a moral to this song

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January 26th, 1969 (Apple Studio): While Paul, George, and Ringo work on the arrangement for ‘Octopus’s Garden’, John teases Paul and Linda’s daughter Heather about her new pets.

HEATHER: We’ve got some baby kittens only about that big—

JOHN: Are you going to eat them?


JOHN: Lots of people do, you know. I don’t, I mean.

HEATHER: Kittens that have just been born yesterday, or a few days—

PAUL: On toast? On toast?

JOHN: You put pastry around them, and then you have cat pie.

HEATHER: A few days they were just born, weren’t they?

JOHN: Oh, you’d better wait a week or two before you eat them.

HEATHER: No, I’m never going to eat them!

JOHN: Aren’t you? Well, that’s very good.

HEATHER: And then we took the grown-ups, and one of them’s beautiful, like this Daddy cat. It’s got a big black spot there—

JOHN: Oh, you don’t eat them if they have black spots.

HEATHER: The other one’s like a tiger.

JOHN: You don’t eat them if they’re like tigers, are they?

HEATHER: You don’t eat any cats! They don’t taste good. [general laughter] And anyway, I’m just a pussycat who was just born.

JOHN: Are you?

PAUL: Okay, pussycat.

JOHN: There’s a good dog. Puss. 

HEATHER: Stop keep – stop keep calling me “dog”, I’m a cat.

JOHN: Okay, cat.

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