Persian Cat

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Introduction by Jimmy Flemion


The feeling one gets after stroking a persian cat is utterly otherworldly. And so it was on June 11, 1986 I wrote the third song on side two of The Frogs First LP "Persian Cat". Being born under the sign of Leo my identification and appreciation of cats is solidified. I've always liked persian cats' visuals. Cat Stevens was given his name by a girl who said that he had eyes like a cat. The 'How I love to pet her fur" lyric in the song is upwrong or rather downright sexy.<br&>

The chord progression for the verses is E Major / D b minor. The chorus chord progression is G b minor / G b minor 9 / G b minor / E Major / G b minor / G b minor 9 / G b minor / B Major. The middle eight chord progression is E major / E Major 7 / E 7 / A Major / C Major / E major / E major 7 / E 7 / A major / C major / A Major / C Major / B Major. The song ends on a E sus 4 / E Major pull off chord. Here are the two original drafted lyrics before they were altered in favor of the final LP version's lyrics. The first draft was the inspiration of the song written on April 6, 1986. The second draft was written on June 11, 1986.<br&>

1st Draft Lyrics


I always wake up next to you<br&> Sometimes I think I'm seeing things<br&> I always wake up in the nude<br&> I'm always up at dawn<br&>

Your eyes are like a persian cats'<br&> Your mouth always says this and that<br&>

Persian cat, Persian cat<br&> I have a picture in my mind<br&> Of a girl who would make me happy<br&> 'Til the end of time<br&> And she looks like a persian cat<br&>

You can't stand being uglier than me<br&> And I can't stand being prettier than you<br&> Yet you make the sun melt like glacier stew<br&> You're that how that's why I dig you<br&>

So if you're nice and if you're good<br&> You'll beg for me like you know you should<br&>

2nd Draft Lyrics


Persian cat<br&> She makes me meow forever<br&> Persian cat<br&> She makes me meow forever<br&>

And when she goes away (astray)<br&> You know (that) I just can't purr<br&> And when she comes back<br&> I've (I) got (love) to pet her fur<br&>

She loves to purr<br&> And how I love to pet her fur<br&> She loves to purr<br&>

With her marble eyes<br&> She can see through any night<br&> How I love her<br&>

Album Lyrics


persian cat<br&> she makes me meow forever<br&> persian cat<br&> she makes me meow meow meow<br&>

forever, i want to stay with you<br&> forever, i want to be with you<br&>

persian cat<br&> she makes me meow forever<br&> persian cat<br&> she makes me meow meow meow<br&>

forever, i want to stay with you<br&> forever, i want to be with you<br&>

she loves to purr<br&> and how i love to pet her fur<br&> she loves to purrr<br&> with her marble eyes<br&> she can see through any night<br&> how i love herrrrr<br&>

persian cat<br&> she makes me meow forever<br&> persian cat<br&> she makes me meow me ow ow ow ow<br&>

forever, i want to stay with you<br&> forever, i want to be with you<br&>

Notes


The track "Persian Cat" contains bass guitar played by myself-bass lines written by Dennis, drums written by Dennis and played by the drum machine, keyboards written and played by Dennis, acoustic guitars played by myself and double-tracked vocals by myself. The middle eight section phase shifting was Dennis' idea ala "Itchycoo Park" by The Small Faces. I've always love this song and the beauty of the middle eight is breathtaking. You can lose your faculties picturing yourself running your fingers through a persian cat's hair at that point in all your glory.<br&>