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"Cats" and all related things are the property of Andrew Lloyd Webber, The Really Useful Group, and related parties. Lyrics are taken from and based off "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats" and other poems by T.S. Eliot, with additions by Trevor Nunn and Richard Stilgoe. No copyright infringement is intended.
The Old Gumbie Cat
Sung by: Quaxo, Jellylorum and Bombalurina, and Jennyanydots (London)
Munkustrap, Jellylorum, Bombalurina and Cassandra, and Jennyanydots (Broadway)
Munkustrap, Jellylorum, Bombalurina and Demeter, and Jennyanydots (Australia, Video)
Original London Cast
Original Broadway Cast
Original Australian Cast
Video
I have a Gumbie Cat in mind, her name is Jennyanydots:
Her coat is of the tabby kind, with tiger stripes and leopard spots
All day she sits upon the stair or on the step or on the mat:
She sits and sits and sits and sits - and that's what makes a Gumbie Cat!
That's what makes a Gumbie Cat.


But...
When the day's hustle and bustle is done,
Then the Gumbie Cat's work is but hardly begun.
And when all the family's in bed and asleep,
She tucks up her skirts to the basement to creep.
She is deeply concerned with the ways of the mice

Their behaviour's not good and their manners not nice:
So when she has got them lined up on the matting
She teaches them

Music, crocheting and tatting

I have a Gumbie Cat in mind, her name is Jennyanydots:
Her equal would be hard to find, she likes the warm and sunny spots
All day she sits beside the hearth or on the bed or on my hat:
She sits and sits and sits and sits - and that's what makes a Gumbie Cat!
That's what makes a Gumbie Cat.


But...
When the day's hustle and bustle is done,
Then the Gumbie Cat's work is but hardly begun.
And she finds that the mice will not ever keep quiet;
She is sure it is due to
irregular diet

And believing that nothing is done without trying
She sets right to work with her baking and frying
She makes them a mouse-cake of bread and dried peas

And a beautiful fry of lean bacon and cheese.

[scat solo]

I have a Gumbie Cat in mind, her name is
Jennyanydots:
The curtain-cord she likes to wind and tie it into sailor knots.
She sits upon the window sill or anything that's smooth and flat:
She sits and sits and sits and sits - and that's what makes a Gumbie Cat!
That's what makes a Gumbie Cat.


But...
When the day's hustle and bustle is done
Then the Gumbie Cat's work is but hardly begun
She thinks that the cockroaches
need employment
To prevent them from idle and wanton destroyment

So she's formed, from that lot of disorderly louts,
A troop of well disciplined helpful boy-scouts

With a purpose in life and a good deed to do
And she's even created a beetles "tattoo".

["Beetles Tattoo" dance solo]

So for old Gumbie cats let us now give three cheers
On whom well-ordered households depend, it appears,
Three cheers, three cheers, three cheers!

For she's a jolly good fellow!


Thank you my dears!
I have a Gumbie Cat in mind, her name is Jennyanydots:
Her coat is of the tabby kind, with tiger stripes and leopard spots
All day she sits beneath the stairs or on the steps or on the mat:
She sits and sits and sits and sits - and that's what makes a Gumbie Cat!
That's what makes a Gumbie Cat.


But...
When the day's hustle and bustle is done,
Then the Gumbie Cat's work is but hardly begun.
And when all the family's in bed and asleep,
She tucks up her skirts to the basement to creep.
She is deeply concerned with the ways of the mice

Their behaviour's not good and their manners not nice:
So when she has got them lined up on the matting
She teaches them

Music, crocheting and tatting

I have a Gumbie Cat in mind, her name is Jennyanydots:
The curtain-cord she likes to wind and tie it into sailor knots.
She sits upon the window sill or anything that's smooth and flat:
She sits and sits and sits and sits - and that's what makes a Gumbie Cat!
That's what makes a Gumbie Cat.


But...
When the day's hustle and bustle is done
Then the Gumbie Cat's work is but hardly begun
She thinks that the cockroaches
need employment
To prevent them from idle and wanton destroyment

So she's formed, from that lot of disorderly louts,
A troop of well disciplined helpful boy-scouts

With a purpose in life and a good deed to do
And she's even created a beetles "tattoo".

