Why didn’t anybody tell me?

23 Mar

The past week or so I’ve been doing a dog and cat themed storytime.  If there’s time, at the end, we sing this song, while pretending to pet an imaginary cat:

Soft kitty, warm kitty,

Little ball of fur,

Happy kitty, sleepy kitty,

Purr, purr, purr.

I learned this song recently from a fellow librarian.  It was completely new to me, and I thought the kids would really enjoy it!  The first time I sang it with the kids, a teacher in the back of the room looked at me in surprise.  I have subsequently had at least four other teachers crack up as soon as I started singing.  Fortunately, the first teacher told me why, so I know to expect it now.

Here’s why this song is so hilarious to the teachers:

I just want to point out that 1) I don’t watch that show (or much tv at all), and 2) THE SONG PREDATES THE SHOW!  I have it on good authority — namely the librarian who taught it to me — as she’s been singing it in storytime for years.  Plus, the tune she taught me is a little different.

But boy, is it funny to start singing a quiet, lullaby-like song and have teachers burst into laughter.  Kinda defeats the purpose of putting our kitty cats to sleep, though.

3 Responses to “Why didn’t anybody tell me?”

  1. David Schaffer June 7, 2014 at 4:57 pm #

    What were the original lyrics that you were taught? The lyrics from the Big Bang Theory are not the ones that I remember.

  2. Brianna April 12, 2010 at 10:15 pm #

    When I was little my mom always played all the old Tom Glazer “Music For 1s & 2s” type albums, and there was a song on there like this that I used to sing (kind of the same tune):

    Nice kitty, nice kitty, let me touch your fur, purr kitty, purr kitty, purr, purr, purr.

    I *love* Big Bang Theory, so when that song came on in the episode I kind of had a little freak out about it! I used the BBT version in a storytime once though, and the parents got a kick out of it! 🙂

  3. Susan March 23, 2010 at 10:34 pm #

    Oh that’s too funny! I’ve sung this song in storytime before too. Now it’s all ruined for me though….

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