PUSSY CAT, PUSSY CAT
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Formation: Single circle, facing the center. One child, the "Pussy Cat," is in the center.
Measures (6/8 time, 2 strong counts per meas.; i.e., 1-2 = 4 counts)
1 – 2 Pussy Cat, Pussy Cat, where have you been?
3 – 4 I've been to London, to see the Queen.
5 – 6 Pussy Cat, Pussy Cat, what did you there?
7 – 8 I frightened a little mouse, under her chair!
9 -16 Tra-la-la, tra-la,-la, la, la, la, la, etc.
1 – 2 All sing question to Pussy Cat, shaking forefingers at her;
3 – 4 Pussy Cat walks around in a dignified manner, ending with a bow or curtsy;
5 – 6 All question Pussy Cat, walking toward her;
7 – 8 Pussy Cat pounces at the group, chasing them back into the circle;
9 -16 Children in circle join hands and walk eight slow steps to the right, then eight to the left, singing, while Pussy Cat chooses and changes places with a new center player.
Note: This singing game is very old, going back at least to the early 16th century. The Queen referred to is probably Elizabeth I of England and the incident is supposed to be true. Many variations developed, such as: