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For the original rock 'n' roll song, see The Rum Tum Tugger (Rock song).

"The Rum Tum Tugger" is a hip hop number about the Street Cat version of Rum Tum Tugger. It was introduced in 2014 to replace the original rock 'n' roll version of the song, which Andrew Lloyd Webber called "boring and outdated".

It is adapted from the original song, but has significant lyric changes, a rap section and an additional dance break. Elements of the original music remain with a heavy squared beat underscoring the lyrics. It ends with Tugger proclaiming himself the "Jelli-coolest Cat".

History[]

This version of "The Rum Tum Tugger" was used between 2014 and 2016 in the following productions: both London Palladium runs, the 2015 Blackpool production, the 2015 Paris revival (translated into French), the 2016 Australia/New Zealand tour and the 2016 UK/Europe tour.

The lyrics were mainly adapted from the original song, itself based on the poem of the same name from T S Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats (1939). The new rap verses were written by Antoine Murray-Straughan, who also originated the role of Street Cat Tugger.

Lyrics[]

Tugger:
Me-ow.

Ensemble:
The Rum Tum Tugger is a curious cat

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

Jennyanydots:
If you put him in a house he would 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

Ensemble:
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

Ensemble:
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:
When 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

Ensemble:
Then you'll catch him in it right up to the ears

Tugger:
For I only like what I find for myself

I'm a big bad cat, I make my own decisions
Never try to control me 'cause I won't listen
I'm a furious, curious, luxurious beast
An alley cat, a scally-wag, I'm running the streets
I'm serious, you're hearing this on the edge of your seats
I'm a rebel on a level with a devilish streak

You give me a grouse, I want a pheasant
You give me 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 and kittens!

Ensemble:
The Rum Tum Tugger is a curious cat
Uh huh!

Tugger:
Let me in and I wanna be out
(Ensemble: Uh huh!)
When I'm at home, I wanna get about
I doubt you can 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
Catching Z's when I please, when I snooze and snore
For sure never met a cat like me before

Ensemble:
For he will do
As he do, do

Tugger:
Give me a fish and I'll shout for a feast
Give me what I want or you'll get serious grief
(Ensemble: Uh huh!)
Give me cream and I'll sniff and sneer
But you'll catch me in it right up to my ears
I'm artful and knowing, I start the trouble
I'm going and I'm growing on you quicker than stubble
I don't want cuddles, don't care for snuggles
When you rub my fur I don't purr, I struggle
Jump on you when you're sewing, now your task is double
There's nothing I like more than a horrible muddle

Ensemble:
The Rum Tum Tugger is a curious cat
For he will do
As he do, do
And there's no doing anything about it!

(dance break)

Ensemble:
The Rum Tum Tugger is a curious cat
For he will do
As he do, do

Tugger:
And there's no doing anything...
And there's no doing anything...
And there's no doing anything about it

Drop crotch and my hat switched back
Straight out the 'hood with a fresh new rap
I'm about to put this thing on the map
Rum to the Tum, Jellicoolest cat

Let me hear ya?
(Ensemble: Jellicoolest cat!)
Let me hear ya?
(Ensemble: Jellicoolest cat!)
Everybody to the left
(Ensemble: Jellicoolest cat!)
Everybody to the right
(Ensemble: Jellicoolest cat!)
From the front to the back
(Ensemble: Jellicoolest cat!)
Jellicoolest's where it's at
(Ensemble: Jellicoolest cat!)
Jellicoolest cat
(Ensemble: Jellicoolest cat!)
Jellicoolest cat
(Ensemble: Jellicoolest cat!)

International Versions[]

Audio[]

Note: .ogg files cannot be played on iOS devices

  • "The Rum Tum Tugger" snippet from the 2014 London revival (bootleg audio)

  • "The Rum Tum Tugger" snippet from the 2016 UK tour (bootleg audio)

  • "The Rum Tum Tugger" snippet in French from the 2016 Paris revival (bootleg audio)

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