Pussy-cat high, Pussy-cat low,
Pussy-cat was a fine teazer of tow*.
Pussy-cat she came into the barn,
With her bag-pipes under her arm.
And then she told a tale to me,
How Mousey had married a humble bee.
Then was I ever so glad,
That Mousey had married so clever a lad.
*We believe that means pussycat was good at teasing birds.
Here's another version of this song from The Little Mother Goose (1912), illustrated by Jessie Willcox Smith:
A Cat Came Fiddling Out of a Barn
A cat came fiddling out of a barn.
With a pair of bag-pipes under her arm:
She could sing nothing but fiddle-cum-fee,
The mouse has married the bumble-bee;
Pipe, cat - dance, mouse,
We'll have a wedding at our good house.
Here's a version that Sasha sent:
The cat came fiddling out of the barn
With a pair of bagpipes under her arm
Though she could not sing a tune
Fiddle- cum – fee
The mouse has married the bumblebee
Pipe cat, dance mouse
We'll have a wedding at our good house!
Photos & Illustrations
Thanks and Acknowledgements
The illustration and this version of the rhyme are from The Baby's Bouquet, A Fresh Bunch of Rhymes and Tunes by Walter Crane (1878). Thanks to Sasha for sending another version!