

This is on Kididdles. I like that it is on BusSongs and that it's one of the most visited songs!

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Randy G., United States

28 July 2014 at 10:48pm

My wife and I were just having a bet about the song containing the words solar plexus. We both learned this song back in the late 60's and early 70's. I lost the bet - it's in the song! Thanks for sharing!

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Jaye, Florida

26 February 2014 at 4:33am

This song made me cry and cry as a child. In fact, so afraid that I'd still burst into tears all these years later, I held my breath while reading it. Thankfully my adult self made it through the song without any tears but I wonder if anyone else reacted as I did as a child? And for some reason, the lyrics seemed different somewhat o those I remember as a child, though I might be mis-remembering.

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Johna, American Samoa

21 May 2013 at 2:34am

I love this song. I play it in third grade.

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Shelia, United States

6 December 2012 at 2:12pm

OMG! I learned this song in elementary school in the 60s. I sing it all the time and my children, ages 26 and 30 swear that I made it up. I was teaching it to my granddaughter and she even looked at me strange and laughed. I cannot wait to get home and show them the lyrics. Priceless!

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Mandy, Australia

15 March 2012 at 11:25pm

I remember singing it too back at school in the 60's. it's a family favourite with my sisters and we've just had a long chain post on my daughters fb wall going back and forth with the lyrics

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Ayesha, Paraguay

1 February 2012 at 5:15pm

I sang this song with my teacher Mrs. Russell at the American School of Asuncion and I always loved it. Now I have 4 cats at home and one fell of the roof and had to have surgery..I sang him the song but I couldn´t remember all the I found this site and I am so happy!

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Ron, United States

21 January 2012 at 2:09am

This is so cool. I too first learned this song in grade school back in the 60's. I'm so amazed that it is so well known, it seems worldwide, awesome. I sang it to my wife and it is now her favorite song too.

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Karen, Australia

18 December 2011 at 12:59am

In the 60's we had a songbook to go with the ABC for Schools Radio Broadcast. This would be the only song I remembered. I was singing it the other day and I'm not sure why! I forgot some Lyrics and was surprised when I looked them up that there was so much about the song.

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Patrica, Ireland

2 December 2011 at 9:29pm

very good song my class used to sing this song when we were on the bus

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Juli, United States

11 October 2011 at 4:04am


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Angela, United States

22 August 2011 at 4:23am

I remembered this song from childhood, but couldn't remember the lyrics after the first frame. I decided to Google it because no one else seems to remember this song! I am so excited to finally have found it! I can't wait to teach it to my kids!

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Heather, United States

26 July 2011 at 6:17am

totally use to sing this in elementry school in miss speers music class! out of all the songs we sang i have always remembered this one! :)

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Kate, United States

20 April 2011 at 9:16pm

I have been singing the part of the first two stanzas when i feel happy for years-i finally looked up the words and told my husband i will sing the complete version to him tonight:) thanks

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