Aby-a-Day – August 17: Stray Cat Strut (Friday Flashback)

I needed to call our vet today to get some prescriptions refilled, and was put on hold for a moment, where, to my delight, I heard their new hold music: Stray Cat Strut! Hoo boy, does that song bring back memories! Not only from high school, but also from the swing dancing revival of the late 90’s.

While I was listening to (and singing along with) the song, it occurred to me that I could find photos of Jacoby (who could be considered to be black and orange) to fit the lyrics…

Oooh, Oooh, Oooh, Oooh,
Black and orange stray cat sittin’ on a fence

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Ain’t got enough dough to pay the rent
I’m flat broke but I don’t care

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I strut right by with my tail in the air

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Stray cat strut, I’m a ladies’ cat,

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A feline Casanova, hey man, thats where its at
Get a shoe thrown at me from a mean old man

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Get my dinner from a garbage can

Yeah don’t cross my path

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I don’t bother chasing mice around
I slink down the alley looking for a fight
Howling to the moonlight on a hot summer night

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Singin’ the blues while the lady cats cry,
“Wild stray cat, you’re a real gone guy.”

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I wish I could be as carefree and wild,
but I got cat class and I got cat style.

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I don’t bother chasing mice around
I slink down the alley looking for a fight

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Howling to the moonlight on a hot summer night
Singin’ the blues while the lady cats cry,
“Wild stray cat, you’re a real gone guy.”

I wish I could be as carefree and wild,

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but I got cat class and I got cat style.

That song’s always kind of bugged me though. It starts out with “black and orange stray cat” which is obviously a tortoiseshell cat, but the subject is obviously described in the lyrics as a male cat. Even in high school…