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Origins: Senor Don Gato

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A LA PUERTA DEL CIELO
AMANECER (Daybreak )
CIELITO LINDO
COPLAS
EL RANCHO GRANDE
GRACIAS A LA VIDA
GUANTANAMERA
HAY UNA MUJER DESAPARECIDA
LA GUITARRA
LA QUINCE BRIGADA
LOS CUATROS GENERALES
N-DE COLORES
RIU RIU
SENOR DON GATO
SI ME QUIERES ESCRIBIR
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VIVA LA QUINCE BRIGADA


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Senor Don Gato


GUEST,Suzette Fisher 13 Apr 04 - 09:16 PM
GUEST,bartleby97@aol.com 12 Apr 04 - 11:28 AM
Q (Frank Staplin) 07 Apr 04 - 01:11 PM
GUEST,J.D. Roberson 07 Apr 04 - 08:17 AM
GUEST,Robert 01 Apr 04 - 10:41 PM
AllisonA(Animaterra) 24 Mar 04 - 11:53 AM
GUEST, Gina 24 Mar 04 - 10:22 AM
GUEST,katie 23 Mar 04 - 03:37 PM
GUEST,Lori 08 Feb 04 - 12:06 AM
GUEST,Robert 07 Feb 04 - 10:02 PM
Q (Frank Staplin) 20 Jan 04 - 07:12 AM
GUEST,Leena 20 Jan 04 - 01:12 AM
GUEST,Carl 13 Jan 04 - 12:06 AM
Bev and Jerry 09 Jan 04 - 12:48 AM
Q (Frank Staplin) 09 Jan 04 - 12:22 AM
Nigel Parsons 06 Dec 03 - 03:27 PM
Bev and Jerry 06 Dec 03 - 03:15 PM
GUEST,Neo 06 Dec 03 - 12:12 PM
The Fooles Troupe 23 Nov 03 - 10:12 PM
GUEST,Charles 23 Nov 03 - 09:09 PM
Q (Frank Staplin) 23 Nov 03 - 07:54 PM
YorkshireYankee 23 Nov 03 - 07:10 PM
GUEST,Laura 23 Nov 03 - 12:33 PM
GUEST,olrusty_2001@yahoo.com 18 Nov 03 - 03:38 PM
Nigel Parsons 09 Nov 03 - 09:52 AM
Joe Offer 08 Nov 03 - 07:10 PM
GUEST 30 Oct 03 - 01:55 PM
GUEST,J.D. Roberson 24 Oct 03 - 01:23 PM
Bev and Jerry 18 Oct 03 - 09:25 PM
GUEST,GUEST 18 Oct 03 - 09:10 PM
GUEST,SomeDude 06 Oct 03 - 10:50 PM
GUEST,Jo 24 Sep 03 - 01:02 AM
GUEST,pixeal@yahoo.com 19 Sep 03 - 04:22 PM
GUEST,rmendezjr@satx.rr.com 19 Aug 03 - 12:35 AM
GUEST,guest, 11 Aug 03 - 11:35 PM
GUEST,kagarci 21 Jul 03 - 05:23 PM
GUEST,. 21 Jul 03 - 10:29 AM
GUEST,Originally from.. 20 Jul 03 - 01:43 PM
GUEST,Pilar - Spain 20 Jul 03 - 01:35 PM
GUEST,Don 18 Jul 03 - 01:37 AM
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Joe Offer 09 Jul 03 - 10:44 PM
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Subject: RE: Origins: Senor Don Gato
From: GUEST,Suzette Fisher
Date: 13 Apr 04 - 09:16 PM

I can't believe I found the words!!! I have been singing this song forever...I learned it in 5th grade 1975 Bay Village, Ohio. But, I forgot the last two versus. I've been singing it to my 2 girls for the last five years, but I would just make up the ending. Tonight I thought, well, it's a long shot, but maybe there will be something on the web. What a suprise to see all the other people just like me that had this catchy little tune also stuck in their heads all these years! Wow! Thanks for the lyrics. I feel complete now...haha!


