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Smelly Cat Medley


Phoebe Buffay Lyrics

 

Smelly Cat Medley Lyrics

Smelly Cat Medley Song Lyrics


Three, four...

Smelly Cat, Smelly Cat,
What are they feeding you?
Smelly Cat, Smelly Cat,
It's not your fault

They won't take you to the vet
You're obviously not their favorite pet
Smelly Cat, Smelly Cat,
It's not your fault

You may not be a bed of roses
You're not friend to those with noses
I'll miss you before we're done
Or the world will smell as one

Smelly Cat, Smelly Cat,
What are they feeding you?
Smelly Cat, Smelly Cat
It's not your fault

(Phoebe) Oh are we done?

One, two, what's that smell?

Smelly Cat, Smelly Cat,
What are they feeding you?
Smelly Cat, Smelly Cat
You're getting fat

I think that I'm gonna be sick
It's your ears, and nose and pick
Part of it, tempt me

One, two, what's that smell?

All the dogs in the neighborhood
Are saying this for your own good
What, you're fat, so you can't run
No fun, I bet, No fun

Smelly Cat, Smelly Cat,
Porno makes you eat like that
I saw you in the shopping mall

Smelly Cat, Smelly Cat,
It's not your fault,
Smelly Cat, Smelly Cat,
It's not your fault
Smelly Cat, Smelly Cat,
It's not your fault

We know what was in your food
They say it might affect your mood

You smell like something dead (3x)

One, two, what's that smell?

(Phoebe)Yeah, that's not the song



About

March, 12th 2024
Creation and Contributors.
The creation of "Smelly Cat" involved contributions from a few notable individuals. Friends writers Adam Chase and Betsy Borns, musician Chrissie Hynde, and Lisa Kudrow herself all played roles in its development. The song's initial concept was pitched by Chase, and its lyrics were co-written by Kudrow and Hynde, demonstrating a collaborative effort that imbued the song with its unique charm and wit.

"Smelly Cat Medley" by Phoebe Buffay and The Hairballs from the television show Friends is mire than just a comedic song; it carries layers of meaning and commentary beneath its humorous exterior. The song, performed by Lisa Kudrow's character, Phoebe Buffay, humorously laments the plight of a smelly cat, attributing its condition not to the cat itself but to the negligence of its caretakers. This catchy tune has become iconic in pop culture, celebrated for its wit and Phoebe's unique, quirky delivery​​.

The inspiration for "Smelly Cat" came from a real-life pet, initially a dog that bekonged to one of the show's writers, Betsy Borns. The decision to change the pet to a cat was made because it was deemed funnier, marking the beginning of what would become one of the most memorable elements of Friends​​. The song's creation was a collaborative effort among the show's writers, with Phoebe's performances making "Smelly Cat" a recurring theme throughout the series​​.

Beyond its surface level, "Smelly Cat" is seen as a metaphor for individuals who feel out of place or misunderstood by society. Phoebe's compassionate defense of the cat reflects her own sense of not fitting in with societal norms and her embrace of uniqueness and individuality​​. The song resonates with audiences by encouraging self-acceptance and highlighting the importance of understanding beyond superficial judgments.

The popularity of "Smelly Cat" among Friends fans was so significant that it led to the release of an extended version, "Smelly Cat Medley," on the soundtrack album Friends Again in 1999. This version, credited to Phoebe Buffay and the Hairballs, featured a compilation of excerpts from various episodes, showcasing the song's evolution and its impact on the series and its audience​​.

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