Señor Don Gato

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"Señor Don Gato" is a children's song about a cat who is sitting on a roof when he discovers that his true love has agreed to marry him. In his excitement, he falls off and injures himself. The veteranarian is unable to save him and he dies. However, as his funeral procession passes through the market, the scent of fish from the market is so strong that he returns to life.

This English version, by Margaret Marks, is familiar to generations of school-age children in North America due to its inclusion in Making Your Own Music, Grade 3 (copyright 1964 by the Silver Burdett Company). The lyrics are loosely translated from the traditional Spanish song "Estaba el señor Don Gato",[1] but the melody is from a different song, "Ahora Que Vamos Despacio".[2][3] There is also a French version of "Estaba el señor Don Gato" called "Monsieur le Chat".[4]

Lyrics[edit]

Oh, Señor Don Gato was a cat, On a high red roof Don Gato sat. He went there to read a letter, Meow, meow, meow Where the reading light was better, Meow, meow, meow It was a love note for Don Gato,

"I adore you," wrote the lady cat Who was fluffy, white, and nice and fat. There was not a sweeter kitty Meow, meow, meow In the country or the city Meow, meow, meow And she said she'd wed Don Gato.

Oh, Don Gato jumped so happily, He fell off the roof and broke his knee. Broke his ribs and all his whiskers, Meow, meow, meow And his little solar plexus, Meow, meow, meow "¡Ay caramba!" cried Don Gato.

Then the Doctors all came on the run, Just to see if something could be done. And they held a consultation, Meow, meow, meow About how to save their patient, Meow, meow, meow
How to save Señor Don Gato.

But in spite of everything they tried,
Poor Señor Don Gato up and died.
Oh it wasn't very merry,
Meow, meow, meow
Going to the cemetery,
Meow, meow, meow
For the ending of Don Gato.

As the funeral passed the market square,
Such a smell of fish was in the air.
Though the burial was slated,
Meow, meow, meow
He became re-animated,
Meow, meow, meow
He came back to life, Don Gato.

In popular culture[edit]

Señor Don Gato is sung in the film The Loneliest Planet.[5]

A cat called "Senor Don Gato" appears in the video game Neko Atsume.

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