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Subject: RE: Origins: Senor Don Gato
From: GUEST,bartleby97@aol.com
Date: 12 Apr 04 - 11:28 AM

I've been singing Don Gato since we learned it in third grade (1969), in Portsmouth, VA. I wanted to teach it to my daughter, who is thrilled and enchanted by the bit I remembered -- only the first and third stanzas! Now I have it all, the music, and the link to Amazon. You guys are great! Viva Don Gato!


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Subject: RE: Origins: Senor Don Gato
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 07 Apr 04 - 01:11 PM

Manders' "Senor Don Gato" is available in school and library binding for $11.19 from Amazon. It came out Aug. 2003.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Senor Don Gato
From: GUEST,J.D. Roberson
Date: 07 Apr 04 - 08:17 AM

Thank you Robert for posting that recording! Other than singing "Don Gato" to myself, that's the first time in many years I have heard it performed! This forum thread is amazing.

Has anyone located the John Manders book on "Don Gato" from Candlewick Press? It's special order at Borders and B&N, but I've not yet seen it already in stock.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Senor Don Gato
From: GUEST,Robert
Date: 01 Apr 04 - 10:41 PM

I offered to post this a month or so ago, and then had computer problems. Sorry about that!

Here it is: a recording
made in 1974 of "Don Gato" as I first heard it. I wonder how many other people remember this version.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Senor Don Gato
From: AllisonA(Animaterra)
Date: 24 Mar 04 - 11:53 AM

Geez, Senor Don Gato will never die, will he?

Good kitty!

Allison


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Subject: RE: Origins: Senor Don Gato
From: GUEST, Gina
Date: 24 Mar 04 - 10:22 AM

I suddenly thought of this song while working at my desk this morning. I am so pleased to finally have all the words, and not just Meow, Meow, Meow! I learned this song in 3rd grade in Western New York. Here's to Don Gato and his nine lives!


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Subject: RE: Origins: Senor Don Gato
From: GUEST,katie
Date: 23 Mar 04 - 03:37 PM

This is awesome! I'm a 2nd grade teacher and I'm singing Don Gato with my students next week - I hope they all love it as much as you do! I chose this song because my mom used to sing it to me when I was little. It's such a neat song!


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Subject: RE: Origins: Senor Don Gato
From: GUEST,Lori
Date: 08 Feb 04 - 12:06 AM

I probably speak from many of us out here that we would love to here it- even in poor quality!
Thanks!


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Subject: RE: Origins: Senor Don Gato
From: GUEST,Robert
Date: 07 Feb 04 - 10:02 PM

Like so many others over the years, I just stumbled across this thread while hunting for information about "Don Gato," a song I've never forgotten since hearing it in Mrs. Griffin's third-grade music class in 1974.

I liked the song so much I brought a tape to school and had Mrs. Griffin make a copy of the record for me. And I recently found that I still had the tape, and I was still able to play it after 30 years. There are other recordings of the song now available, but for me this will always be the definitive one. I wish I knew what record it was.

If anybody is interested in hearing my vintage 1974 recording of the old record, I could put up an MP3 of it (though it is pretty bad quality).


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Subject: RE: Origins: Senor Don Gato
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 20 Jan 04 - 07:12 AM

Pierre LaPlante arranged the march tune. Senor Don Gato is Spanish, not Mexican, but it is well-known in Mexico.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Senor Don Gato
From: GUEST,Leena
Date: 20 Jan 04 - 01:12 AM

wow, this is weird! We're playing A song in band called Monterey March and I found out it was based on a Mexican Folk song called Don Gato. I went to look it up on the internet to see if I could find more about it and I find this. Does anyone know if it's based on the same song you guys are talking about?


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Subject: RE: Origins: Senor Don Gato
From: GUEST,Carl
Date: 13 Jan 04 - 12:06 AM

Well,
I too went a seaching for all the words, thanks everyone.
I learned it in 5th grade in WALLA WALLA Washington at Prospect point, 1970, Seems that when we get older and need to teach our grandkids a song this one pops out.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Senor Don Gato
From: Bev and Jerry
Date: 09 Jan 04 - 12:48 AM

Is this really the same Don Gato we all know and love? Sure didn't sound like it.

