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"Jellicle Song for Jellicle Cats" is the first full production number in Cats.  In it, the Cats introduce the audience to the concept of Jellicle Cats.

SummaryEdit

The number starts with Demeter caught in car headlights, which startles her and she runs for cover. Gradually, one by one, the entire tribe pop up and add their voice what it means to be a Jellicle cat. The number builds into a full song and dance routine showcasing Gillian Lynne's amazing choreography. The number moves through several sections at varying paces, including the iconic "Pyramid" pose as the ensemble gathers as a choir, only to have a massive boot thrown at them, scattering the Cats back into action.  

As this is the first number in the show, various featured cats are present in their "chorus" costumes.  Rum Tum Tugger is probably the most recognizable, as he still wears his black and gold unitard. However, he has legwarmers covering his spotted ankles and lacks his mane, wearing instead a shorter, simpler wig.  Old Deuteronomy wears a grey tabby costume, often resembling a less detailed Munkustrap. Grizabella's chorus costume ("Babygriz") consists of grey with brown markings. She can be hard to spot in the ensemble, but often is the cat to carry the boot offstage.  Asparagus, the chorus identity of the actor who plays both Gus and Bustopher Jones, gets a moment in the spotlight at the end of the song as he stops the action when he spots a man who's not heard of a Jellicle Cat.

VideoEdit

CATS - 1981 London (Original Cast) - Prologue Jellicle Songs for Jellicle Cats01:10

CATS - 1981 London (Original Cast) - Prologue Jellicle Songs for Jellicle Cats

Clip of Original London Cast, 1981

CATS - Berlin 2002 - Prolog Jellicle Songs Für Jellicle Cats06:59

CATS - Berlin 2002 - Prolog Jellicle Songs Für Jellicle Cats

Berlin 2002 - in German

CATS Jellicle Songs for Jellicle Cats - Moscow07:12

CATS Jellicle Songs for Jellicle Cats - Moscow

Moscow - 2006


LyricsEdit

Are you blind when you're born?
Can you see in the dark?
Dare you look at a king?
Would you sit on his throne?

Can you say of your bite
that it's worse than your bark?
Are you cock of the walk
when you're walking alone?

Because Jellicles are and Jellicles do
Jellicles do and Jellicles would
Jellicles would and Jellicles can
Jellicles can and Jellicles do

When you fall on your head, do you land on your feet?
Are you tense when you sense there's a storm in the air?
Can you find your way blind when you're lost in the street?
Do you know how to go to the Heaviside Layer?

Because Jellicles can and Jellicles do
Jellicles do and Jellicles can
Jellicles can and Jellicles do
Jellicles do and Jellicles can
Jellicles can and Jellicles do

Can you ride on a broomstick to places far distant?
Familiar with candle, with book and with bell?
Were you Whittington's friend? The Pied Piper's assistant?
Have you been an alumnus of heaven or hell?

Are you mean like a minx? Are you lean like a lynx?
Are you keen to be seen when you're smelling a rat?
Where you there when the pharaohs commissioned the Sphinx?
If you were and you are, you're a Jellicle cat

Jellicle songs for Jellicle cats
Jellicle songs for Jellicle cats
Jellicle songs for Jellicle cats
Jellicle songs for Jellicle cats
Jellicle songs for Jellicle cats

We can dive through the air like a flying trapeze
We can turn double somersaults, bounce on a tire
We can run up the wall, we can swing through the trees
We can balance on bars, we can walk on a wire

Jellicles can and Jellicles do
Jellicles can and Jellicles do
Jellicles can and Jellicles do
Jellicles can and Jellicles do

Jellicle songs for Jellicle cats
Jellicle songs for Jellicle cats
Jellicle songs for Jellicle cats
Jellicle songs for Jellicle cats

Can you sing at the same time in more than one key
Duets by Rossini and waltzes by Strauss?
And can you, as cats do, begin with a 'C'
That always triumphantly brings down the house?

Jellicle cats are queens of the nights
Singing at astronomical heights
Handling pieces from the Messiah
Hallelujah, angelical choir!

The mystical divinity of unashamed felinity
Round the cathedral rang "Vivat!"
Life to the everlasting cat!
Feline, fearless, faithful and true
To others who do what

Jellicles do and Jellicles can
Jellicles can and Jellicles do
Jellicle cats sing Jellicle chants
Jellicles old and Jellicles new
Jellicle song and Jellicle dance

Jellicle songs for Jellicle cats
Jellicle songs for Jellicle cats
Jellicle songs for Jellicle cats
Jellicle songs for Jellicle cats

Practical cats, Dramatical cats
Pragmatical cats, Fanatical cats
Oratorical cats, Delphic-Oracle cats
Skeptical cats, Dyspeptical cats

Romantical cats, Pedantical cats
Critical cats, Parasitical cats
Allegorical cats, Metaphorical cats
Statistical cats and Mystical cats

Political cats, Hypocritical cats
Clerical cats, Hysterical cats
Cynical cats, Rabbinical cats

Jellicle songs for Jellicle cats
Jellicle bells that Jellicles ring
Jellicle sharps and Jellicle flats
Jellicle songs that Jellicles sing

Jellicle songs for Jellicle cats
Jellicle songs for Jellicle cats
Jellicle songs for Jellicle cats
Jellicle songs for Jellicle cats
Jellicle songs for Jellicle cats

There's a man over there with a look of surprise,
As much as to say, "Well now how about that!"
Do I actually see, with my own very eyes
A man who's not heard of a Jellicle cat?

What's a Jellicle cat? What's a Jellicle cat?


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