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"Macavity: The Mystery Cat" is a song from the stage musical Cats. It features Demeter and Bombalurina warning the Jellicles about the titular villainous cat. In the 2019 film adaptation only Bombalurina sings the song with Macavity himself joining her later.

Performers

Character Original 1981 London cast Original 1982 Broadway cast 1998 Film First London Revival cast (2014) Second London Revival cast (2015) Broadway revival cast (2016) 2019 Film
Bombalurina Geraldine Gardner Donna King Rosemarie Ford Charlene Ford Emma Lee Clark Christine Cornish Smith Taylor Swift
Demeter Sharon Lee-Hill Wendy Edmead Aeva May Zizi Strallen Anna Woodside Kim Fauré N/A
Macavity N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Idris Elba

Lyrics

[Macavity]

Macavity's a mystery cat: He's called the Hidden Paw
For he's a master criminal who can defy the law
He's the bafflement of Scotland Yard, the Flying Squad's despair
And when you reach the scene of crime Macavity's not there!

Macavity, Macavity, there's no one like Macavity
He's broken every human law, he breaks the law of gravity
His powers of levitation would make a fakir stare
And when you reach the scene of crime Macavity's not there!

You may seek him in a basement, you may look up in the air...
But I tell you once, and once again, Macavity's not there!

Macavity's a ginger cat, he's very tall and thin
You would know him if you saw him for his eyes are sunken in
His brow is deeply lined in thought, his head is highly domed
His coat is dusty from neglect, his whiskers are uncombed
He sways his head from side to side with movements like a snake
And when you think he's half asleep... he's always wide awake!

Macavity, Macavity, there's no one like Macavity
For he's a fiend in feline shape, a monster of depravity
You may meet him in a by-street, you may see him in the square
But when a crime's discovered then Macavity's not there!
He's outwardly respectable

I know he cheats at cards
And his footprints are not found in any files of Scotland Yard's
And when the larder's looted

Or the jewel case is rifled
Or when the milk is missing
Or another Peke's been stifled!
Or the greenhouse glass is broken

And the trellis past repair
There's the wonder of the thing
Macavity's not there!

Macavity, Macavity, there's no one like Macavity
There never was a cat of such deceitfulness and suavity
He always has an alibi, and one or two to spare
What ever time the deed took place Macavity's not there!

And they say that all the cats whose wicked deeds are widely known

I might mention Mungojerrie, Rumpleteazer
Griddlebone
Are nothing more than agents for the cat who all the time
Just controls the operations: the Napoleon of Crime!

Macavity, Macavity, there's no one like Macavity
He's a fiend in feline shape, a monster of depravity
You may meet him in a by-street, you may see him in the square
But when a crime's discovered then Macavity
Macavity
Macavity!
Macavity
When a crime's discovered then Macavity's not there

Macavity's a mystery cat, he's called the Hiddenpaw
For he's the master criminal who can defy the law
He's the bafflement of Scotland Yard, the Flying Squad's despair
For when they reach the scene of crime, Macavity's not there

Macavity, Macavity, there's no one like Macavity
He's broken every human law, he breaks the law of gravity
His powers of levitation would make a fakir stare
But when they reach the scene of crime, Macavity's not there

Macavity's a ginger cat, he's very tall and thin
You would know him if you saw him for his eyes are sunken in
His brow is deeply lined with thought, his head is highly domed
His coat is dusty from neglect, his whiskers are uncombed
He sways his head from side to side, with movements like a snake
And when you think he's half asleep, he's always wide awake

Macavity, Macavity, there's no one like Macavity
For he's a fiend in feline shape, a monster of depravity
You may meet him in a by-street, you may see him in the square
But when a crime's discovered, then Macavity's not there

He's outwardly respectable, I know, he cheats at cards
And his footprints are not found in any files of Scotland Yard's
And when the larder's looted and the jewel case is rifled
Or when the milk is missing or another peke's been stifled
Or the greenhouse glass is broken and the trellis past repair
There's the wonder of the thing, Macavity's not there

Macavity, Macavity, there's no one like Macavity
There never was a cat of such deceitfulness and suavity
He always has an alibi, and one or two to spare
What ever time the deed took place, Macavity wasn't there
And they say that all the cats whose wicked deeds are widely known
I might mention Mungojerrie, Rumpleteazer, Griddlebone
Are nothing more than agents for the cat who all the time
Just controls the operations, the Napoleon of Crime
Macavity, Macavity, there's no one like Macavity
He's a fiend in feline shape, a monster of depravity
You may meet him in a by-street, you may see him in the square
But when a crime's discovered, then Macavity, Macavity
Macavity, Macavity

When a crime's discovered, then
Macavity's not there

Other Appearances

  • The original London cast version was featured in the soundtrack album of the show.
  • The original Broadway cast version was featured in the soundtrack album of the show.
  • The 1998 film version was featured in the album Cats ( 1998 Film Cast Soundtrack ).
  • The 2019 film version was featured in the album Cats: Highlights From The Motion Picture Soundtrack.

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