Bev and Jerry


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Subject: RE: Origins: Senor Don Gato
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 09 Jan 04 - 12:22 AM

Estaba Senor Don Gato, sung in Spanish, in the folder Bridges of Song; mp3. Many Spanish Sephardic songs here and some other old Spanish songs: Spanish, Sephardic


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Subject: RE: Origins: Senor Don Gato
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 06 Dec 03 - 03:27 PM

Melody line (mentioned 9.Nov.o3) going in e-mail

Nigel


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Subject: RE: Origins: Senor Don Gato
From: Bev and Jerry
Date: 06 Dec 03 - 03:15 PM

Neo:

It's winging its way through cyberspace as we type this.

Bev and Jerry


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Subject: RE: Origins: Senor Don Gato
From: GUEST,Neo
Date: 06 Dec 03 - 12:12 PM

does anyone have the music for Senor Don Gato? or at least know where to find it? if you can please email it to me at, n_o_f@msn.com


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Subject: RE: Origins: Senor Don Gato
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 23 Nov 03 - 10:12 PM

The Bonnie Phipps Site link given much earlier above has now died.

Robin


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Subject: RE: Origins: Senor Don Gato
From: GUEST,Charles
Date: 23 Nov 03 - 09:09 PM

The web is quite amazing. I have had this song in my head ever since I heard it from a friend of mine in High School in Jos, Plateau State in Nigeria! I am 27 and that was in 1989.

We went to boarding school and my friend Abu use to sing it all the time. My room-mates and I would ask him to sing it for us cause we liked it so much.

I remember that he use to sing another verse in which Don Gato rises, heads to the market and eats all the fish. The villagers then actually kill him! Has anyone heard of this, or is this some dark twist that was added at some point. Sorry for the potential bad news about Don Gato but I'd like to know if its real.

Thanks.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Senor Don Gato
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 23 Nov 03 - 07:54 PM

A long history of the song at this site, in Spanish, by Dr. Elfidio Alonso. It seems that the song can be traced to mid-18th century, but there is some question about it being found from the 14th century in Sephardic literature. A lot of speculation. Did it pass from Cuba to Spain? African predecessor? No habla Español, so guessing.
Website: Senor Don Gato

I hope someone who knows Spanish will summarize the highlights of this article.
Did the song enter North America from the south, or did it come across from Spain?


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Subject: RE: Origins: Senor Don Gato
From: YorkshireYankee
Date: 23 Nov 03 - 07:10 PM

I too learned this song in grade school (Detroit area) in about 1964-65. Haven't seen anyone on this thread mention learning it any earlier... so is that when it made its first appearance in US elementary school music classes? Or does anyone remmber learning it before that?

Just wondering,

YY


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Subject: RE: Origins: Senor Don Gato
From: GUEST,Laura
Date: 23 Nov 03 - 12:33 PM

I sang this song in Mrs Boggan's 3rd glade class in Santa Monica in 1979/1980. We sang some other great songs, too. I was playing the guitar this morning with the kids while my husband was showing my 5 yr old how to draw a cat. I started figuring out how to play "The Cat Came Back". Then I vaguely remembered this Senor Gato song. All I could remember was the lyric "smell of fish" (was in the air). Anyway, I did a search and weve been playing the song all morning.

I use A minor and G for most of the song. Then E major for the last line in each phrase.

So great to hear so many others remember this song so fondly!


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Subject: RE: Origins: Senor Don Gato
From: GUEST,olrusty_2001@yahoo.com
Date: 18 Nov 03 - 03:38 PM

For years I've asked friends if they remember this song to which I only remembered the first few lyrics. No one remembered!! They asked (joking) where you in Special Ed or something cause we did'nt sing that in our class? I sang what I knew to my boyfriend and he can't get it off his mind and keeps asking me to sing it. This AM I called and old school friend and sang what I knew on her voice mail. She called back and remembered more.
I was like "Oh my God you remember that song!" Then I got online and found you guys! I love the song!! I'm going to Barnes and Noble according to their website, they have CD or cassette!


