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Cats In The Cradle  Harry Chapin

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My [G]child arrived just the [Dm]other day;
he [Dm7]came into the world in the [G]usual way.
But there were [G]planes to catch, and [Dm]bills to pay.
[Dm7]  He learned to walk while I [G]was away.
And he was [Dm]talkin' 'fore I [Dm7]knew it.  And [Dm]as he grew,
he'd say, "[Dm]I'm gonna [Dm7]be like [G]you, Dad.  You [Dm]know I'm gonna [Dm7]be like [G]you."
And the [G]cat's in the cradle and the [Dm]silver spoon,
[Dm7]little boy blue and the [G]man in the moon.
"[G]When you comin' home Dad?"  "I [Dm]don't know when,
but [Dm]we'll get to[Dm7]gether then[G], Son.  You [Dm]know we'll have a [Dm7]good time [G]then."
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My [G]son turned ten just the [Dm]other day.
He said, "[Dm7]Thanks for the ball, Dad.  Come [G]on, let's play.
Can you [G]teach me to throw?"  I said, "[Dm]Not today.
I got a [D7]  lot to do."  He said, "[G]That's okay."
And he [Dm]  walked a[Dm7]way, but his [Dm]smile never [Dm7]dimmed.
It said, "[Dm]I'm gonna [Dm7]be like [G]him, yeah.  You [Dm]know I'm gonna [Dm7]be like [G]him."
And the [G]cat's in the cradle and the [Dm]silver spoon,
[Dm7]little boy blue and the [G]man in the moon.
"[G]When you comin' home Dad?"  "I [Dm]don't know when,
but [Dm7]we'll get to[Dm]gether then[G], Son.  You [Dm]know we'll have a [Dm7]good time [G]then."
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Well, he [G]came home from college just the [Dm]other day,
so [Dm7]much like a man I just [G]had to say,
"Son, I'm [G]proud of you.  Can you [Dm]sit for a while?"
He [Dm7]shook his head and he [G]said with a smile,
"What I'd [Dm]really like, [Dm7]Dad, is to [Dm]borrow the ca[Dm7]r keys.
[Dm]  See you [Dm7]later.  Can I [G]have them please?"
And the [G]cat's in the cradle and the [Dm]silver spoon,
[Dm7]little boy blue and the [G]man in the moon.
"[G]When you comin' home Son?"  "I [Dm]don't know when,
but [Dm7]we'll get to[Dm]gether then[G], Dad.  You [Dm]know we'll have a [Dm7]good time [G]then."
[G]     [Dm]  [Dm7]   [G]  [Dm]     [Dm7]  [Dm]   [G]  (Slower)
I've [G]long since retired, my [Dm]son's moved away.
[Dm7]  I called him up just the [G]other day.
I said, "I'd [G]like to see you if [Dm]you don't mind."
He said, "I'd [Dm7]love to, Dad, if I could [G]find the time.
You see, my [Dm]new job's a [Dm7]hassle and the [Dm]kids have the f[Dm7]lu,
but it's [Dm]sure nice [Dm7]talkin' to [G]you, Dad.  It's been [Dm]sure nice [Dm7]talkin' to [G]you."
And as I [Dm]hung up the [Dm7]phone it [Dm]occured to m[Dm7]e,
Dm7 Dm G(no 3rd) Dm Dm7 G
he'd grown up just like me. My boy was just like me.
(Tempo I)
And the [G]cat's in the cradle and the [Dm]silver spoon,
[Dm7]little boy blue and the [G]man in the moon.
"[G]When you comin' home Son?"  "I [Dm]don't know when,
but [Dm7]we'll get to[Dm]gether then[G], Dad, we're [Dm]gonna have a [Dm7]good time [G]then."
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