The Indians send signals from the rocks above the pass
The cowboys take position in the bushes and the grass
The squaw is with the corporal, she is tied against the tree
She doesn't mind the language, it's the beating she don't need
She lets loose all the horses when the corporal is asleep
And he wakes to find the fire's dead and arrows in his hats
And Davy Crockett rides around and says it's cool for cats
It's cool for cats (cool for cats)

The Sweeney's doing ninety 'cause they've got the word to go
They get a gang of villains in a shed up at Heathrow
They're counting out the fivers when the handcuffs lock again
In and out of Wandsworth with the numbers on their names
It's funny how their missus always look so bleeding same
And meanwhile at the station there's a couple of likely lads
Who swear like, "How's your father?" and they're very cool for cats
They're cool for cats (cool for cats)

To change the mood a little I've been posing down the pub
On seeing my reflection, I'm looking slightly rough
I fancy this, I fancy that, I wanna be so flash
I give a little muscle and I spend a little cash
But all I get is bitter and a nasty little rash
And by the time I'm sober I've forgotten what I've had
And everybody tells me that it's cool to be a cat
Cool for cats (cool for cats)

Shape up at the disco and I think I've got a pull
I ask her lots of questions and she hangs on to the wall
I kiss her for the first time and then I take her home
I'm invited in for coffee and I give the dog a bone
She likes to go to discos but she's never on her own
I said I'll see you later and give her some old chat
But it's not like that on the TV when it's cool for cats
It's cool for cats (cool for cats)


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Cool for Cats Lyrics as written by Glenn Martin Tilbrook Christopher Henry Difford

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  • +8
    General CommentActually there is a consistent theme here. In all four of the little stories, even the last one where the guy gets "lucky," the outcome fails to meet expectations. The corporal is going to be killed by the Indians, the villains get caught, the pub poseur has a black-out and a rash, and the disco guy (same guy as the pub poseur?) gets laid but still seems disappointed - doesn't live up to the guys on TV.

    But it's not like that on the TV
    When it's cool for cats
    It's cool for cats
    moikon August 15, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentA drunken pub-crawler meets a woman in a bar and slips her the sword, and this is a fella who fancies himself something romantic and dashing like a Brando-style tough guy or a western hero, but he's really just a drunken slob.
    CuteSparkinaon January 07, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General Commentthe lyric in this song isnt about anything in particular just a sream of consciousness. the title was taken from a canadian tv show from the 60,s of the same name.inspired by chris difford watching benny hill.
    gamboon December 31, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentGive the dog a bone....just like the AC/DC equivelant meaning
    Davey Don March 03, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentUh Comrade, to "give a dog a bone" is to fuck, it's got nothing to do with the good ol' cockney slang. "Invited in for coffee", no chance of a maybe there.
    acci_denton June 13, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWith this song "give the dog a bone," means he has sex with her. It makes sense if you read the whole of the lyrics. Squeeze is one of my favorite 80's bands.
    Celtic_FCon August 25, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe protagonist attempts to emulate heroic figures he sees on the TV, in such iconic 1970s fare as spaghetti westerns and "The Sweeney". This is what he means when he's "posing down the pub", trying to be a cool cat, as everything tells him he should be.

    Carrying these images in his head, he begins his night out by getting blind drunk in the pub on disgusting beer and then having sex with a woman even he calls a dog. It is meant to show how he is more like the unfortunates in the stories (the corporal, the criminals who are caught) than the cool cats like Davy Crockett and the likely lads at the station.

    With his drunken, misogynistic ways, the protagonist certainly doesn't come off looking too good if you look past the cocksure Cockney patter.

    The song is light-hearted and packed with cultural references to 1970s Britain/London which explains its enduring appeal.
    blobblon January 11, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is a great song, I sometimes sing this for no other reason than it makes me smile
    umpirestrikesbackon July 19, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"I'm invited in for coffee
    And I give the dog a bone"

    - For the Americans here who dont know, "The Dog and Bone" is cockney slang for phone, so give the dog a bone could mean phoned someone. But I think its a bit of double entendre, as to "bone" somebody is slang for to have sex with them (I imagine thats the same over on your side of the atlantic) and the dog could be referring to the insulting way of referring to women (I've seen enough TV to know thats the same over there) so maybe he means he had sex with the girl. Maybe.

    There is absoloutly no overall meaning to this song, so dont bother looking for one, just thought I'd explain that little bit.
    Comrade_Liaron December 08, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentJust put this little beauty on reminds you of bygone days, when coppers was bent and villains was flash. Pure London this.
    Finsbury Gooneron May 20, 2006   Link

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