Well, I remember as it were a meal ago

Said Tommy the Cat as he reeled back to clear whatever foreign matter
May have nestled its way into his mighty throat
Many a fat alley rat had met its demise while staring point blank down
The cavernous barrel of this awesome prowling machine
Truly a wonder of nature this urban predator
Tommy the Cat had many a story to tell
But it was a rare occasion such as this that he did

She came slidin' down the alleyway like butter drippin' off a hot biscuit
The aroma, the mean scent, was enough to arouse suspicion in even the
Oldest of tigers that hung around the hot spot in those days
The sight was beyond belief
Many a head snapped for double--even triple--takes as this vivacious
Feline made her her way into the delta of the alleyway where the most
Virile of the young tabbies were known to hang out

They hung in droves
Such a multitude of masculinity could only be found in one place
And that was O'Malley's Alley

The air was thick with cat calls (no pun intended)
But not even a muscle in her neck did twitch as she sauntered up into
The heart of the alleyway
She knew what she wanted
She was lookin' for that stud bull
She was looking for that he cat
And that was me

Tommy the Cat is my name and I say unto thee

Say, baby, do you want to lay down with me?
Say, baby, do you want to lay down by my side?
Ah, baby, do you want to lay down with me?
Say, baby?
Say, baby?

Lyrics submitted by knate15

"Tommy the Cat" as written by Reid L. Iii Lalonde Les Claypool

Lyrics © Downtown Music Publishing, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.

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  • +7
    General CommentActually, my dad had pretty good take on this song. Its about an old man past his prime recalling the days of his peak virility. He recalls how good of a predator he was, and about how he didn't have to go looking for women, they come to him. My father says the double entendre of the song was very popular during the early jazz boom. Great way to talk about boinking without either being crude, or blatantly obvious about it.
    RProseuson December 30, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThat is, of course, the king of American songwriting himself, Tom Waits doing the voice of Tommy the Cat. This song is awesome. It means nothing at all.
    PJ_DMBon March 07, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is fairly difficult to pull off on a four-string bass. It's a lot easier to play on a six-string... However, on the "Suck on This" version of the song, Les didn't own a six-string. Must've been pretty easy for him... fucker.
    tapandslapon May 15, 2005   Link
  • +1
    MemoryEverytime our bass player became cocky, we'd put on this song in the rehearsals. Shut him right up :D
    LittleCon June 30, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song, is, AMAAAZING
    Jondude11on April 25, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song does mean something. I think its a take on The Arisocats becasue the main cat in the movie was Tom o'Malley. And i beleave there was an O'malleys alley.
    BobJoeSuckawitson March 10, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAlso,Nick Cave uses O'Malleys references a lot on his album "murder Ballads".This song is awesome,it reminds me of "jesus built my hotrod" by ministry,saying as both these tracks have alternate vocalists.They both rock too!
    Razormasticatoron April 10, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenteverytime i hear this song i cant help but laugh, its so awesome, and funny
    AreYouMad?????????on September 27, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthis writing style is insane i love it his stories are unique and so bizzare i love it
    gtralisfr96on October 01, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI read somewhere (Primus fan site) that there was an old children's story/nursery rhyme called "Tom O'Malley Cat".
    MyNameIsMudon November 10, 2004   Link

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