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Skimbleshanks: The Railway Cat | jellicles-v


Skimbleshanks: The Railway Cat
Skimbleshanks
The railway cat
The cat of the railway train
There´s a whisper down the line at 11.39

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´

All the guards and all the portes 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´

At 11.42 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

Then he gave one flash of his glass-green eyes
And the signal went ´All clear!´
They´d be off at last from the northern part
Of the northern hemisphere

Skimleshanks the railway cat
The cat of the railway train
You could say that by and large
It was me who was in charge of the Sleeping Car Express

From the driver and the guards to the bagmen playing cards
I´s supervise them all more or less
Down the corridor he paces and examines all the faces
Of the travellers in the first and the third

He establishes control by a regular patrol
And he´d know at once if anything occurred
He would 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 the folk were very quite
When Skimble was about and the move
You could play no pranks with Skimbleshanks
He´s a cat that cannot be ignored

So nothing went wrong on the Northern Mail
When Skimbleshanks was aboard
It was verry pleasant when they´d found their little den
With their name written up on the door

Woo! Woo!
And the berth was verry neat with a newly folded sheet
And not a speck of dust on the floor
There was every sort of light

You could make it dark or bright
And a button you could turn to make a breeze
Woo! Woo!
And a funny little basin you´re supposed to wash your face in

And a crank to shut the window should you sneeze
Then the guard walked 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
When they crept into their cosy berths
And pulled up the counterpane

They all could reflect it was verry nice
To know that they wouldn´t be bothered by mice
They could leave all that to the railway cat
The cat of the railway train

Skimbleshanks the railway cat
The cat of the railway train
Skimbleshanks the railway cat
The cat of the railway train

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 when I was keeping on the watch

Only stopping here and there to catch a flea
They were fast asleep at Crewe 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
They might see me at Dumfries if I summoned the police
If there was anything they ought to know about
When they got to Gallowgate

There they did not have to wait
For Skimbleshanks would help them to get out
And he gives you a wave of his long brown tail
Which says I´ll see you again

You will meet without fail on the Midnight Mail
The cat of the railway train
The cat of the railway train


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