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New Tugger "Rap" out there yet? 
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Post Re: New Tugger "Rap" out there yet?
That "new" Growltiger number!!!!?????

GOD, how it's been BUTCHERED!!!!

It even more awful than the Tugger number! What has Webber done to this number? It NEVER needed to be changed at all! It was perfect before these horrible changes! It's all "jazzy" at the start then turns into a dissonant, murky mess at the end. And the Aria was awesome, to take that away from both characters is devastating.

It's like Weber doesn't even care anymore. I also hate this more than the Tugger "rap." I want the old Growltiger back. It had so much more charm and elegance!

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Post Re: New Tugger "Rap" out there yet?
With the help of some cheeky people's videos on YouTube, I've got most of the Tugger rap written down. The ... are where I just can't figure out what he's saying. I'm not sure if there's an "and" or an "or" between "give me what I want" and "you'll get serious grief" since logically it would be "or" but he never likes what he's given so it could be "and", and I can't make it out either way :roll:

edit to add: I've just spotted on another forum that they're saying "Jelli-coolest cat" at the end so have updated to reflect that. Yikes. That is a truly dire play-on-words.

All:
The Rum Tum Tugger is a curious cat

Munkustrap:
If you offer him pheasant he would rather have grouse

Jennyanydots:
If you put him in a house then he’d much prefer a flat

Alonzo:
If you put him in a flat then he’d rather have a house

Jellylorum:
If you set him on a mouse then he only wants a rat

Munkustrap:
If you set him on a rat then he’d rather chase a mouse

All:
The Rum Tum Tugger is a curious cat
For he will do as he do do
And there’s no doing anything about it
The Rum Tum Tugger is a terrible bore

Mistoffelees:
When you let him in then he wants to be out

Mungojerrie:
He’s always on the wrong side of every door

Demeter:
And as soon as he’s at home then he likes to get about

Admetus:
He likes to lie in a bureau drawer

Munkustrap:
But he makes such a fuss if he can’t get out

All:
The Rum Tum Tugger is a curious cat
For he will do as he do do
And there’s no doing anything about it
The Rum Tum Tugger is a curious beast
His disobliging ways are a matter of habit

Skimbleshanks:
If you offer him fish then he always wants a feast

Asparagus:
If there isn’t any fish then he won’t eat rabbit

Bombalurina:
If you offer him cream then he’ll sniff and sneer

Munkustrap:
If you put it away on the larder shelf

All:
Then you’ll catch him in it right up to the ears

Tugger:
For I only like what I find for myself

Rap:
I’m a big bad cat I make my own decisions
Never try to control me cos I won’t listen
I’m a curious, furious, luxurious beast
An alleycat, a scallywag, I’m running the streets
I’m serious … on the edge of your seats
I’m a rebel on the level with a devilish streak
Uh, give me a grouse I want a pheasant
Uh, I won’t eat a mouse I’m not a peasant
You’re giving me the biggest house down south to live in
But I prefer a small flat where the rats are big and fat
Forget the flat I want a house again

All:
The Rum Tum Tugger is a curious cat

Tugger:
Uhhuh
Let me in and I wanna be out
Uhhuh
When I’m at home I wanna get about
… can’t ignore my scratchy claws
I’m always on the wrong side of every door
I’ve heard people say I’m a terrible bore
They might catch me chilling in a bureau drawer
I … when I snooze I snore
You ain’t never met a cat like me before

All:
For he will do as he do do

Tugger:
Give me a fish and I shout for a feast
Give me what I want you’ll get serious grief
Uhhuh
Give me cream and I’ll sniff and sneer
And you’ll catch me up in it right up to my ears
… I start the trouble
… don’t care for snuggles

when you’re on my fur I don’t purr I struggle
… with your sewing … there’s nothing I like more than a horrible muddle

All:
The Rum Tum Tugger is a curious cat
For he will do as he do do
And there’s no doing anything about it
The Rum Tum Tugger is a curious cat
For he will do as he do do
And there’s no doing anything
(kittens mew)
And there’s no doing anything
(kittens mew)
And there’s no doing anything about it

Tugger:
Uh, yeah
… on the mat
Rum to the tum Jellicoolest cat
Yeah, Jellicoolest cat
… Jellicoolest cat
Everybody to the left

All:
Jellicoolest cat

Tugger:
Everybody to the right

All:
Jellicoolest cat

Tugger:
From the front to the back

All:
Jellicoolest cat

Tugger:
… where it’s at

All:
Jellicoolest cat

Tugger:
… hah …


Last edited by Felidae Ryl on Wed Mar 04, 2015 6:44 am, edited 1 time in total.



Tue Mar 03, 2015 2:12 pm
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Post Re: New Tugger "Rap" out there yet?
Felidae Ryl wrote:
edit to add: I've just spotted on another forum that they're saying "Jelli-coolest cat" at the end. Yikes.
yup, and at the end of "Mr. Mistoffelees" he calls Misto the "Magi-coolest cat"

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Post Re: New Tugger "Rap" out there yet?
I hadn't spotted that, but then I can't make out any of the words in that rap.


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Post Re: New Tugger "Rap" out there yet?
it's easier to understand it in this video with Stevie as Tugger.... it's clearly "Everybody raise it up, magi-coolest cat". I don't understand the rest though.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fszVhIYxKKY

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Post Re: New Tugger "Rap" out there yet?
I am just curious about what Valerie Eliot thinks of the changes to TS Eliot's poetry, and/or the characters in the poems. Anyone know?

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Post Re: New Tugger "Rap" out there yet?
Valerie Eliot passed away in 2012 so there's no one left who could have prevented ALW from changing these songs.

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@Mortifer
I did not know that about Valerie - thanks for the info... That really is sad for both her passing, and that no single authority is left to contest the changes...

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Post Re: New Tugger "Rap" out there yet?
For any other cat, the rap idea would be a rancid pile of poop. But Rum Tum Tugger... haven't seen the rap, but I think it could actually suit him. (After all, he's the cool cat, and he always deviated from the style of the rest of CATS anyway, being more rock-ish than legit like most of the show.) I'll be seeing the production soon, so I'll wait and see. And, of course, tell you what I think. :D :-({|=

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