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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.
Old Deuteronomy
Sung by: Quaxo, Munkustrap, George, Old Deuteronomy and The Company (London)
Munkustrap and The Rum Tum Tugger, Old Deuteronomy and The Company (Broadway, Australia)
Quaxo, Coricopat and Tantomile, Munkustrap and The Rum Tum Tugger, Old Deuteronomy and The Company (Video)
Original London Cast
Original Broadway Cast
Original Australian Cast
Video
Old Deuteronomy's lived a long time;
He's a cat who has lived many lives in succession
He was famous in proverb and famous in rhyme
A long while before Queen Victoria's accession


Old Deuteronomy's buried nine wives
And more - I am tempted to say, ninety-nine;
And his numerous progeny prospers and thrives
And the village is proud of him in his decline.


At the sight of that placid and bland physiognomy,
As he sits in the sun on the vicarage wall
The oldest inhabitant croaks:

Well of all...things...Can it be...really!...
Yes!...No!...Ho! Hi!...Oh, my eye!
My mind may be wandering, but I confess
I believe it is Old Deuteronomy!


[Instrumental]

Old Deuteronomy sits in the street,
He sits in the High Street on market day;
The bullocks may bellow, the sheep they may bleat,
But the dogs and the herdsmen will turn them away.


The cars and the lorries run over the kerb,
And the villagers put up a notice: "ROAD CLOSED" -
So that nothing untoward may chance to disturb
Deuteronomy's rest when he feels so disposed.


The digestive repose of that feline's gastronomy
Must never be broken, whatere may befall!

And the oldest inhabitant croaks:

Well of all...things...Can it be...really!...
Yes!...No!...Ho! Hi!...Oh, my eye!
My mind may be wandering, but I confess
I believe it is Old Deuteronomy!


Well of all things...Can it be...really!
Yes!...No!...Ho! Hi!...Oh my eye!
My legs may be tottery, I must go slow
And be careful of Old Deuteronomy!

Macavity!

I believe it is Old Deuteronomy

Well of all...things...Can it be...really!...
No!...Yes!...Ho! Hi!...Oh, my eye!
My mind may be wandering, but I confess
I believe it is Old Deuteronomy!

Old Deuteronomy's lived a long time;
He's a cat who has lived many lives in succession
He was famous in proverb and famous in rhyme
A long while before Queen Victoria's accession


Old Deuteronomy's buried nine wives
And more - I am tempted to say, ninety-nine;
And his numerous progeny prospers and thrives
And the village is proud of him in his decline.


At the sight of that placid and bland physiognomy,
When he sits in the sun on the vicarage wall
The oldest inhabitant croaks:


Well of all...things...Can it be...really!...
No!...Yes!...Ho! Hi!...Oh, my eye!
My mind may be wandering, but I confess
I believe it is Old Deuteronomy!


Well of all...things...Can it be...really!...
No!...Yes!...Ho! Hi!...Oh, my eye!
My mind may be wandering, but I confess
I believe it is Old Deuteronomy!

Well of all...things...Can it be...really!...
No!...Yes!...Ho! Hi!...Oh, my eye!
My mind may be wandering, but I confess
I believe it is Old Deuteronomy!

Well of all...things...Can it be...really!...
No!...Yes!...Ho! Hi!...Oh, my eye!
My legs may be tottery, I must go slow
And be careful of Old Deuteronomy!

I believe it is Old Deuteronomy

Well of all...things...Can it be...really!...
No!...Yes!...Ho! Hi!...Oh, my eye!
My mind may be wandering, but I confess
I believe it is Old Deuteronomy!

Old Deuteronomy's lived a long time;
He's a cat who has lived many lives in succession
He was famous in proverb and famous in rhyme
A long while before Queen Victoria's accession


Old Deuteronomy's buried nine wives
And more - I am tempted to say, ninety-nine;
And his numerous progeny prospers and thrives
And the village is proud of him in his decline.


At the sight of that placid and bland physiognomy,
As he sits in the sun on the vicarage wall
The oldest inhabitant croaks:


Well of all...things...Can it be...really!...
No!...Yes!...Ho! Hi!...Oh, my eye!
My mind may be wandering, but I confess
I believe it is Old Deuteronomy!


Well of all...things...Can it be...really!...
No!...Yes!...Ho! Hi!...Oh, my eye!
My mind may be wandering, but I confess
I believe it is Old Deuteronomy!

Well of all...things...Can it be...really!...
No!...Yes!...Ho! Hi!...Oh, my eye!
My mind may be wandering, but I confess
I believe it is Old Deuteronomy!

Well of all...things...Can it be...really!...
No!...Yes!...Ho! Hi!...Oh, my eye!
My legs may be tottery, I must go slow
And be careful of Old Deuteronomy!

Old Deuteronomy?

I believe it is Old Deuteronomy

Well of all...things...Can it be...really!...
Yes!...No!...Ho! Hi!...Oh, my eye!
My mind may be wandering, but I confess
I believe it is Old Deuteronomy!

Old Deuteronomy's lived a long time;
He's a cat who has lived many lives in succession
He was famous in proverb and famous in rhyme
A long while before Queen Victoria's accession


Old Deuteronomy's buried nine wives
And more - I am tempted to say, ninety-nine;
And his numerous progeny prospers and thrives
And the village is proud of him in his decline.


At the sight of that placid and bland physiognomy,
When he sits in the sun on the vicarage wall
The oldest inhabitant croaks:


Well of all...things...Can it be...really!...
Yes!...No!...Ho! Hi!...Oh, my eye!
My mind may be wandering, but I confess
I believe it is Old Deuteronomy!


Well of all...things...Can it be...really!...
Yes!...No!...Ho! Hi!...Oh, my eye!
My mind may be wandering, but I confess
I believe it is Old Deuteronomy!

Well of all...things...Can it be...really!...
Yes!...No!...Ho! Hi!...Oh, my eye!
My mind may be wandering, but I confess
I believe it is Old Deuteronomy!

Well of all...things...Can it be...really!...
Yes!...No!...Ho! Hi!...Oh, my eye!
My legs may be tottery, I must go slow
And be careful of Old Deuteronomy!

Notes

I'm *pretty sure* I listed the singers correctly for the London version. I'm not the best at picking out voices, but I did my best ^^; I'm not sure who sings the "I believe it is Old Deuteronomy" line in the Broadway or Australia versions, sorry.