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The cat came back
Additional title: But the cat came back, couldn't stay no longer. [first line of chorus]
Additional title: Dar was ole Mister Johnson, he had trouble of his own. [first line]
Mocs, Joseph (Owner)
Rossiter, Will (1867-1954) (Copyright holder)
Miller, Harry S. (Lyricist)
Miller, Harry S. (Composer)
Bonnell, Otto (Arranger)

American popular songs.

Sheet music, 1893

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1893
Date Issued: 1893
Place Term: Chicago ; New York
Publisher: Will Rossiter
Library locations
Music Division
African Americans
Sheet music
Content : Cover contains drawing of a cat in sitting position, grinning with a tongue sticking through its teeth, its left arm in a sling, and its left eye bandaged.

Content : On cover: The song that beats "McGinty."

Ownership : Cover contains stamp of former owner: Joseph Mocs, 338 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Content : Page [5] contains texts of 9 additional verses and 1 additional chorus.

Statement of Responsibility: Words and music by Harry S. Miller.
Physical Description
Extent: 1 score (6 p.) ; 34 cm.
Type of Resource
Notated music
UUID: 5b29f910-c58e-012f-a7d4-58d385a7bc34
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Item timeline of events

  • 1893: Issued
  • 2015: Digitized
  • 2015: Found by you!
  • 2016

MLA Format

Music Division, The New York Public Library. "The cat came back" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1893 - 1893.

Chicago/Turabian Format

Music Division, The New York Public Library. "The cat came back" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed November 29, 2015.

APA Format

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Wikipedia Citation

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The cat came back