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Mingulay Cat Song

from Selcouth by Marc Gunn



Our cat Jenga knocked cups off the table so often that we started only using water bottles around the house. But our kids… were not quite so well trained.

One day, I came back from taking Kenzie to daycare. I walked into the kitchen and felt my foot stick to the floor. There on the ground was Kenzie's sippy cup with juice spilled all over the floor. It didn't take long to write the rest of the song.


Little girl holds a full sippy cup.
Only drinks half of the juice up.
She leaves for school then the bottle lands with a splash.
Your paws get sticky on the floor.

* See the glass cats. Watch it splash cats.
See the liquid roll off of the table.
See your human in their socks cats
As they step in the puddle you made.

Humans watching TV distracted,
Or they leave to use the bathroom.
Jump up on the coffee table.
Knock the milk down and lick it up.

Ice cold glass of water at bedtime.
Set it down not far from the pillow.
Tongue can't reach it at two in the morning.
So knock it down, then you're satiated.

What care we if they're done drinking.
What we care about is physics in motion.
Tap the glass cats, watch it jiggle.
If it doesn't tip over, then knock it again.


from Selcouth, released February 14, 2022
Lyrics by Marc Gunn, music traditional. Marc Gunn - autoharp, vocals. Nathan Deese - bass, whistle. Nick Watson from Rathkeltair - percussion. Background vocals: C David Dent, Chris Carr, Heather Ackroyd, Jennifer Michelli-Haskell, Morgan Hubert, Gwyneth Hubert, Whiskey Bay Rovers. Mixed by Rich Brotherton, Ace Recording. Mastered by Marc Gunn.




Marc Gunn Atlanta, Georgia

Marc Gunn is a rhythm and folk musician inspired by Celtic culture, science fiction, fantasy, and cats--Sci F'Irish music.

He breathes new life into the autoharp, which continues to surprise musical veterans and fans alike for its unique sound and spirited energy. It’s like a satirical jam session between The Clancy Brothers and Weird Al Yankovic.
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