Cats Musical – Skimbleshanks The Railway Cat lyrics

Skimbleshanks the Railway cat, the cat of the railway train

[Verse 1]
There’s a whisper down the line at eleven thirty – nine
When the night mail’s ready to depart
Saying, “Skimble, where is Skimble has he gone to hunt the thimble
We must find him or the train can’t start”

[Verse 2]
All the guards and all the porters and the stationmaster’s daughters
Would be searching high and low
Saying “Skimble where is Skimble for unless he’s very nimble
Then the night mail just can’t go.”

[Verse 3]
At eleven forty-two with the signal overdue
And the passengers all frantic to a man
That’s when I would appear and I’d saunter to the rear
I’d been busy in the luggage van!

[Verse 4]
Then he gave one flash of his glass – green eyes
And the signal went “all clear”
They’d be off at last to the northern part of the northern hemisphere!

Skimbleshanks the Railway cat, the cat of the railway train

[Verse 5]
You might say that by and large it was me who was in charge
Of the Sleeping Car Express
From the driver and guards to the bagmen playing cards
I would supervise them all more or less

[Verse 6]
Down the corridor he paces and examines all the faces
Of the travellers in the first and the third
He established control by a regular patrol
And he’d know at once if anything occured.

[Verse 7]
He would you watch you without winking and he saw what you were thinking
And it’s certain that he didn’t approve
Of hilarity and riot so that folk were very quiet
When Skimble was about and on the move

[Verse 8]
You could play no pranks with Skimbleshanks
He’s a cat that couldn’t be ignored
So nothing went wrong on the Northern Mail
When Skimbleshanks was aboard

[Verse 9]
It was very pleasant when they’d found their little den
With their name written up on the door
And the berth was very neat with a newly folded sheet
And not a speck of dust on the floor

[Verse 10]
There was every sort of light, you could make it dark and bright
And a button you could turn to make a breeze
And a funny little basin you’re supposed to wash your face in
And a crank to shut the window should you sneeze

[Verse 11]
Then the guard looked in politely and would ask you very brightly
Do you like your morning tea weak or strong
But I was just behind him and was ready to remind him
For Skimble won’t let anything go wrong

[Verse 12]
When the crept into their cozy berth and pulled the counterpane
They all could reflect that it was very nice
To know that they wouldn’t be bothered by mice
They can leave all that to the railway cat
The cat of the railway train

Skimbleshanks the railway cat, the cat of the railway train

[Verse 13]
In the watches of the night I was always fresh and bright
Every now and then I’d have a cup of tea
With perhaps a drop of scotch while I was keeping up the watch
Only stopping here and there to catch a flea

[Verse 14]
They were fast asleep at Crew and so they never knew
That I was walking up and down the station
They were sleeping all the while I was busy at Carlisle
Where I met the stationmaster with elation

[Verse 15]
They might see me at Dumfries if I summoned the police
If there was anything they ought to know about
When they got to Gallowgat there they did not have to wait
For Skimbleshanks will help them to get out

[Verse 16]
And he gives you a wave of his long brown tail
Which says “I’ll see you again”
You’ll meet without fail on the Midnight Mail
The cat of the railway train

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