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Girava tempo fa sulle tv lo spot della nuova Audi A3 che aveva come colonna sonora una musichetta particolare.
Si tratta un vecchio successo di Fred Penner, il compositore, cantante e attore canadese specializzato nell’intrattenimento per bambini. La sua biografia merita qualche cenno: ha imparato da solo a suonare la chitarra, ha incominciato a scrivere canzoncine per rallegrare la sorella minore, affetta da sindrome di Down, dopo la laurea si è dedicato alla terapia di bambini con malattie fisiche e mentali attraverso la musica, è diventato famoso nel suo paese e negli Stati Uniti, ha per anni condotto un suo show personale e recitato come protagonista di una sit–com alla televisione canadese e poi in quelle americane. Il suo album più noto prende nome proprio dalla canzone utilizzata nello spot: The Cat Came Back, che spero vi diverta come diverte me (attenzione alla partecipazione dei bambini, davvero esilarante):

Fred Penner – The Cat Came Back.mp3

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La canzone in realtà non è di Penner, ma è stata scritta nel 1893 da Harry Miller ed è diventata oltreoceano un classico folk. È la storia di un gatto giallo di cui il vecchio signor Johnson voleva sbarazzarsi. Inutilmente: dopo ogni tentativo il gatto tornava il giorno successivo, come sottolinea il ritornello originale:
But de cat came back, he couldn’t stay no long-er,
Yes de cat came back de very next day,
De cat came back—thought she were a goner,
But de cat came back for it wouldn’t stay away.

Nel testo di Miller il gatto alla fine moriva ma il suo fantasma tornava a tormentare il padrone. Nel corso del tempo il testo e la musica hanno subito aggiunte e rimaneggiamenti. Come capita nella canzone popolare, esistono oggi versioni diverse, nelle quali il gatto si salva quasi sempre e, in alcuni casi, è l’unico a salvarsi. Il tempo standard è di 2/4, per cui può essere cantata agevolmente mentre si cammina.
Per chi volesse provarci riporto il testo cantato da Fred Penner:
Old Mister Johnson had troubles of his own
He had a yellow cat which wouldn’t leave its home;
He tried and he tried to give the cat away,
He gave it to a man goin’ far, far away.
But the cat came back the very next day,
The cat came back, we thought he was a goner
But the cat came back; it just couldn’t stay away.
Away, away, yea, yea, yea

The man around the corner swore he’d kill the cat on sight,
He loaded up his shotgun with nails and dynamite;
He waited and he waited for the cat to come around,
Ninety seven pieces of the man is all they found.
But the cat came back the very next day,
The cat came back, we thought he was a goner
But the cat came back; it just couldn’t stay away.
Away, away, yea, yea, yea

He gave it to a little boy with a dollar note,
Told him for to take it up the river in a boat;
They tied a rope around its neck, it must have weighed a pound
Now they drag the river for a little boy that’s drowned.
But the cat came back the very next day,
The cat came back, we thought he was a goner
But the cat came back; it just couldn’t stay away.
Away, away, yea, yea, yea


He gave it to a man going up in a balloon,
He told him for to take it to the man in the moon;
The balloon came down about ninety miles away,
Where he is now, well I dare not say.
But the cat came back the very next day,
The cat came back, we thought he was a goner
But the cat came back; it just couldn’t stay away.
Away, away, yea, yea, yea

He gave it to a man going way out West,
Told him for to take it to the one he loved the best;
First the train hit the curve, then it jumped the rail,
Not a soul was left behind to tell the gruesome tale.
But the cat came back the very next day,
The cat came back, we thought he was a goner
But the cat came back; it just couldn’t stay away.
Away, away, yea, yea, yea

The cat it had some company one night out in the yard,
Someone threw a boot-jack, and they threw it mighty hard;
It caught the cat behind the ear, she thought it rather slight,
When along came a brick-bat and knocked the cat out of sight
But the cat came back the very next day,
The cat came back, we thought he was a goner
But the cat came back; it just couldn’t stay away.
Away, away, yea, yea, yea

Away across the ocean they did send the cat at last,
Vessel only out a day and making water fast;
People all began to pray, the boat began to toss,
A great big gust of wind came by and every soul was lost.
But the cat came back the very next day,
The cat came back, we thought he was a goner
But the cat came back; it just couldn’t stay away.
Away, away, yea, yea, yea

On a telegraph wire, sparrows sitting in a bunch,
The cat was feeling hungry, thought she’d like ‘em for a lunch;
Climbing softly up the pole, and when she reached the top,
Put her foot upon the electric wire, which tied her in a knot.
But the cat came back the very next day,
The cat came back, we thought he was a goner
But the cat came back; it just couldn’t stay away.
Away, away, yea, yea, yea

The cat was a possessor of a family of its own,
With seven little kittens till there came a cyclone;
Blew the houses all apart and tossed the cat around,
The air was full of kittens, and not a one was ever found.
But the cat came back the very next day,
The cat came back, we thought he was a goner
But the cat came back; it just couldn’t stay away.
Away, away, yea, yea, yea

The atom bomb fell just the other day,
The H-Bomb fell in the very same way;
Russia went, England went, and then the U.S.A.
The human race was finished without a chance to pray.
But the cat came back the very next day,
The cat came back, we thought he was a goner
But the cat came back; it just couldn’t stay away.
Away, away, yea, yea, yea.

La traduzione si può trovare qui.

La canzone ha ispirato anche un cartone animato del 1988 del regista canadese Cordell Barker, che ottenne una nomination all’Oscar e termina con la rivelazione che il gatto ha due vite in più di ciò che si pensa: nove.
(fonte Popinga)

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Written by Babbo Leo

maggio 31st, 2010 at 2:47 pm

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