SONG: Skimbleshanks: The Railway Cat
ARTIST: Andrew Lloyd Webber
From the musical, Cats
E C#m/E F#m7/E B/E
E C#m/E F#m7/E B/E
E C#m/E F#m7/E B/E Skimbleshanks the
E C#m/E F#m7/E B/E Railway Cat,
E B7/E F#m/E the Cat of the Railway
E B/D# C#m E/B There's a whisper down the line at eleven thirty nine
A D/A A EWhen the Night Mail's ready to depart
F#m/E B7/E Saying, "Skimble, where is Skimble?
E+2 E/B Has he gone to hunt the thimble?
G#m A A/B EWe must find him or the train can't start"
E B/D# All the guards and all the porters
C#m E/B And the station master's daughters
A D/A A A/E E Would be searching high and low
F#m B7/E E+2/B E/B Saying "Skimble where is Skimble for unless he's very nimble
G#m A A/B EThen the night mail just can't go."
E G/E F#m/E At eleven forty two with the signal overdue
E G/E F#m/E E And the passengers all frantic to a man
A E/G# F#m11 E/G# That's when I would appear and I'd saunter to the rear
A E/G# F#m11I'd been busy in the luggage van!
E B/D# C#m E/B Then he gave one flash of his glass green eyes
A D/A A A/E E And the signal went "All Clear!"
F#m/E B7/E E+2/B E/B G#m A A/B They'd be off at last for the northern part of the Northern Hemi
E B/E A/E E C#m/E F#m7/E The Cat of the Railway Train
B/E E B/D# C#m E/B You could say that by and large it was me who was in charge
A D/A Of the Sleeping Car
A E F#m/E B7/E E+2/B E/B Express, from the driver and the guards to the bagmen playing cards
G#m A A/B EI would supervise them all more or less
E B/D# C#m E/B Down the corridor he paces and examines all the faces
A D/A A A/E E Of the travellers in the first and the third
F#m/E B7/E E+2/B E/B He establishes control by a regular patrol
G#m A A/B EAnd he'd know at once if anything occurred
E G/E A7/E F#m/E He would watch you without winking and he saw what you were thinking
R A7/E G/E F#m/E A7/E E And it's certain that he didn't approve
A E/G# F#m E/G# Of hilarity and riot so the folk were very quiet
A E/G# F#m11When Skimble was about and on the move
E B/D# C#m E/B You could play no pranks with Skimbleshanks!
A D/A A A/E E He's a cat that cannot be ignored
F#m/E B7/E E+2/B E/B So nothing went wrong on the Northern Mail
G#m A A/B E6When Skimbleshanks was aboard
E Bm7 E Bm7 It was very pleasant when they'd found their little den
E Bm7With their name written up on the door.
E Bm7And the berth was very neat with a newly folded sheet
And not a speck of dust upon the floor
E Bm7There was every sort of light
You could make it dark or bright
And a button you could turn to make a breeze
E Bm7And a funny little basin you're supposed to wash your face in
And a crank to shut the window should you sneeze
A D G E Then the guard looked in politely and would ask you very brightly,
A E"Do you like your morning tea weak or strong?"
A E/G# F#m7 E/G# But I was just behind him and was ready to remind him
A E/G# F#m7 (2 bars)For Skimble won't let anything go wrong
E B/D# C#m E/B A D/A A A/E E When they crept into their cosy berths and pulled up the counterpane
A/B B7 Esus2/B E/B They all could reflect that it was very nice
A/B B7 Esus2/B E/B To know that they wouldn't be bothered by mice
A/B B7 Esus2/B E They could leave all that to the Railway Cat
G#m A A/B EThe Cat of the Railway Train
F Dm/F Gm7/F Skimbleshanks
F C7/F Gm/F The Cat of the Railway
F C/E Dm F/C In the watches of the night I was always fresh and bright
A# D#/A# A# FEvery now and then I'd have a cup of tea
Gm/F C7/F F+2 F With perhaps a drop of scotch while I was keeping on the watch
Am A# A#/C FOnly stopping here and there to catch a flea
F C/E Dm F/C They were fast asleep at Crewe and so they never knew
A# D#/A# A# FThat I was walking up and down the station
Gm/F C7/F Fsus2 F They were sleeping all the while I was busy at Carlisle
Am A# A#/C FWhere I met the station master with elation
F G#/F Gm7/F They might see me at Dumfries if I summoned the police
F G#/F Gm/F F If there was anything they ought to know about
A# F/A Gm7 F/A When they got to Gallowgate there they did not have to wait
A# F/A Gm7/11For Skimbleshanks would help them to get out!
F C/E Dm F/C gives you a wave of his long brown tail
A# FWhich says "I'll see you again!
Gm/F C7/F Fsus2 F You'll meet without fail on the Midnight Mail
Am7 A# A#/C FThe Cat of the Railway Train!"
F C/E Dm F/C A#
Gm/F C7/F F
Am7 A# A#/C F (2 bars)The Cat of the Railway Train