Can Anyone Help with a Rhyme about a Cat that’s in English and French?

Megan wrote asking for help with a rhyme about a cat that’s in English and French.  Here’s her letter…

Hi Lisa,

I’m trying to find an older nursery rhyme that I can’t seem to find.  The song would go:

Little black cat, little black, cat look at my pretty little baby.
Get away cat, get away cat, and don’t you touch my baby.

Then it would be repeated in French and I know this isn’t the correct spelling but it sounds like:

Petish en wah, petish an wah, regalo ono baby.
Kitty noo Cha, kitty noo cha, petish eh pahmoor, baby.

Not correct spelling but how it sounds.

I really hope you can help me as I can’t find it anywhere.



The French part might be something like this…

Petit chat noir, petit chat noir, regarde mon beau bébé (or regarde-le, mon beau bebé).

? chat, ? chat, ne touche pas mon bébé.

Maybe "kitty noo" means "quitte-nous, chat" (leave us, cat).

If anyone can help with this rhyme, please comment below or email me.


Mama Lisa

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One Response to “Can Anyone Help with a Rhyme about a Cat that’s in English and French?”

  1. Marie Says:

    I heard this song many years ago and I thought it was by Raffi. I emailed him and his staff says that it is not one of his. I did find it on this album:
    It is the same words, but not the same singer I remember.
    It is a sweet little song that I sang to my children when they were young! My first grandchild was just born, and of course I went looking for it again!
    Hope that helps!

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