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The Cat's in the cradle

  • Words & music Harry Chapin

    The child was born the other day
    He came to the world in the usual way
    There were planes to catch and bills to pay
    He learned to walk when I was away
    And he was talking before I knew it, and as he grew
    He said, I'm gonna be like you, Dad, I'm going to be like you

    1st chorus:
    The cat's in the cradle and the silver spoon
    Little boy blue and the man in the moon
    When you're coming home, Dad? - I don't know when
    But we'll get together then, Son, we'll have a good time then

    My son turned ten the other day
    He said, Thanks for the ball, Dad, come on, let's play
    Will you teach me to throw? I said, Not today
    I've got a lot to do. He said, That's O. K.
    As he walked away his smile never dimmed; he said
    I'm gonna be like him, I'm going to be like him

    1st chorus

    Then he came from college the other day
    So much like a man that I had to say
    Son, I'm proud of you, will you sit for a while?
    He shook his head and he said with a smile
    What I'd really like, Dad, is to borrow the car keys
    See you later, can I have them please?

    2nd chorus:
    The cat's in the cradle and the silver spoon
    Little boy blue and the man in the moon
    When you're coming home, Son? - I don't know when
    But we'll get together then, Dad, we'll have a good time then"

    Now I've 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 could find the time
    See, my new job's a hassle, the kids had the flu
    But it's sure nice talking to you, Dad
    Sure nice talking to you

    2nd chorus:

    As I hung up the phone it occurred to me
    My boy was just like me
    He'd grown up just like me

    As sung by Iain MacKintosh

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