There Was a Boy | Catman Cohen

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"My childhood happened to be the happiest time of my life. This song originated in my yearning for innocent days lost and regrets over wrong choices.

I really wanted to capture the quality of pure innocence that is the hallmark of boyhood and fortunately my producer/arranger, James Lum, suggested his son, Matthew, represent the voice of Catman as a child. There is no doubt that, if this song elicits tears, typically, they begin to flow upon first hearing Matthew's angelic singing voice."

____Catman Cohen (2009)

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About the artist

Catman Cohen is the mysterious, controversial creator of the music trilogy, "The Catman Chronicles," a collection of songs that have themes related to life, death, and dreams. Described as Post-Decadence Rock, Cohen's songs spring from a foundation of social activism, primarily in calling for a resurrection of neglected heroes (e.g., nurses, paramedics, teachers, firemen, universal peace-keepers, environmentalists, human rights activists, animal rights activists, etc.); a plea for assistance to those without adequate food or health care; and a cry for urgent remedial efforts to preclude an imminent fresh water crisis.

Very little is known about Catman Cohen. To date, his only publicity consists of shadow photos and his official bio excludes data such as birthdate, birthplace, and other personal details. He believes artists MUST step into the background in order that society can shift its spotlight onto various key vocations (especially nursing) that are in crisis. He turns down interviews, instead requesting that a list of social activist friends be considered in his place, stating that they have more urgent things to say about the world than anything he might offer.

Cohen's extremely deep, bullfrog singing voice has drawn comparisons to various artists, particularly Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, and Barry White. It is that strange unusual singing voice that forms the fulcrum within his CD's, featuring guest performances by she-males, Goths, and other atypical entertainers.

Lyrics

There was a boy
Playing on a swing
Deep in love with life
Loving everything

And he'd speak to God
When all alone
Making deals with God
'Bout his dreams and hopes

When the night would fall
And he'd lie in bed
Listening to the tunes
Playing in his head

And the boy made a wish,
Prayed to God up high
"Let me write a song
Makes the whole world cry
Let me write a song
So tender, sad, and sweet
The kind of song
Drops men to their knees."

Nowhere near a man
He didn't understand...

That to write a song
Makes the whole world cry
Have to hold the hand
Of a friend who dies
Hear your brother curse your name
Watch your mother fade away
While crooks steal your gold
Suffer years being alone

Nowhere near a man
He didn't understand...

That to write a song
Makes the whole world cry
Have to fall in love
Then be denied
Meet hopeless kids
Raised in cruel neglect
Hear animals scream
Tortured half to death

There was a boy
Prayed to God up high
"Let me write a song
Makes the whole world cry
Let me write a song
Tender, sad, and sweet
The kind of song
Drops men to their knees."

If I could reach that boy
Before it gets too late
Warn him there are wishes
You should never make

But that boy was me
And it's far too late
Wrote this song in tears
Wrote this song in pain

And now I'm a man
And now I understand
So torn up inside
Just want to cry

I want to cry,... cry... cry
Oh, God, I want to cry
I want to cry