Russell Brand's Katy song

Russell Brand and Katy Perry have recorded a duet of Edward Lear's 1871 poem 'The Owl and the Pussycat'.

Ben Sebborn

Date published: 12th Nov 2009

Russell Brand and Katy Perry have recorded a duet.

The British comedian and his US pop star girlfriend were reportedly "messing around" in a Los Angeles studio where they recorded a version of Edward Lear's 1871 poem 'The Owl and the Pussycat'.

A source told Britain's The Sun newspaper: "Russell was just messing around in the studio with Katy.

"He was pretending to sing into the microphone and started reciting the poem, 'The Owl And The Pussycat', with the lines, 'Oh lovely Pussy! Oh Pussy my love, what a beautiful Pussy you are'."

The poem is said to be a private joke between the pair, after Russell, 34, recited it to 'I Kissed A Girl' singer Katy, 25, when they holidayed together in Thailand.

The source added: "They often use the nicknames Owl and Pussycat. Russell is 'Owl' because he's wise and, well, it's fairly obvious that Katy's a sex kitten, isn't it?

"He has an amazing delivery. Katy blushed at the line, 'O let us be married, too long have we tarried' then joined in, singing a refrain to Russell's speech.

"That's when it dawned on everyone. It was actually really good. With work, it could be a really interesting track, evocative of The Goons or Monty Python. They were very harmonious. Everyone was transfixed."

Russell has previously sung in the film 'Forgetting Sarah Marshall' in which he played rock star character Aldous Snow. A follow-up film in which he will reprise the role, 'Get Him To The Greek' - in which Katy makes a cameo appearance - is set for release in summer next year.