When The Cat's Away

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WHEN THE CAT’S AWAY
Mike Bryden 2017

Here is the story
Of a serious cat
A very well dressed cat
Who lived in a house

It was a small crowded house
With more than one mouse
More mice than you'd ever seen
That house was hard to keep clean

CHORUS
And when the cat is away the mice will play
The mice will play and play and play
And when the cat came back all the mice will say
Mais non monsieur le chat, On joue encore avec ça
Vous pouvez rester là, Mais nous on y va
Oh no mister cat, we're not done playing that
You're welcome to stay, But we're on our way

Now early each morning
Whether sunny or storming
Mister cat went to work
As a hotel desk clerk

And he'd come each night
To a terrible sight
So he dared to suggest
That the mice clean up their mess

CHORUS
And when the cat is away the mice will play
The mice will play and play and play
And when the cat came back all the mice will say
Peut-être un jour monsieur le chat. On ne sais pas
Mais aujourd'hui mon p'tit chou, on veut jouer et c'est tout
Perhaps mister cat, we will think about that
But as far as today, we would much rather play

Then one day mister cat
Had an idea in his hat
To get the mice to do cleaning
From the floor to the ceiling

So he invented new games
With catchy new names
Like tidy-up tag
And race to fill the trash bag

CHORUS
And when the cat is away the mice will play
The mice will play and play and play
And when the cat came back all the mice will say
Bien sûr monsieur le chat, on veut jouer avec toi
Nous sommes tous amis, oui chat et souris
Oh yes mister cat, we'd love play that
It's so very nice to be friends cat and mice

CHORUS
And when the cat is away the mice will play
The mice will play and play and play
And when the cat is away the mice will play, the mice will play all day
And when the cat is away the mice will play
The mice will play and play and play
And when the cat comes back all the mice would say
Monsieur le chat, vient donc jouer avec nous

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from Sing Song Sayings, released June 23, 2019

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