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Harry Chapin - Cat's in the Cradle

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Cat's in the Cradle

My child arrived just the other day
He came to the world in the usual way
But there were planes to catch and bills to pay
He learned to walk while I was away
And he was talkin' 'fore I knew it, and as he grew
He'd say "I'm gonna be like you, dad
You know I'm gonna be like you"
 
And the cat's in the cradle and the silver spoon
Little boy blue and the man on the moon
"When you comin' home dad?"
"I don't know when, but we'll get together then, son
You know we'll have a good time then."
 
My son turned ten just the other day
He said, "Thanks for the ball, Dad, come on let's play
Can you teach me to throw", I said "Not today
I got a lot to do", he said, "That's ok"
And he walked away but his smile never dimmed
And said, "I'm gonna be like him, yeah
You know I'm gonna be like him"
 
And the cat's in the cradle and the silver spoon
Little boy blue and the man on the moon
"When you comin' home dad?"
"I don't know when, but we'll get together then, son.
You know we'll have a good time then."
 
Well, he came home from college just the other day
So much like a man I just had to say
"Son, I'm proud of you, can you sit for a while?"
He shook his head and said with a smile
"What I'd really like, dad, is to borrow the car keys
See you later, can I have them please?"
 
And the cat's in the cradle and the silver spoon
Little boy blue and the man on the moon
"When you comin' home, son?"
"I don't know when, but we'll get together then, dad.
You know we'll have a good time then."
 
I've long since retired, my son's moved away
I called him up just the other day
I said, "I'd like to see you if you don't mind"
He said, "I'd love to, dad, if I can find the time
You see my new job's a hassle and the kids have the flu.
But it's sure nice talking to you, dad.
It's been sure nice talking to you."
 
And as I hung up the phone it occurred to me
He'd grown up just like me
My boy was just like me
 
And the cat's in the cradle and the silver spoon
Little boy blue and the man on the moon
"When you comin' home, son?"
"I don't know when, but we'll get together then, dad.
We're gonna have a good time then."
 
Thanks!
thanked 2 times
Submitted by sorvarisorvari on Tue, 26/07/2011 - 22:17
Last edited by FlopsiFlopsi on Sun, 24/05/2020 - 14:09
Submitter's comments:

Video added upon request by SilentRebel83 on 11/03/12.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat%27s_in_the_Cradle

 

Comments
TrampGuyTrampGuy    Sun, 04/11/2012 - 02:05

Not adding the video to such song, does wrong by it, imo. This song packs so much emotion that just can't be conveyed by the text alone - personally, it brings me to tears. Sad smile
Here's a link, if you're interested - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUwjNBjqR-c.

TrampGuyTrampGuy    Sun, 04/11/2012 - 13:23

Thanks, I hope sorvari is ok with it too.

yurigagarinyurigagarin    Sun, 27/05/2018 - 21:22

And the cat's in the cradle and the silver spoon
Little boy blue and the man on the moon
When you comin' home dad?
I don't know when, but we'll get together then son
You know we'll have a good time then

In the last two instances of the chorus, he doesn't say "dad", it's "When you comin' home, son"

Also, this verse:
You see my new job's a hassle and kids have the flu

Is missing a "the" before "kids"

malucamaluca    Sun, 27/05/2018 - 21:40

Corrected. Regular smile

BurgholdBurghold    Tue, 18/05/2021 - 19:25

Official lyrics say "man in the moon"

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