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Subject: RE: Origins: Senor Don Gato
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 09 Nov 03 - 09:52 AM

As with another current thread, this song was taught in British schools through the medium of radio broadcasts, with small music books for teachers/pupils, many of which can probably still be found, and I have a few.
The version taught here is different from that quoted, so I quote it entire. (Melody line available if required)

Nigel

___________________________________________________________

THE GREAT DON GATO

Once the noblest cat, Don Gato
To his sweetheart sent a note,
Miri miri Miaw! Miaw! Miaw!
'Marry me dear Mistress Pussy.'

On the roof top high he waited;
Answered she, 'I'll be your bride'.
Miri miri Miaw! Miaw! Miaw!
Overcome with joy, he tumbled.
         
Oh how sad, the great Don Gato
Lies so still upon the ground.            
Miri miri Miaw! Miaw! Miaw!            
Doctors quickly come to help him.

Doctors shake their heads so sadly,            
'Nothing here that we can do',            
Miri miri Miaw! Miaw! Miaw!            
Through the market place they bear him.      

                 
But the smells of fruit and fishes            
Reach Don Gato's lordly nose.            
Miri miri Miaw! Miaw! Miaw!            
Up he jumps, his ills forgotten.
      
Mistress Puss comes from the country,         
Isn't she a lovely bride?            
Miri miri Miaw! Miaw! Miaw!            
No one had a grander wedding.
         
Seven fluffy kits are brides-maids,            
All the cats are there to see.            
Miri miri Miaw! Miaw! Miaw!            
'Best of luck!' they wish Don Gato.
         

Notes: published in: "Time and tune ; BBC Sound Broadcasts to Schools Autumn Term 1963"; Acknowledgements are given to J Curwen & Sons Ltd for the words and music from Children's Songs from Spain

NP


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Subject: RE: Origins: Senor Don Gato
From: Joe Offer
Date: 08 Nov 03 - 07:10 PM

Hi, Kathleen - This Google Search (click) for "Don Gato" sephardic brings up some information, notably this page (click) on the lighter side of Judeo-Spanish traditional song. You'll find "Estaba señor Don Gato" listed on a few CD's of Ladino/Sephardic songs.
-Joe Offer-
I can't believe it - I came across a Ladino Song Database, and it has lyrics for don Gato.

Don Gato

In other versions, it is the girl cat that jumps and is hurt.

Estando el señor Don Gato
    sentadito en su tejado
con la mano en la cintura
    y la otra en el costado.
Por allí pasó una gata
    con los ojos arrelumbrando.
El gato, por darla un beso,
    se cayó de su tejado.
Se partió media costilla,
    media costilla y un brazo.
Mandaron por los doctores,
    doctores y cirujanos.
Uno le miraba el pulso
    y otro le miraba el brazo.
Ya lo llevan a enterrar,
    por la calle las sardinas,
El olor de las sardinas,
    el gato resucitó.
[Por eso dice la gente,
    siete almas tiene un gato.]
    There was a boy cat
    sitting on a roof
with one in his waist
    and the other one on the hip.
A girl cat passed by
    with bright eyes.
The boy cat for giving her a kiss
    jumped from his roof.
He broke a middle rib
    and an arm.
They sent for doctors,
    for doctors and surgeons.
One looked at the pulse
    the other one at the arm.
They brought him for the burial
    to the street of sardines.
The smelling of the sardines
    brought him back to life.
[For this reason people say
    a cat has seven lives.]


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Subject: RE: Origins: Senor Don Gato
From: GUEST
Date: 30 Oct 03 - 01:55 PM

"By the way, the origins of the song of Don Gato are rooted in Spain in the 15th century, as it has been proved that the Jews sent away at that time by the Catholic Kings keep it still in their folklor in Tetuan."

Where did this information come from! I would love to document any information about this song that predates the 16th century.

