Nat King Cole – Ballad Of Cat Ballou Lyrics

-artists: nat king cole and stubby kaye

-words by mack david and music by jerry livingston

-title song from the 1965 film starring jane fonda, lee marvin (who
won an oscar

-for his dual role as a drunken lawman and his counterpart, outlaw
kid sheleen)

-cole and kaye, as strolling minstrels, functioned as a greek
chorus, commenting

-on the action (? )

Well now friends just lend an ear

For you’re now about to hear

The ballad of cat ballou

It’s a song that’s newly made

And professus and the shade

And the sunrise kid are singin’ it for you

Cat ballou, cat ballou

It’s a hangin’ day in wolf city, wyomin’

Wolf city, wyomin’, eighteen ninety four

They’re gonna drop cat ballou

Through the gallows floor

She killed a man in wolf city, wyomin’

Wolf city, wyomin’, killed a man it’s true

And that is why they’re a-hangin’

Hangin’ cat ballou

She has the smile of an angel

(fights like the devil)

The eyes of an angel

(bites like the devil)

The face of an angel

(I say she’s the devil)

(she’s mean and evil through and through)

Cat ballou, cat ball-ou-ou-ou

She’s mean and evil through and through

With her outlaw band they’re now tellin’ a story

Now tellin’ a story how she rode the plain

The wildest gal in the we-est

Since calamity jane

And today’s the day that she’s goin’ to glory

She’s goin’ to glory for the way she sinned

They’ll be a-speedin’ her soul

On a wayward wind

She has the smile of an angel

(fights like the devil)

The eyes of an angel

(bites like the devil)

The face of an angel

(I say she’s the devil)

(she’s mean and evil through and through)

Cat ballou (cat ballou)

Cat ball-ou-ou-ou (cat ballou)

She’s mean and evil through and through

Cat ballou, cat ball-ou-ou-ou

She’s mean and evil through and through

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