I was reading my tablet version of Entertainment Weekly, and came across this letter to the editor in the January 11 edition:
It says, “Your holiday playlist was missing the saddest Christmas song ever: ‘The Cat Carol’ by Meryn Cadell. I dare anyone to listen to this and not crawl under the tree and lie in a fetal position.”
So I jotted down the name of the song and this past Sunday, had a chance to Google it. I found this video on YouTube and I proceeded to watch it. My kids love any type of video when I watch it on my laptop, so they came running when they heard the music playing. So before I got a chance to screen it for them, they watched it. Uh oh. Go check it out yourself. I’ll wait ‘til you’re done. (And while you’re there, check out the comments below the video. My favorite is: Every year I find new cat loving victims to listen to this song and watch them break down. LOVE IT!!!!! It’s one of my favorite holiday activities.)
My kids listened to it and said, “Awww, the cat died?! Why? What happened? That’s so sad!” The entire time, I was swallowing great gulps of laughter and hiding my face in my scarf. And when the line came about the cat constellation? I think I snorted and choked at the same time, all underneath the scarf again. I mean, seriously. Someone called that the saddest Christmas song ever?! I think it’s the something-est song ever, but definitely not the saddest. The nicest thing I can say is I finally found something to replace the horrid “Christmas Shoes” songs at the top of the Worst Christmas Song list.
In case you’d like a copy of the lyrics for your own pleasure, here they are:
The cat wanted in to the warm, warm house
But no one would let the cat in.
It was cold outside on Christmas Eve,
She meowed and meowed by the door.
The cat was not let in to the warm, warm house
And her tiny cries were ignored.
’Twas a blizzard now, the worst of the year.
There was no place for her to hide.
Just then a poor little mouse crept by,
He had lost his way in the snow.
He was on his last legs and was almost froze,
The cat lifted him with her paw.
She said “Poor mouse do not be afraid,
because this is Christmas Eve.
On this freezing night we both need a friend,
I won’t hurt you. Stay by my side.”
She dug a small hole in an icy drift,
This is where they would spent the night.
She curled herself ‘round her helpless friend,
Protecting him from the cold.
When Santa came by near the end of the night
The reindeer started to cry.
They found the cat lying there in the snow
And they could see that she had died.
They lifted her up from the frozen ground
And placed her into the sleigh.
It was then they saw the little mouse wrapped up,
She had kept him warm in her fur.
“Oh thank you Santa for finding us!
Dear cat wake up we are saved!”
...“I’m sorry mouse but your friend has died,
There’s nothing more we can do.
On Christmas Eve she gave you her life,
the greatest gift of them all.”
Santa lifted her up into the night sky
And laid her to rest among the stars.
“Dear mouse don’t cry you are not alone,
You will see your friend every year.
Each Christmas a cat constellation will shine,
to remind us that her love’s still here.”