Daddy Wouldn’t Buy Me a Bow-Wow


(Joseph Tabrar, 1892)

1. I love my little cat, I do
With soft black silky hair
It comes with me each day to school
And sits upon the chair
When teacher says “why do you bring
That little pet of yours?”
I tell her that I bring my cat
Along with me because

Daddy wouldn’t buy me a bow-wow! bow wow!
Daddy wouldn’t buy me a bow-wow! bow wow!
I’ve got a little cat
And I’m very fond of that
But I’d rather have a bow-wow
Wow, wow, wow, wow

2. We used to have two tiny dogs
Such pretty little dears
But daddy sold ’em ’cause they used
To bite each other’s ears
I cried all day, at eight each night
Papa sent me to bed
When Ma came home and wiped my eyes
I cried again and said, Refrain

3. I’ll be so glad when I get old
To do just as I “likes”
I’ll keep a parrot and at least
A half a dozen tykes
And when I’ve got a tiny pet
I’ll kiss the little thing
Then put it in its little cot
And on to it I’ll sing, Refrain

See also


  • Song with chords (PDF)
  • MIDI file
  • Listen to the song

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