• Song:

    Skimbleshanks The Railway Cat

  • Artist:

    Jesus Christ Superstar

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SONG: Skimbleshanks: The Railway Cat
ARTIST: Andrew Lloyd Webber

From the musical, Cats


E (022100@1)  C#m/E    F#m7/E    B/E   
E (022100@1)  C#m/E    F#m7/E    B/E

E  C#m/E  F#m7/E  B/E   
Skimbleshanks the 
E (022100@1)C#m/E  F#m7/E    B/E   
Railway Cat, 
    E (022100@1)        B7/E  F#m/E   
the Cat of the Railway 
E (022100@1)  C#m/E    F#m7/E    B/E   
          E (022100@1)              B/D# (x2544x@1)   C#m (x13321@4)        E/B (443121@4)
There's a whisper down the line at eleven thirty nine
         A (x02220@1)          D/A (x00232@1) A (x02220@1)  EWhen (022100@1)the Night Mail's ready to depart
         F#m/E             B7/E  
Saying, "Skimble, where is Skimble?
       E+2              E/B (443121@4)
Has he gone to hunt the thimble?
        Abm (133111@4)           A (x02220@1)   A/B (002520@1) EWe (022100@1)must find him or the train can't start"

E (022100@1)                B/D# (x2544x@1)
All the guards and all the porters
        C#m (x13321@4)            E/B (443121@4)
And the station master's daughters
         A (x02220@1)       D/A (x00232@1)A (x02220@1) A/E (002220@1) E (022100@1) 
Would be searching high and low
        F#m (244222@1)            B7/E          E+2/B          E/B (443121@4)
Saying "Skimble where is Skimble for unless he's very nimble
         Abm (133111@4)      A (x02220@1)  A/B (002520@1) EThen (022100@1)the night mail just can't go."

E (022100@1)                      G/E (020003@1)      F#m/E  
At eleven forty two with the signal overdue
        E (022100@1)            G/E (020003@1)        F#m/E   E (022100@1)
And the passengers all frantic to a man
       A (x02220@1)            E/G# (143121@4)       F#m11          E/G# (143121@4)
That's when I would appear and I'd saunter to the rear
         A (x02220@1)         E/G# (143121@4)  F#m11
I'd been busy in the luggage van!

B7 (x21202@1)E (022100@1)      B/D# (x2544x@1)       C#m (x13321@4)       E/B (443121@4)
Then he gave one flash of his glass green eyes
        A (x02220@1)    D/A (x00232@1) A (x02220@1) A/E (002220@1) E (022100@1)
And the signal went "All Clear!"
          F#m/E  B7/E         E+2/B    E/B (443121@4)       Abm (133111@4)    A (x02220@1)A/B (002520@1)  
They'd be off at last for the northern part of the Northern Hemi

E (022100@1) C#m/E  F#m7/E   
B/E  E (022100@1)C#m/E   
the Railway 
F#m7/E    B/E   
    E (022100@1)        B/E  A/E (002220@1)E (022100@1)  C#m/E    F#m7/E   
The Cat of the Railway Train
B/E       E (022100@1)             B/D# (x2544x@1)       C#m (x13321@4)         E/B (443121@4)
You could say that by and large it was me who was in charge
       A (x02220@1)      D/A (x00232@1)  
Of the Sleeping Car 
A (x02220@1)E (022100@1)            F#m/E          B7/E          E+2/B          E/B (443121@4)
Express, from the driver and the guards to the bagmen playing cards
        Abm (133111@4)          A (x02220@1) A/B (002520@1)   EI (022100@1)would supervise them all more or less

E (022100@1)         B/D# (x2544x@1)      C#m (x13321@4)          E/B (443121@4)
Down the corridor he paces and examines all the faces
       A (x02220@1)               D/A (x00232@1)A (x02220@1)      A/E (002220@1) E (022100@1)
Of the travellers in the first and the third
      F#m/E       B7/E      E+2/B     E/B (443121@4)
He establishes control by a regular patrol
         Abm (133111@4)           A (x02220@1)A/B (002520@1)    EAnd (022100@1)he'd know at once if anything occurred

E (022100@1)                              G/E (020003@1)    A7/E     F#m/E  
He would watch you without winking and he saw what you were thinking
         R       A7/E    G/E (020003@1)     F#m/E    A7/E    E (022100@1) 
And it's certain that he didn't approve
     A (x02220@1)        E/G# (143121@4)      F#m (244222@1)          E/G# (143121@4)
Of hilarity and riot so the folk were very quiet
     A (x02220@1)          E/G# (143121@4)          F#m11
When Skimble was about and on the move

B7 (x21202@1)E (022100@1)     B/D# (x2544x@1)      C#m (x13321@4)  E/B (443121@4)
You could play no pranks with Skimbleshanks!
       A (x02220@1)      D/A (x00232@1)    A (x02220@1) A/E (002220@1) E (022100@1)
He's a cat that cannot be ignored
   F#m/E        B7/E         E+2/B    E/B (443121@4) 
So nothing went wrong on the Northern Mail
     Abm (133111@4)  A (x02220@1)    A/B (002520@1)E6When (04xxxx@1)Skimbleshanks was aboard

E6 (04xxxx@1)E (022100@1)         Bm7 (x20202@1)                E (022100@1)                Bm7 (x20202@1)
It was very pleasant when they'd found their little den
           E (022100@1)          Bm7With (x20202@1)their name written up on the door. 
Woo! Woo!

