Ted Nugent - "Cat Scratch Fever" - Live at Midnight Special 1978 (HD Remastered)




The song is well known for its signature riff, which is a 3-tone minor-key melody harmonized in parallel fourths. In 2009, it was named the 32nd best hard rock song of all time by VH1.


"Cat Scratch Fever" is a rock song by Ted Nugent that appears on the album of the same name.

The album was released on May 13, 1977, by Epic Records. Vocalist Derek St. Holmes, who had left the band during the recording of the album Free-for-All, had come back for touring in 1976 and was again the principle lead singer on this album.


The tune was covered by Pantera for Detroit Rock City's CD soundtrack. Their version peaked at 40 on the Mainstream Rock chart. Nugent criticized the version claiming, "It was exceedingly white. No soul, no balls, no feel. Caucasian all the way."



Lyrics


Well I don't know where they come from

But they sure do come

I hope they comin' for me

And I don't know how they do it but they sure do it good

I hope they doin' it for free


They give me cat scratch fever

Cat scratch fever


The first time that I got it

I was just ten years old

I got it from some kitty next door

I went and see the Dr. and he gave me the cure

I think I got it some more


They give me cat scratch fever

Cat scratch fever


I got a bad cat scratch fever

Cat scratch fever


It's nothin' dangerous I feel no pain

I've got to ch-ch-change

You know you got it when you're going insane

It makes a grown man cryin' cryin'

Won't you make my bed


I make the pussy purr with the stroke of my hand

They know they gettin' it from me

They know just where to go

When they need their lovin' man

They know I do it for free


I give 'em cat scratch fever

Cat scratch fever

They got it bad scratch fever

Cat scratch fever


Cat scratch fever

Cat scratch fever

Cat scratch fever


Cat scratch fever

Cat scratch fever

Cat scratch fever



Songwriters: Ted Nugent

Cat Scratch Fever lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc




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