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 MarmaladeSchool.com 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 patreon.com/mrwalton. 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 MarmaladeSchool.com by buying a song or making a small donation. Thank you! Have a lovely day. :)

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