Cats In The Cradle

Harry Chapin

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 GDm
My child arrived just the other day;
 Dm7G
he came into the world in the usual way.
 GDm
But there were planes to catch, and bills to pay.
 Dm7G
   He learned to walk while I was away.
 DmDm7Dm
And he was talkin' 'fore I knew it.  And as he grew,
 DmDm7GDmDm7G
he'd say, "I'm gonna be like you, Dad.  You know I'm gonna be like you."
 GDm
And the cat's in the cradle and the silver spoon,
 Dm7G
 little boy blue and the man in the moon.
 GDm
"When you comin' home Dad?"  "I don't know when,
 DmDm7GDmDm7G
but we'll get together then, Son.  You know we'll have a good time then."
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 GDm
My son turned ten just the other day.
 Dm7G
He said, "Thanks for the ball, Dad.  Come on, let's play.
 GDm
Can you teach me to throw?"  I said, "Not today.
 D7G
I got a   lot to do."  He said, "That's okay."
 DmDm7DmDm7
And he   walked away, but his smile never dimmed.
 DmDm7GDmDm7G
It said, "I'm gonna be like him, yeah.  You know I'm gonna be like him."
 GDm
And the cat's in the cradle and the silver spoon,
 Dm7G
 little boy blue and the man in the moon.
 GDm
"When you comin' home Dad?"  "I don't know when,
 Dm7DmGDmDm7G
but we'll get together then, Son.  You know we'll have a good time then."
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 GDm
Well, he came home from college just the other day,
 Dm7G
so much like a man I just had to say,
 GDm
"Son, I'm proud of you.  Can you sit for a while?"
 Dm7G
He shook his head and he said with a smile,
 DmDm7DmDm7
"What I'd really like, Dad, is to borrow the car keys.
 DmDm7G
   See you later.  Can I have them please?"
 GDm
And the cat's in the cradle and the silver spoon,
 Dm7G
 little boy blue and the man in the moon.
 GDm
"When you comin' home Son?"  "I don't know when,
 Dm7DmGDmDm7G
but we'll get together then, Dad.  You know we'll have a good time then."
 GDmDm7GDmDm7DmG
                         (Slower)
 GDm
I've long since retired, my son's moved away.
 Dm7G
   I called him up just the other day.
 GDm
I said, "I'd like to see you if you don't mind."
 Dm7G
He said, "I'd love to, Dad, if I could find the time.
 DmDm7DmDm7
You see, my new job's a hassle and the kids have the flu,
 DmDm7GDmDm7G
but it's sure nice talkin' to you, Dad.  It's been sure nice talkin' to you."
 DmDm7DmDm7
And as I hung up the phone it occured to me,
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he'd grown up just like me. My boy was just like me.
(Tempo I)
 GDm
And the cat's in the cradle and the silver spoon,
 Dm7G
 little boy blue and the man in the moon.
 GDm
"When you comin' home Son?"  "I don't know when,
 Dm7DmGDmDm7G
but we'll get together then, Dad, we're gonna have a good time then."
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