If any one has any factual sources, please contact me!

email: pixeal@yahoo.com

Don Gato Fan,
Kathleen
SCA: Lady Elisaveta Izmaragd Ivanova


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Subject: RE: Senor Don Gato
From: GUEST,J.D. Roberson
Date: 24 Oct 03 - 01:23 PM

There's now an illustrated book dedicated to our beloved, re-animated feline. See the link at Candlewick Press:

http://www.candlewickpress.com/cwp/cat.asp?browse=Title&mode=book&isbn=0763617245&bkview=p&pix=n

J.D. Roberson


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Subject: RE: Senor Don Gato
From: Bev and Jerry
Date: 18 Oct 03 - 09:25 PM

That's the one.

Bev and Jerry


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Subject: RE: Senor Don Gato
From: GUEST,GUEST
Date: 18 Oct 03 - 09:10 PM

Count me in as another one who had the song stay with him lo these many (33 or so) years. Learned it in elementary school in Pittsburgh, PA in the late 60's. I came to this thread because I now have two boys to whom I want to sing it, and wanted to find the actual melody (the years have messed it up in my head). The melodies provided above didn't have the rhythm so I kept looking (and because I didn't want to go trying to find a Silver Burdett book. )The following URL has it, though as I remember it the beginning two eighth notes are O and Sen-, not Se- and nor, and no "he" before "was a cat." Otherwise it seems to be the way I had learned it.

http://sniff.numachi.com/~rickheit/dtrad/pages/ttDONGATO.html

It would be interesting to know whether this melody is the one most people in this Don Gato Fan Club had learned.


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Subject: RE: Senor Don Gato
From: GUEST,SomeDude
Date: 06 Oct 03 - 10:50 PM

I also heard it on the "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" record when I was a kid in the mid to late 70s.
Seems like there's another verse that says something like "the sound was heard for miles around".
Is there a verse with that in it?


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Subject: RE: Senor Don Gato
From: GUEST,Jo
Date: 24 Sep 03 - 01:02 AM

Hi, I have also been looking for this song. I learned it around 1970 in Georgetown, Texas.


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Subject: RE: Senor Don Gato
From: GUEST,pixeal@yahoo.com
Date: 19 Sep 03 - 04:22 PM

I am 29 years old and have remembered this song since I learned it the 4th grade! I was looking for the lyrics and came across this wonderful thread! This is my favorite childrens song!

My class did this on stage. I got to play the fluffy white cat and the doctors. My friend played Don Gato while the rest of the class stood on stage in a chorus. It was great and the audience laughed and cried.

I was looking for the lyrics because I wanted to do something new for my barony the Barony of Rivenstar (Society for Creative Anachronism or SCA). We have been doing some Italian impromptu street theatre performances, and I thought Don Gato would be a great piece to sing and act out. Thanks to every one on the threads for posting lyrics. I could never remember the last line. Now I have several versions of it!

Thanks again!
Kat
aka: Lady Elisaveta Izmaragd Ivanova


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Subject: RE: Senor Don Gato
From: GUEST,rmendezjr@satx.rr.com
Date: 19 Aug 03 - 12:35 AM


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Subject: RE: Senor Don Gato
From: GUEST,guest,
Date: 11 Aug 03 - 11:35 PM

I can't believe how much stuff came up in a search for this song! I also learned it in elementary FPBS, NY 1973ish.
I was trying to find the lyrics for the part after
the doctors all came on the run...

I kept remembering another line that went something like

......get some linaments and linen
meow, meow, meow

Does anyone else recall this verse or anything like it? Out of all the stuff that came up I didn't see anything like it. Maybe from another song?


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Subject: RE: Senor Don Gato
From: GUEST,kagarci
Date: 21 Jul 03 - 05:23 PM

I have also been searching for years. I sang Senor Don Gato in grade school (circa 1970) in Albuquerque, NM. Since the majority of the grade schools didn't have a music teacher, we all turned on the in-class TV's once a week for "Sound Go Round". It aired on the local PBS station. I have been singing it on and off over the years and still love it!


