(orig. trad. Spanish folk song;
English lyrics by Margaret Marks, with different trad. melody)

Oh, Señor Don Gato was a cat,
On a high red roof Don Gato sat.
  He went there to read a letter, 
    meow, meow, meow
  Where the reading light was better, 
    meow, meow, meow
It was a love note for Don Gato.

"I adore you," wrote the lady cat
Who was fluffy, white, and nice and fat.
  There was not a sweeter kitty, 
    meow, meow, meow
  In the country or the city, 
    meow, meow, meow
And she said she'd wed Don Gato.

Oh, Don Gato jumped so happily,
He fell off the roof and broke his knee.
  Broke his ribs and all his whiskers, 
    meow, meow, meow
  And his little solar plexus, 
    meow, meow, meow
"¡Ay caramba!" cried Don Gato.

Then the doctors all came on the run,
Just to see if something could be done.
  And they held a consultation, 
    meow, meow, meow
  About how to save their patient, 
    meow, meow, meow
How to save Señor Don Gato.

But in spite of everything they tried,
Poor Señor Don Gato up and died.
  Oh it wasn't very merry, 
    meow, meow, meow
  Going to the cemetery, 
    meow, meow, meow
For the ending of Don Gato.

As the funeral passed the market square,
Such a smell of fish was in the air.
  Though the burial was slated, 
    meow, meow, meow
  He became re-animated, 
    meow, meow, meow
He came back to life, Don Gato.

recording: JenUwin the Unicorn [YouTube]

notes: Original Spanish lyrics and melody [Beth's Notes]

notes: song history [Wikipedia]