Cat Food / Groon (Single)

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Originally released: 1970


  • Robert Fripp (guitar, mellotron, and devices)
  • Greg Lake (vocals)
  • Michael Giles (drums)
  • Peter Giles (bass)
  • Keith Tippett (piano)
  • Mel Collins (saxes and flute)
  • Peter Sinfield (words)



(Note: click on title for lyrics)

Side A:

Side B:

  • 3'30 Groon


All words by Peter Sinfield.

Cat Food

Lady Supermarket with an apple in her basket
Knocks in the manager's door;
Grooning to the muzak from a speaker in shoe rack
Lays out her goods on the floor;
Everything she's chosen is conveniently frozen.
"Eat it and come back for more!"

Lady Window Shopper with a new one in the hopper
Whips up a chemical brew;
Croaking to a neighbour while she polishes a sabre
Knows how to flavour a stew.
Never need to worry with a tin of 'Hurri Curri':
"Poisoned especially for you!"

No use to complain
If you're caught out in the rain;
Your mother's quite insane.
Cat food   cat food   cat food   again.

Lady Yellow Stamper with a fillet in a hamper
Dying to finish the course;
Goodies for the table with a fable on the label
Drowning in miracle sauce.
Don't think I am that rude if I tell you that it's cat food,
"Not even fit for a horse!"

© 1970 EG Records Ltd.
Published by EG Music Ltd 1970.


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Entire Release

Date Submitted: 29-Apr-03
By: Richard Ilett (Richard.Ilett at rnib dot org dot uk )

"What an all time classic single! These two tracks are amongst the highlights of the Poseidon sessions. I've always been surprised that they never made it on as bonus tracks to the definitive remaster of Poseidon but there you go. Quality wise they are up there with the best work of the early Crim.

"Cat Food: For those familiar with the Poseidon mix, this one will seem cruelly curtailed. It cuts out just before Keith Tippett's spidery piano starts to crawl all over the song which is a shame... but this is a single after all and the edit makes sense from that point of view. This single mix sounds a lot punchier with the vocals mixed higher and with additional reverb on the voice and some guitar. I personally prefer it to the version on Poseidon.

"Groon: A fabulous slice of improvising Crimson, always seeming to teeter on the edge of complete collapse and consequently achieving a great fizzing tension. It was a live favourite for the 71/2 band but nothing surpasses the 3 minutes or so of this perfectly formed studio original. Groon also marks the final appearance of Giles Giles and Fripp, they are the only players here. Looked at from this perspective, it marks an advancement from the improvised sounding section of GG&F's Erudite Eyes. And reminds me what a great bass player Peter Giles is and what an unbelievably fine drummer Mike Giles is.

"All in all a great little snippet of early Crimson, it's a shame that no attempt has been made to preserve this little gem (I know Groon has surfaced on some crimso retrospectives but this is where it belongs, in context). Oh yes - the cover art is great too!!"