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Subject: RE: Senor Don Gato
From: GUEST,.
Date: 21 Jul 03 - 10:29 AM

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Subject: RE: Senor Don Gato
From: GUEST,Originally from..
Date: 20 Jul 03 - 01:43 PM

By the way, the origins of the song of Don Gato are rooted in Spain in the 15th century, as it has been proved that the Jews sent away at that time by the Catholic Kings keep it still in their folklor in Tetuan.


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Subject: RE: Senor Don Gato
From: GUEST,Pilar - Spain
Date: 20 Jul 03 - 01:35 PM

Hey! This thread is just amazing! I didn't know that in the States you had an English version of El Senor Don Gato. By the way, the Vamos a contar mentiras has a completely different tune. The Catalonian friend who was singing it on The Senor Don Gato melody was just mistaken. Regards,


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Subject: Lyr Add: VAMOS A CONTAR MENTIRAS
From: GUEST,Don
Date: 18 Jul 03 - 01:37 AM

From the link given above:
VAMOS A CONTAR MENTIRAS

Ahora que vamos despacio,
ahora que vamos despacio,
vamos a contar mentiras, tralará,
vamos a contar mentiras, tralará,
vamos a contar mentiras.

Por el mar corren las liebres,
por el mar corren las liebres,
por el monte las sardinas, tralará,
por el monte las sardinas, tralará,
por el monte las sardinas.

Salí de mi campamento,
salí de mi campamento
con hambre de seis semanas, tralará,
con hambre de seis semanas, tralará,
con hambre de seis semanas.

Me encontré con un ciruelo,
me encontré con un ciruelo
cargadito de manzanas, tralará,
cargadito de manzanas, tralará,
cargadito de manzanas.

Empecé a tirarle piedras,
empecé a tirarle piedras
y caían avellanas, tralará,
y caían avellanas, tralará,
y caían avellanas.

Con el ruido de las nueces,
con el ruido de las nueces
salió el amo del peral, tralará,
salió el amo del peral, tralará,
salió el amo del peral.

Chiquillo, no tires piedras,
chiquillo, no tires piedras,
que no es mío el melonar, tralará.
Que no es mío el melonar, tralará,
que no es mío el melonar.

Que es de una vieja muy pobre,
que es de una vieja muy pobre
que vive en El Escorial, tralará,
que vive en El Escorial, tralará,
que vive en El Escorial.

Y aquí se acaba la historia,
Y aquí se acaba la historia
de Pepino y Zanahoria, tralará,
de Pepino y Zanahoria, tralará,
de Pepino y Zanahoria.

Canción popular anónima. Existen numerosas variantes.


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Subject: RE: Senor Don Gato
From: GUEST,Bo in KY
Date: 18 Jul 03 - 12:28 AM

... but the cat thread came back, the very next day,
the cat thread came back,
they thought he was a goner ...


Sorry, couldn't resist.


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Subject: RE: Senor Don Gato
From: GUEST,sonjabontrager@yahoo.com
Date: 17 Jul 03 - 04:34 PM

http://www.elalmanaque.com/diciembre/28-12-poe.htm

¡Viva Don Gato! Imagine my surprise in 1987 in Barcelona when a Catalonian friend began to sing "Vamos a contar mentiras" ( Let's Tell Lies") to the tune of my beloved childhood "Don Gato." It seems our Don Gato got the lyrics & plot from one traditional song and the tune from a completely separate one, having nothing to do with cats.


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Subject: RE: Senor Don Gato
From: GUEST,samunchkin@aol.com
Date: 12 Jul 03 - 09:09 PM

Don Gato rules! I find it hilarious that this thread has lasted over 5 years! Keep it up guys!


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Subject: RE: Senor Don Gato
From: AllisonA(Animaterra)
Date: 10 Jul 03 - 06:38 AM

This thread is amazing. Senor Don Gato will never die!
(wonder how this song would sound on the ukulele??)


