Andrew Lloyd Webber - Gus The Theatre Cat chords

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SONG: Gus: The Theatre Cat
ARTIST: Andrew Lloyd Webber

From the musical, Cats

D (4 bars)

Gmaj7 D/F# F#7 BmGus is the Cat at the Theatre Door
Em7 A Dsus2 DHis name as I ought to have told you before
Gmaj7 D/F# F#7 BmIs really Asparagus, but that's such a fuss
G -- F#m7--Em9--G/A G DTo pronounce that we usually call him just Gus
Gmaj7 D/F# F#7 BmHis coat's very shabby. He's thin as a rake
Em7 A Dsus2 DAnd he suffers from palsy that makes his paw shake
Gmaj7 D/F# F#7 BmYet he was in his youth quite the smartest of cats
G--F#m7--Em9--G/A G DBut no longer a terror to mice and to rats
G D/F# Em7 D/F#For he isn't the cat that he was in his prime
G D F#7 BmThough his name was quite famous, he says, in his time
G D/F# Em7 D/F#And whenever he joins his friends at their club
G D F#7 Bm(Which takes place at the back of the neighbouring pub)
Em7 A Dsus2 DHe loves to regale them if someone else pays
Em7 A Dsus2 DWith anecdotes drawn from his palmiest days
G D/F# Em7 D/F#For he once was a star of the highest degree
G D/F# F#7 BmHe has acted with Irving, he's acted with Tree
G D/F# Em7 D/F#And he likes to relate his success on the halls
G D/F# F#7 BmWhere the gallery once gave him seven catcalls
G-- F#m7--Em9--G/A Bm BmBut his grandest creation as he loves to tell
Em7--F#m7--Gmaj7--G/A Csus2 G DWas Firefrorefiddle, the Fiend of the Fell
Gmaj7 D/F# F#7 Bm"I have played, in my time, every possible part
Em7 A Dsus2 DAnd I used to know seventy speeches by heart
Gmaj7 D/F# F#7 BmI'd extemporize backchat. I knew how to gag
G -- F#m7--Em9--G/A G DAnd I knew how to let the cat out of the bag
Gmaj7 D/F# F#7 BmI knew how to act with my back and my tail
Em7 A Dsus2 DWith an hour of rehearsal, I never could fail
Gmaj7 D/F# F#7 Bm I'd a voice that would soften the hardest of hearts
G--F#m7-Em9-G/A G D Whether I took the lead, or in character parts
G D/F# Em7 D/F#I have sat by the bedside of poor little Nell
G D/F# F#7 BmWhen the curfew was rung then I swung on the bell
G D/F# Em7 D/F#In the pantomime season I never fell flat
G D/F# F#7 BmAnd I once understudied Dick Whittington's cat
G-- F#m7--Em9--G/A Bm Bm But my grandest creation as history will tell Em7--F#m7--Gmaj7--G/A Csus2 G/B D Was Firefrorefiddle, the Fiend of the Fell D D D
D C#/A D DThen if someone will give him a toothful of gin
A7sus/E A7 D DHe will tell how he once played a part in East Lynne
D C#/A D DAt a Shakespeare performance he once walked on pat
D A E7 AWhen some actor suggested the need for a cat
G D/F# Em7 D/F#"And I say now these kittens, they do not get trained
G D/F# F#7 BmAs we did in the days when Victoria reigned
G D/F# Em7 D/F#They never get drilled in a regular troupe
G D/F# F#7 BmAnd they think they are smart just to jump through a hoop"
Em7 A Dsus2 DAnd he says as he scratches himself with his claws
Em7 A Dsus2 D"Well, the theatre is certainly not what it was
G D/F# Em D/F#These modern productions are all very well
G D/F# F#7 BBut there's nothing to equal from what I hear tell
G--F#m7--Em9--G/A Bm Bm That moment of mystery when I made history Em7--F#m7--Gmaj6-G/A Csus2 G As Firefrorefiddle, the Fiend of the Fell" D (Reprise) "I once crossed the stage on a telegraph wire To rescue a child when a house was on fire And I think that I still can much better than most Produce blood-curdling noises to bring on the ghost And I once played Growltiger Could do it again Could do it again Could do it again . . ."
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