Pussy Cat Pussy Cat
|"Pussy Cat, Pussy Cat"|
Lyrics and melody
Common modern versions include:
- Pussy cat, pussy cat, where have you been?
- I've been to London to look at the Queen.
- Pussy cat, pussy cat, what did you do there?
- I frightened a little mouse, under the chair. 
The last line sometimes sung as:
- I chased a little mouse right under the chair.
The earliest record of the rhyme is publication in Songs for the Nursery, printed in London in 1805. The Queen most often depicted in illustrations is Elizabeth I, but Caroline of Brunswick has also been suggested.
References in popular culture
- In Sesame Street's Mother Goose Rhymes, Grundgetta takes the place of the cat, going to the dump and wanting to know who wants to know where she's been.
- Ernie takes the place of the pussy-cat with Bert playing the mouse in the The Sesame Street 1981 Mother Goose Calendar.
- I. Opie and P. Opie, The Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes (Oxford University Press, 1951, 2nd edn., 1997), p. 357.
- J. J. Fuld, The Book of World-Famous Music: Classical, Popular, and Folk (Courier Dover Publications, 5th edn., 2000), ISBN 0486414752, p. 502.