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Written for the eponymous cat found by my erstwhile roommate. The first verse and chorus were adapted from an email that she sent to me after finding the cat, naming him, and asking me to write a song about him, despite that I was living on another continent at the time and had not yet seen him. This was originally an unlisted, hidden track on the initial CD release, but I'm not going to hide it here.

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Kitty is a boy, maybe three pounds worth
Cute, gray tabby with white hazel eyes
Blue fingernail polished claws
Captured in the underbelly of a dirty, green Lincoln
Halibut likes to lay in a baby sling
While I walk Ms. Spot
Will eventually be scooter trained
Maybe with a pretty little helmet

Also... happy birthday, I found us a kitty

Traveling through the fabric of space-time magic
I'm trying to understand what can't be understood
Like an orchid express or a river made of ice
Like all the stupid things from my long-forgotten life
In another world, in the abstract heavens
I look back on the middle of an old empire
What do I see, but two friends and me
Sitting in some room with a shattered-glass head

Kitty is a reincarnated angel
Sent here to save us from the falling sky
Posing as a feline, he'll guide us on our way
Through folly and vice and our great ambition
Resurrect the past to start things anew
Leave the old behind and hope for the best
This cat may just lay under our embracing gaze
But when he looks back, he knows what is to come

credits

from Post Rock Country, released July 6, 2009

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