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Artist:

Harry Chapin

 

Song Title:

Cat's in the Cradle

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Rank:

1   

Year:

1974  

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 That's why I toss the ball in the cul-de-sac with my son every weekend
  

Lyrics:

 ^ 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 dad, I don't know when, but we'll get together then son
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 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 dad, I don't know when, but we'll get together then son
You know we'll have a good time then
 
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