E (022100@1)            Bm7And (x20202@1)the berth was very neat with a newly folded sheet
And not a speck of dust upon the floor

E (022100@1)           Bm7There (x20202@1)was every sort of light
You could make it dark or bright
And a button you could turn to make a breeze
Woo! Woo!

E (022100@1)          Bm7And (x20202@1)a funny little basin you're supposed to wash your face in
And a crank to shut the window should you sneeze

A (x02220@1)             D (xx0232@1)                G (320003@1)          E (022100@1)
Then the guard looked in politely and would ask you very brightly,
        A (x02220@1)                           E"Do (022100@1)you like your morning tea weak or strong?"
    A (x02220@1)          E/G# (143121@4)           F#m7 (131141@2)     E/G# (143121@4)
But I was just behind him and was ready to remind him
    A (x02220@1)               E/G# (143121@4)      F#m7(2 (131141@2)bars)
For Skimble won't let anything go wrong

E (022100@1)     B/D# (x2544x@1)   C#m (x13321@4)E/B (443121@4)      A (x02220@1)           D/A (x00232@1)A (x02220@1)A/E (002220@1) E (022100@1)
When they crept into their cosy berths and pulled up the counterpane
     A/B (002520@1)       B7 (x21202@1)                Esus2/B  E/B (443121@4)
They all could reflect that it was very nice
   A/B (002520@1)          B7 (x21202@1)        Esus2/B         E/B (443121@4)
To know that they wouldn't be bothered by mice
           A/B (002520@1)     B7 (x21202@1)            Esus2/B  E (022100@1)
They could leave all that to the Railway Cat
    Abm (133111@4)      A (x02220@1) A/B (002520@1)EThe (022100@1)Cat of the Railway Train

F (133211@1) Dm/F  Gm7/F   
C/F (x4111x@5)F (133211@1)Dm/F   
the Railway 
Gm7/F    C/F (x4111x@5) 
    F (133211@1)        C7/F  Gm/F   
The Cat of the Railway 
F (133211@1)  Dm/F    Gm7/F    C/F (x4111x@5) 
       F (133211@1)            C/E (x3111x@5)       Dm (xx0231@1)             F (133211@1)
In the watches of the night I was always fresh and bright
      Bb (x1333x@1)             Eb/Bb (x43121@3)Bb (x1333x@1)   FEvery (133211@1)now and then I'd have a cup of tea
        Gm/F           C7/F               F+2            F (133211@1)
With perhaps a drop of scotch while I was keeping on the watch
     Am (x02210@1)              Bb (x1333x@1)     Bb/C    FOnly (133211@1)stopping here and there to catch a flea

F (133211@1)            C/E (x3111x@5)     Dm (xx0231@1)          F (133211@1)
They were fast asleep at Crewe and so they never knew
           Bb (x1333x@1)    Eb/Bb (x43121@3)Bb (x1333x@1)     FThat (133211@1)I was walking up and down the station
          Gm/F             C7/F        Fsus2 (xx1341@3)     F (133211@1)
They were sleeping all the while I was busy at Carlisle
        Am (x02210@1)            Bb (x1333x@1)   Bb/C  FWhere (133211@1)I met the station master with elation

F (133211@1)                     Ab/F           Gm7/F  
They might see me at Dumfries if I summoned the police
             F (133211@1)           Ab/F           Gm/F   F (133211@1)
If there was anything they ought to know about
          Bb (x1333x@1)         F/A (x03211@1)           Gm7             F/A (x03211@1)
When they got to Gallowgate there they did not have to wait
    Bb (x1333x@1)                F/A (x03211@1)            Gm7/11
For Skimbleshanks would help them to get out!

C7 (x32310@1)C13 (x32335@1)C7 (x32310@1)
And he 
F (133211@1)         C/E (x3111x@5)       Dm (xx0231@1)       F (133211@1)
gives you a wave of his long brown tail
      Bb (x1333x@1)                FWhich (133211@1)says "I'll see you again!
       Gm/F         C7/F        Fsus2 (xx1341@3)  F (133211@1)
You'll meet without fail on the Midnight Mail
    Am7 (x02010@1)      Bb (x1333x@1)Bb/C  FThe (133211@1)Cat of the Railway Train!"

F (133211@1) C/E (x3111x@5) Dm (xx0231@1) F (133211@1) Bb (x1333x@1)name="chord_133211@1">F
Gm/F   C7/F   F

Am7 (x02010@1)      Bb (x1333x@1)Bb/C  F(2 (133211@1)bars)
The Cat of the Railway Train
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