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Subject: RE: Senor Don Gato
From: Joe Offer
Date: 09 Jul 03 - 10:44 PM

Say, Martha - I wonder when Silver Burdett promoted the song to FOURTH grade. I have a Silver Burdett textbook titled Music Now and Long Ago, copyright 1956. It has three stars on its spine, so I imagine it's for third grade. I have most of the 1956 series, but not fourth grade. I do have a "Centennial Edition" of Silver Burdett Music, copyright 1985, and it has four dots on the spine - and it has "Don Gato" in it, in English only.
Anybody know the title of the Fourth Grade book in the 1956 series, and does it have "Don Gato"? When was the next series published?
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Senor Don Gato
From: marthabees
Date: 09 Jul 03 - 10:02 PM

Okay - here is the definitive version of Don Gato.

Silver Burdett published "Making Music Your Own", an elementary music series, copyright about 1964. The third grade volume -it's orange -included "Senor Don Gato."   If anybody wants to know, I can find the book and look. I know - I taught the thing! It was a smash hit then and kids today (Yes, I'm still teaching....) still love it. I have a great rendition I do for the kids - very funny, if I say so myself.

The next few series abandoned the song, much to the chagrin of a lot of us who knew what a hit it was. And NOW it's back in some of the modern series, along with the Spanish version!

It is just credited as a Mexican folk song. Sorry, no more info than that.

Anyway, when I see kids - now grownups - who remember me, they almost to a person say "I'll always remember that song about the cat, Don Gato." And all of the input on this thread corroborates that experience.

If anybody wants me to scan the original book and send them a .jpg of the score with the picture of the cat knocked silly, just PM me and I'll do it. It includes chords, but not a fully-realized accompaniment.

Martha in Tallahassee
one of the handful of National Board Certified Music Teachers north Florida, by the way


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Subject: RE: Senor Don Gato
From: GUEST,Marsha
Date: 09 Jul 03 - 08:19 PM

This is so amazing! I love google for bringing me to this thread about our lovely friend, El senor Don Gato!!! I learned it in about 3rd grade (circa 1976ish) in Philadelphia.

It was my absolute FAVORITE song ever in school. Interestingly enough, I went to a Natalie Merchant concert about 2 years ago or so where she sang it. I WENT WILD!!!! I was so excited (I hadn't thought about this song in years.) My boyfriend thought I was on drugs, and like mostly everyone else there had never ever heard it before. I think I was the only person in our section of the concert hall singing along.

I'm going on a road trip with my 6 yr old and 9 yr old nieces a couple weeks from now, and I can hardly wait to teach them!!

Long live Don Gato!!


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Subject: RE: Senor Don Gato
From: GUEST,Steve
Date: 07 Jul 03 - 04:56 AM

I too learned this song in the South Florida public school system in the early to mid 70's.

Steve


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Subject: RE: Senor Don Gato
From: GUEST,Bo in KY
Date: 03 Jul 03 - 11:52 PM

There must have been an amazing network of elementary school music teachers in the seventies from the looks of this thread. I learned it, in 3rd or 4th grade, in Cincinnati around '73-'74. As I remember, the tempo slows way down on the "in spite of everything they tried" verse until it picks up with "he became re-animated". The tune is as evocative for me as it apparently is for many. I always thought it had an "exotic" feel to it, but then, I was in 3rd grade, in the bowels of suburbia ...

Y'all have inspired me to work it up on the guitar and sing it for the kids - it may twist their minds a little. I'm sure Don Gato will live on in the next generation - he's nowhere near his 7th life (let alone his 9th!)

Shalom,

Bo


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Subject: RE: Senor Don Gato
From: GUEST,Anne Jackson
Date: 03 Jul 03 - 12:10 PM

I am so glad to find the lyrics!!! Surprisingly, I remembered the entire song but I had his name wrong, I was calling him Senior Grangato! I was in 3rd grade in Cleveland, Ohio, and just like another Don Gato fan, I have asked people all of the time (those that did not attent the same elementary school as I did)if they've ever heard of it and...NOT!

Thanks to Google.com, all I had to key in was, "lyrics to a song about a cat on a high red roof"!

It's interesting to know that there are many who love this song too!


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