Tommy the Cat


Primus is an experimental band. Tommy is an alley cat desired by a tempting lady feline.
The original was done with animation (second video). The reason I’m posting this is to show the interplay between drums and slap bass in the live performance. The dialogue is too quick to follow so this will give you the gist.

Our resident FCS cat Priscilla was agog

Tommy The Cat

Well, I remember as it were a meal ago

Said Tommy the Cat as he reeled back to clear whatever foreign matter
May have nestled its way into his mighty throat
Many a fat alley rat had met its demise while staring point blank down
The cavernous barrel of this awesome prowling machine
Truly a wonder of nature this urban predator
Tommy the Cat had many a story to tell
But it was a rare occasion such as this that he did

She came slidin’ down the alleyway like butter drippin’ off a hot biscuit
The aroma, the mean scent, was enough to arouse suspicion in even the
Oldest of tigers that hung around the hot spot in those days
The sight was beyond belief
Many a head snapped for double–even triple–takes as this vivacious
Feline made her her way into the delta of the alleyway where the most
Virile of the young tabbies were known to hang out

They hung in droves
Such a multitude of masculinity could only be found in one place
And that was O’Malley’s AlleyThe air was thick with cat calls (no pun intended)
But not even a muscle in her neck did twitch as she sauntered up into
The heart of the alleyway
She knew what she wanted
She was lookin’ for that stud bull
She was looking for that he cat
And that was me

Tommy the Cat is my name and I say unto thee
Say, baby, do you want to lay down with me?
Say, baby, do you want to lay down by my side?
Ah, baby, do you want to lay down with me?
Say, baby?
Say, baby?

Live performance
Original studio version with animation

Don Matthews
November 2020



Published by donmatthewspoetry

I just like playing around with words. And having fun

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