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Song about a one-eyed cat
Posted by: marian222 (81.159.0.---)
Date: July 31, 2008 06:11AM

Reading a poem by Caroline Caddy, the brief autobio that went with it says 'As the song says, I am now looking at words "like a one-eyed cat at a fish shop window"'. Can anyone tell me the rest of the song, please.


Re: Song about a one-eyed cat
Posted by: JohnnyBoy (71.249.169.---)
Date: July 31, 2008 11:06AM

Shake Rattle And Roll
Shake Rattle & Roll
As Performed by Joe Turner
Written by Charles Calhoun


Get outta that bed, wash your face and hands
Get outta that bed, wash your face and hands
Well, you get in that kitchen, make some noise with the pots and pans

Well, you wear low dresses, the sun comes shining through
Well, you wear low dresses, the sun comes shining through
I can't believe my eyes all that mess belongs to you

I believe to my soul you're a devil in nylon hose
I believe to my soul you're a devil in nylon hose
Well, the harder I work, the faster my money goes

I said, shake, rattle and roll, shake, rattle and roll
Shake, rattle and roll, shake, rattle and roll
Well, you won't do right to save your doggone soul

I'm like a one-eyed cat peeping in a seafood store
I'm like a one-eyed cat peeping in a seafood store
Well, I can look at you and tell you ain't no child no more

Ah, shake, rattle and roll, shake, rattle and roll
Shake, rattle and roll, shake, rattle and roll
Well, you won't do right to save your doggone soul

I said, over the hill and way down underneath
I said, over the hill and way down underneath
You make me roll my eyes, Baby, make me grit my teeth

I said, shake, rattle and roll, shake, rattle and roll
Shake, rattle and roll, shake, rattle and roll
Well, you won't do right to save your doggone soul


Re: Song about a one-eyed cat
Posted by: marian222 (81.159.0.---)
Date: August 01, 2008 05:23PM

Thanks so much, Johnny - I know the chorus and tune to that, but had never really worked out the words, so had no idea that was what I was looking for.


Re: Song about a one-eyed cat
Posted by: JohnnyBoy (24.189.158.---)
Date: August 02, 2008 10:00AM

Curious as to why it was originally mis-quoted as Fish Shop Window

Here's the Wikipedia article on Shake Rattle and Roll:
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interesting that the most suggestive line remained untouched

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 08/02/2008 10:01AM by JohnnyBoy.


Re: Song about a one-eyed cat
Posted by: IanAKB (210.84.50.---)
Date: August 02, 2008 11:24PM

why it was originally mis-quoted as Fish Shop Window

Could it be because Americans say seafood but the English say fish?

Maybe that's why the movie "A Fish Called Wanda" was promoted to the big U.S. market with the inspired tag line "A tale of murder, lust, greed, revenge, and seafood" [my emphasis]

Also I don't think it's English usage to call a shop a store. I believe that there, as in Australia, a store (in the retail sense) means something much bigger, e.g. a department store.

Which reminds me of a little ditty I came across many years ago. Can anyone help me with the source and author?


Mayfair Mavis the other week
Bought herself a boutique.
Now her problem is to stop
People calling it a shop.
Mavis simply looks askance
At such hideous ignorance.
Outsiders who go boutiquing
Should be quelled without spiquing.


Ian


Re: Song about a one-eyed cat
Posted by: marian222 (81.159.0.---)
Date: August 05, 2008 12:41PM

Mayfair Mavis is new to me - but I like her! You are right about use of the word store - it is used in the UK usually either as short for department store, or for a big shop or chain of big shops - supermarkets, carpet shops, electronics shops etc - I think they've taken that term from the USA so they can talk about 'store finders' , 'instore offers ' etc and it all sounds on a big scale.
Small shops or specialist shops aren't normally known as stores unless they are local 'grocery and general' shops, which are sometimes named something like Bursted Village Stores to make the point you can get everything there for daily life, if not much choice. You'd never have a 'seafood store' - you might have a 'seafood specialist' and you'd never 'go to the store',you'd go to the shop, to the shops, or shopping.


Re: Song about a one-eyed cat
Posted by: JohnnyBoy (68.194.80.---)
Date: August 05, 2008 01:56PM

we go to the store....to do shopping !

but we go to the barber shop. or when we take the car to be fixed, it's in the shop.

I'm trying to think of other places taht are specifically "shops"

Hobby shop comes to mind, I'm sure there are others, but they're the exception


Re: Song about a one-eyed cat
Posted by: marian222 (81.159.0.---)
Date: August 07, 2008 05:29AM

Two nations divided by a single language - again! I'm just making arrangments for some people to come to stay from the USA and of course, the dates are all back to front - 9/11 in England means the 9th November, except that we all now know it means 11 Sept in one specific and horrific context. I have to write all the dates as ninth of September etc to avoid confusing myself, let alone anyone else. Fortuitously, our nasty bombing incident was on 7 July, so 7/7 applies on both sides of the pond.




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