♫ What’s New Pussycat? ♫

Every evening, I take a couple of hours for ‘family time’ between supper and around 10:00, when I return to working on the blog, emails, etc.  For no discernible reason, this evening during family time, this song popped into my head and took a brutal choke-hold, not willing to give me a moment’s peace.

While I love Tom Jones, and find that this song is upbeat and always brings a smile to my face, it wasn’t what I had on the docket for tonight.  But alas, since I’d like to be able to sleep once in a while without having Mr. Jones pecking away at the inner workings of my mind, I shall exorcise the tune here and now!

This was written by Burt Bacharach for Peter Sellers’ character in the movie What’s New Pussycat?  Said Bacharach …

“It was an instrumental first and then words were put on it.  I think if you’ve got a theme like ‘What’s New Pussycat?’ and that music comes from watching Peter Sellers and his craziness in that movie and you’re trying to make it that way and out words to it. Then you get Tom Jones to sing it, you get lucky. Here was a theme, which was basically an instrumental, and if it’s a good melody you’ll always fit words.”

Burt Bacharach knew he had the chops to convey the right tone in the song, and convinced Jones to do it.  According to Tom Jones …

“When I first heard it I thought, Christ! What the bloody hell do they want me to sing this for? But Burt Bacharach explained, I want the big voice to sing this bloody crazy song, and you put it on, it’s a classic.”

And so he did, and so it was.

What’s New Pussycat?
Tom Jones

What’s new pussycat ? Woah, woah
What’s new pussycat ? Woah, woah
Pussycat, pussycat
I’ve got flowers
And lots of hours
To spend with you
So go and powder your cute little pussycat nose!
Pussycat, pussycat
I love you
Yes, I do!
You and your pussycat nose!

What’s new pussycat? Woah, woah
What’s new pussycat? Woah, woah

Pussycat, pussycat
You’re so thrilling
And I’m so willing
To care for you
So go and make up your cute little pussycat face!
Pussycat, pussycat
I love you
Yes, I do!
You and your pussycat face!

What’s new pussycat? Woah, woah
What’s new pussycat? Woah, woah

Pussycat, pussycat
You’re delicious
And if my wishes
Can all come true
I’ll soon be kissing your sweet little pussycat lips!
Pussycat, pussycat
I love you
Yes, I do!
You and your pussycat lips!
You and your pussycat eyes!
You and your pussycat nose!

Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Hal David / Burt Bacharach
What’s New Pussycat? lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

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