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The Naming of Cats

There´s a man over there
With a look of surprise
As much as to say,
´Will now, how about that´

Do I actually see with my own very eyes? A man who´s not heard of a Jellicle cat?
What´s a Jellicle cat?
What´s a Jellicle cat?
What´s a Jellicle cat?

The naming of cats is a difficult matter
It isn´t just one of your holiday games
You may think at first I´m as mad as a hatter
When I tell you a cat must have three different names

First of all, there´s the name that the family use daily
Such as Peter, Augustus, Alonzo or James
Such as Victor or Jonathan, George or Bill Bailey
All of them sensible everyday names

There are fancier names if you think they sound sweeter
Some for the gentlemen, some for the dames
Such as Plato, Admetus, Electra, Demeter
But all of them sensible everyday names

But I tell you a cat needs a name that´s particular
A name that´s peculiar, and more dignified Else how can he keep up his tail perpendicular
Or spread out his whiskers op cherish his pride?

Of names of this kind I can give you a quorum
Such as Munkustrap, Quaxo or Coricopat
Such as Bombalurina or else Jellylorum Names that never belong to more than one cat

But above and beyond there´s still one name left over
And that is the name that you never will guess
The name that no human research can discover
But the cat himself knows and will never confess

When you notice a cat in profund meditation
The reason I tell you is always the same His mind is engages in his rapt contemplation
Of the thought
Of the thought
Of the thought

Of his name
His ineffable
Deep and inscrutable

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