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When Kitty Eyes Are Smiling

from Irish Drinking Songs for Cat Lovers by Marc Gunn

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    I always LOVED the idea of a Collector's Item. Something limited edition. Extra cool. That's one reason I set aside about 20 copies of Irish Drinking Songs for Cat Lovers 16 years ago. So that some day in the future I could sell them and call them a "Collector's Item".

    Here we are and my crappy memory wasn't even sure that's what these were. So I did a double check. Were these first or second edition CDs? How do I know?

    After the first printing of 1000 CDs, I changed the copyright.

    The original copyright was in 2005 on the Jewel Case CDs. The following year, I printed the next edition and changed the copyright to 2006.

    But if you're unsure, there's one other thing I did with the 2005 release that I did not do in the 2006 release. The first edition CD also includes the original version of "Harry Potter and the Rising of the Moon".

    I didn't include it, or even list it on the CD, because I was unsure about what the Rowling Estate would think about that. I tried to reach out to them. I never heard back.

    A couple years later, I learned about the Wizard Rock movement. So I released the song officially on Whiskers in the Jar.

    Interestingly, when I printed the CD Jackets, I changed the copyright back to 2005. But I don't remember what edition those CDs were.

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This cat song is based on the Irish American folk song and St Patrick’s Day song favorite, “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling”. The songs is a joyful look at the playful and sometimes distructive, but always sweet nature of cats. Look for it on my Irish Drinking Songs for Cat Lovers CD.

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There’s a kitty eye, watching something dart by
Though he may’ve seen nothing at all.
Be it game or alive, he wiggles his hind
Then tackles it with his claws.
For a cat roams around like a lion on the prow
And jumps on your shelf with a sprong
So he can meow from great heights and croon through the night
Til it all crashes down, then he’s gone.

When kitty eyes are smiling
All the world it is their play
With a leap a cat is soaring
Now your shoe lace is his prey
When kitty hearts are happy
Against your leg, you’ll feel them rub
And when kitty eyes are smiling
Sure, you can’t help falling in love.

When your sweet kitty’s kneeding, some biscuits and dreaming
His cat motor purrs with delight
Sure, he wakes with sleepy eyes, then the sofa he spies
And scratches his claws on the side.
While you’re writing a song, you’ll know something is wrong
When he lies on your paper to rest
You will laugh all the while and then you will smile
As he falls asleep on your desk.

When kitty eyes are smiling
All the world it is their play
With a leap a cat is soaring
Now your sporran is his prey
When kitty hearts are happy
Against your leg, you’ll feel them rub
And when kitty eyes are smiling
Sure, you can’t help falling in love.

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from Irish Drinking Songs for Cat Lovers, released January 1, 2005
Lyrics Marc Gunn, music When Irish Eyes Are Smiling

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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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