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Cats In The Cradle  Harry Chapin

e----5-5---5s7-5-3-3-|----0-------------|  e---------------------------|


B--3-----------------|--3---3-3-----5-3-|  B---------------------------|


G--2-----------------|--2-------2s5-----|  G�2s7-5---------------------|

D--0-----------------|--0---------------| D-------7-5-----------------|
A--------------------|------------------| A-----------7---7-5-----7-5-|
E--------------------|------------------| E-------------------5s8-----|
My [Dsus2]child arrived just the [Cadd9]other day,
[G]he came into the world in the u[Dsus2]sual way
But there were [Dsus2]planes to catch, and bi[Cadd9]lls to pay
[G]  He learned to walk while I [Dsus2]was away.
And he was [C]talkin' before I[C/B] knew it [Am7]and as he gr[Am/G]ew
He sai[C/B]d, "I'm gonna be like y[Dsus2]ou, Dad, you k[C/B]now I'm gonna be like y[Dsus2]ou."
Chorus
And the [Dsus2]cat's in the cradle and the [C]silver spoon,
[F]little boy blue and the [G]man in the moon.
[Dsus2]When you comin' home Dad?  I d[C]on't know when,
but we[Am7]'ll get together t[Dsus2]hen, Son
You k[Am7]now we'll have a good time t[Dsus2]hen

Riff 1

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 okay."
And he walked away, but his smile never dimmed.
It said, "I'm gonna be like him, yeah. You know I'm gonna be like him."

Repeat Chorus

Riff 1

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 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?"

Repeat Chorus

[Bb---]      [C]  [Am7]    [Dsus2]                                                                                
Bb--- C Am7 Dsus2---Dsus2---Dsus2---


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 could find the time.
You see, my new job's a hassle and the kids have the flu,
but it's sure nice talkin' to you, Dad. It's been sure nice talkin' to you."
And as I hung up the phone it occured to me,
he'd grown up just like me. My boy was just like me.

Outro Chorus

And the cat's in the cradle and the silver spoon,
little boy blue and the man in 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."

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