Alligator in the House

 by Betsy and Katie Tinney;

additional lyrics by SJ Tucker

 

 

Capo iv,  play in Am (sounds in Dbm)

 

              Am                G

1. There’s an alligator in the house

          E7                      Am
A toothy grin appears beneath my chair

         Am                       G

A scaly tail goes sliding out of sight
          E7                  Am

Now it’s gone - was it ever there?
          Am                      G

Something odd has moved into the house
            E7                       Am

Reptilian tracks lead underneath our bed
             Am                        G

And all the cats are tasty, fat, and scared
          E7                  Am

Though I doubt we’ve lost any yet
 

 

         Am             G            F     E
Ch:  So what’s the big deal? Doesn’t everyone
             E7                       Am    E

     have an alligator somewhere, somehow?
         Am          G      F            E

     And maybe this one has always been here,
           E7                     Am

     but I never noticed it till now.

 

2. There’s an alligator in the house
Just caught her napping in the living room
She was dozing on the velvet couch
And the cats were sleeping there too
There’s an alligator in the house
No one seems to mind except for me
Well, at least she doesn’t eat the cats
I suspect she’d rather eat me

There’s an alligator in the pit
she is dancing wildly with the snakes
to win them over to her cause
she will do whatever it takes
They think I don’t see their little smiles
as they plan a reptilian overthrow
but I hear them talking in my dreams
they will not be sad to see me go!     (Ch)
 

(cello solo--inspired by the French opera "Carmen" by George Bizet, 1875)

 

(Spanish)  ¡Olé!  Aligator... Aligator?  ¡Ah!
 

3. I’ve begun to worry ‘bout my toes
The alligator seems to think they’re nice
I’ve counted all of them a hundred times
But I never got the same answer twice

There’s an alligator in my bed
she is not a master of disguise
just a pillow waiting for my head
soft and sweet and hungrily she lies

There’s an alligator in the house
Today she joined me for a spot of tea
She helped herself to raspberries and cream
And she didn’t leave any for me
 

Well I thought that I had seen it all
but this alligator proved me wrong
like a lady as she drank her tea
she sang to me this little song:

(Gator's       “So what’s the big deal, doesn’t everyone
 chorus):        have an alligator somewhere somehow?
                     I know that you’d miss me if you found me gone
                     though you never noticed until now!”

Ch:      So what’s the big deal, doesn’t everyone
          have an alligator somewhere somehow?
          And maybe this one has always been here
          but I never noticed it 'til now
 
 
                                Am                        G
(Tag:) There's an alligator in my head...