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The AristoCats Everybody Wants To Be A Cat

song music and lyrics by Floyd Huddleston and Al Rinker, performed by Phil Harris (Thomas O'Malley), Scatman Crothers (Scat Cat), Liz English (Marie kitten), Thurl Ravenscroft (Billy Bass), Lord Tim Hudson (Hit Cat), Paul Winchell (Shun Gon), Vito Scotti (Peppo), Robie Lester (Duchess), clip from The AristoCats (1970) movie

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Song lyrics


Everybody wants to be a cat,
Because a cat's the only cat
Who knows where it's at.
Everybody's pickin' up on that feline beat,
'Cause everything else is obsolete.

Now a square with a horn,
Can make you wish you weren't born,
Ever'time he plays;
And with a square in the act,
He can set music back
To the caveman days.

I've heard some corny birds who tried to sing,
But a cat's the only cat
Who knows how to swing.

Who wants to dig
Along-haired gig
Or stuff like that?
When everybody wants to be a cat.

A square with that horn,
Makes you wish you weren't born,
Ever'time he plays;
And with a square in the act,
He's gonna set this music back
To the caveman days.

Everybody wants to be a cat,
Because a cat's the only cat
Who knows where it's at;
While playin' jazz you always has a welcome mat,
'Cause everybody digs a swingin' cat.

If you want to turn me on
Play your horn don't spare the tone
And blow a little soul into the tune
Let's take it to another key
Modulate and wait for me
I'll take a few ad-libs and pretty soon
The other cats will all commence
Congregatin' on the fence
Beneath the alley's only light
Where every note is out of sight

Everybody, everybody
Everybody wants to be a cat

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But a cat's the only cat who knows how to swing
But a cat's the only cat who knows how to swing
  Ever'time he plays
Ever'time he plays
When everybody wants to be a cat
When everybody wants to be a cat
  'Cause everybody digs a swingin' cat
'Cause everybody digs a swingin' cat
The song is included in The AristoCats Movie Songs

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The AristoCats Movie Theme Song
The AristoCats Movie Theme Song
  Everybody Wants To Be A Cat
Everybody Wants To Be A Cat
  Scales and Arpeggios
Scales and Arpeggios
She Never Felt Alone
She Never Felt Alone
  Thomas O'Malley Cat
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