Macavity – The Mystery Cat (A Song)

This isn’t the first time that T.S. Eliot’s Macavity – The Mystery Cat from his Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats has been put to music, but I like to think these versions are worth listening to.

It’s a fun poem with a lot of potential for exploring form, rhythm, rhyme, and other poetic devices. The words/lyrics are included in the videos with the first beat highlighted in red. This should be helpful if you (or a class of eight year-olds!) want to learn the poem for a performance; it could also be a good starting point for a discussion of pulse, meter, rhythm, etc. Talking of performance, there’s also a karaoke backing track version of the video and three different audio files available to download from Bandcamp.

If you’ve found this resource useful, please consider supporting me through Thank you!

If you like these songs, please consider downloading them from Bandcamp. Thank you :)

The version below is the original, live, school version recorded with my year fours (in one take!) in February.

If you enjoyed these resources, please consider becoming a Marmalader or supporting by buying a song or making a small donation. Thank you! Have a lovely day. :)


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s