The Cat Came Back
Lyrics & Sheet Music

The Cat Came Back is a fun, silly song that kids love.  Here are several piano arrangements, plus guitar tabs in two keys!


From "The Learning Station":

With its great repeating bass line, this song is a natural for guitar - but in both keys, there is one hard chord!  The key of Am uses an F chord, and the key of Em uses a B chord.  Both are hard for beginners, but this is good practice:

The Cat Came Back guitar tabs

Guitar tabs for The Cat Came Back

Download The Cat Came Back for guitar in the key of Am

Download The Cat Came Back in Em

In Am, the tab  (melody) is more easily played if your left hand remains loosely in an Am chord shape.  I have played this as a trio with 2 other guitar players, with one on melody, one playing a bass line (a, g, f, e on string 5 and 6), and the other on chords.  It's fun!

The piano solo arrangement has nice energy:

Piano solo The Cat Came Back

The Cat Came Back lyrics and sheet music

Download The Cat Came Back lyrics and sheet music piano solo

Two lead sheets for other instruments (or piano!):

The Cat Came Back lead sheets in Dm & Em

Download lead sheet for The Cat Came Back in Dm

(If you choose the Dm lead sheet, you'll find that a left hand descending bass line accompaniment is SO SIMPLE - and it's identical to the line found in Erie Canal, which even beginners tend to master, though it isn't technically beginner level to put that changing left hand together with a melody.  They work at it because it's fun.)

Download lead sheet in Em

For beginning piano, here are three shared-hands melody arrangements:

Beginning piano melody arrangement of The Cat Came Back

Shared-hands melody for piano, The Cat Came Back

Download easy shared-hands melody, The Cat Came Back

Here is page one of ALMOST the same melody, but with a few alphanotes to help out.  What's different about the melody?  These oh-so-slightly-altered melodic lines fit entirely in the 5 fingers of the right hand with no movement required!

Lettered notes in easy sheet music for piano version of The Cat Came Back

Download piano sheet music with lettered notes

The following sheet is a greatly simplified version of the melody - most of the skips (thirds) have been removed:

Simplified melody, The Cat Came Back

Download simplified arrangement of The Cat Came Back for piano

Here's a fun recording from Laurie Berkner that stars a very sweet LIVE kitty:








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