["Beetles Tattoo" dance solo]

For she's a jolly good fellow!

Thank you my dears!
I have a Gumbie Cat in mind, her name is Jennyanydots:
Her coat is of the tabby kind, with tiger stripes and leopard spots
All day she sits beneath the stairs or on the steps or on the mat:
She sits and sits and sits and sits - and that's what makes a Gumbie Cat!
That's what makes a Gumbie Cat.


But...
When the day's hustle and bustle is done,
Then the Gumbie Cat's work is but hardly begun.
And when all the family's in bed and asleep,
She tucks up her skirts to the basement to creep.
She is deeply concerned with the ways of the mice

Their behaviour's not good and their manners not nice:
So when she has got them lined up on the matting
She teaches them

Music, crocheting and tatting

I have a Gumbie Cat in mind, her name is Jennyanydots:
The curtain-cord she likes to wind and tie it into sailor knots.
She sits upon the window sill or anything that's smooth and flat:
She sits and sits and sits and sits - and that's what makes a Gumbie Cat!
That's what makes a Gumbie Cat.


But...
When the day's hustle and bustle is done
Then the Gumbie Cat's work is but hardly begun
She thinks that the cockroaches
need employment
To prevent them from idle and wanton destroyment

So she's formed, from that lot of disorderly louts,
A troop of well disciplined helpful boy-scouts

With a purpose in life and a good deed to do
And she's even created a beetles "tattoo".

["Beetles Tattoo" dance solo]

For she's a jolly good fellow!

Thank you my dears!
I have a Gumbie Cat in mind, her name is Jennyanydots:
Her coat is of the tabby kind, with tiger stripes and leopard spots
All day she sits beneath the stair or on the steps or on the mat:
She sits and sits and sits and sits - and that's what makes a Gumbie Cat!
That's what makes a Gumbie Cat.


But...
When the day's hustle and bustle is done,
Then the Gumbie Cat's work is but hardly begun.
And when all the family's in bed and asleep,
She tucks up her skirts to the basement to creep.
She is deeply concerned with the ways of the mice

Their behaviour's not good and their manners not nice:
So when she has got them lined up on the matting
She teaches them

Music, crocheting and tatting

I have a Gumbie Cat in mind, her name is Jennyanydots:
The curtain-cord she likes to wind and tie it into sailor knots.
She sits upon the window sill or anything that's smooth and flat:
She sits and sits and sits and sits - and that's what makes a Gumbie Cat!
That's what makes a Gumbie Cat.


But...
When the day's hustle and bustle is done
Then the Gumbie Cat's work is but hardly begun
She thinks that the cockroaches
just need employment
To prevent them from idle and wanton destroyment

So she's formed, from that lot of disorderly louts,
A troop of well disciplined helpful boy-scouts

With a purpose in life and a good deed to do
And she's even created a beetles "tattoo".

["Beetles Tattoo" dance solo]

Squad salute!

For she's a jolly good fellow!

Thank you my dears!
Notes

First off - yes, the liner notes for the London CD only list Bombalurina and Jellylorum as part of the "Gumbie Trio". I'm not sure if this is an error or not - it sounds to *me* like there could be another singer singing that just.. didn't get listed... but I could be wrong, of course. (Also - the Australian CD didn't list who sings what song, so I had to guess.)
There have been several variations on the "Beetles Tattoo" dance solo over the years. I'm particularly fond of the early London versions, which had Quaxo participate in a dance off against Jennyanydots :) The 2014 London revival had different choreography and music; it was pretty impressive and quite fun to watch (unlike the other alterations they made..), although it ended a little abruptly, as I recall. There are probably other small variations on it between versions, too. Unfortunately, like some of the other dance solos, this sequence was shortened quite a bit in the video version (although not quite as much as "Mr. Mistoffelees" was); if parts of it seemed awkwardly edited to you, that's why. Sadly, like with "Mr. Mistoffelees", all of the CDs cut down the music for this part of the song, too - again, for time constraints.
Apparently some foreign (non-English) productions replace the brief strain of "Rule, Britannia!" with their own national anthem (/patriotic song); I believe the original Paris production was one such production.