Young Sheldon Reveals Origin of The Big Bang Theory’s Beloved “Soft Kitty” Song

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People who watch The Big Bang Theory should be familiar with “Soft Kitty.” For those who are unfamiliar, it is a song that the character Sheldon finds comfort from, which is a fact that was established in the first season. This happened when Penny sang the song for him when he caught a cold. Since that time, “Soft Kitty” has made a number of further appearances in the series, whether because someone is seeking to comfort Sheldon or because Sheldon is seeking to comfort someone else. As a result, “Soft Kitty” has become one of the better-known elements of The Big Bang Theory, so much so that the series held a contest for fans of the franchise to see who could make the most entertaining version of their own.

How Did “Soft Kitty” Become So Important to Sheldon?

With that said, since “Soft Kitty” has become such a well-known component of The Big Bang Theory, it should come as no surprise to learn that there is a fair amount of interest in how the song came to become so important to Sheldon. Recently, this was revealed in Young Sheldon, which is the spin-off centered around Sheldon when he was still a child.

In short, the incident turned out to be exactly what most people would have expected based on the initial mention of the song’s importance to the character. The episode featured Sheldon falling ill from the flu, which is always a miserable experience. As a result, his mother helped to care for him by putting a compress on his head before singing “Soft Kitty” to him, which explains why Sheldon sees it as a source of comfort when he is an adult.

Where Did “Soft Kitty” Come From In Real Life?

At this point, some people might be curious about how “Soft Kitty” came to be in real life. For starters, it should be mentioned that “Soft Kitty” isn’t original to The Big Bang Theory but came from other sources. For example, it has been claimed that the tune for the song comes from the tune of a Polish lullaby, which was very popular when it started seeing widespread use in the 18th century. Meanwhile, the words to the song are supposed to have come from a woman named Edith Newlin, who actually wrote them as the words for “Warm Kitty” rather than “Soft Kitty.” As a result, it is interesting to note that the song has been sung in series even before The Big Bang Theory, though it should be mentioned that the order of “soft kitty” and “warm kitty” are reversed in them.

Speaking of which, The Big Bang Theory was actually sued by the heirs of Edith Newlin in 2015. Their claim was that they were the ones who held the copyright to the song, whereas The Big Bang Theory had secured the rights to use the song from Willis Music, which had published the song based on a poem that had been written by Edith Newlin. In the end, the claim went nowhere for the simple reason that the judge stated that the heirs of Edith Newlin failed to prove that they were the ones to hold the copyright, which is why the case is no longer an issue for the people behind The Big Bang Theory.

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