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CATS IN THE CRADLE  Harry Chapin



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My [A]child arrived just the [C]other day;
he [D]came into the world in the [A]usual way.
But there were [A]planes to catch, and [C]bills to pay.
[D]  He learned to walk while I [A]was away.
And he was [G]talkin' 'fore I [G/F#]knew it.  And [Em7]as he grew[Em/D]
he'd say, "[C]I'm gonna [Em/B]be like [A]you, Dad.  You [C]know I'm gonna [Em/B]be like [A]you."
And the [A]cat's in the cradle and the [G]silver spoon,
[C]little boy blue and the [D]man in the moon.
"[A]When you comin' home Dad?"  "I [G]don't know when,
but [C]we'll get to[Em/B]gether then[A], Son.  You [C]know we'll have a [Em/B]good time [A]then."
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My [A]son turned ten just the [C]other day.
He said, "[D]Thanks for the ball, Dad.  Come [A]on, let's play.
Can you [A]teach me to throw?"  I said, "[C]Not today.
I got a [D]  lot to do."  He said, "[A]That's okay."
And he [G]  walked a[G/F#]way, but his [Em7]smile never [Em/D]dimmed.
It said, "[C]I'm gonna [Em/B]be like [A]him, yeah.  You [C]know I'm gonna [Em/B]be like [A]him."
And the [A]cat's in the cradle and the [G]silver spoon,
[C]little boy blue and the [D]man in the moon.
"[A]When you comin' home Dad?"  "I [G]don't know when,
but [C]we'll get to[Em/B]gether then[A], Son.  You [C]know we'll have a [Em/B]good time [A]then."
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Well, he [A]came home from college just the [C]other day,
so [D]much like a man I just [A]had to say,
"Son, I'm [A]proud of you.  Can you [C]sit for a while?"
He [D]shook his head and he [A]said with a smile,
"What I'd [G]really like, [G/F#]Dad, is to [Em7]borrow the ca[Em/D]r keys.
[C]  See you [Em/B]later.  Can I [A]have them please?"
And the [A]cat's in the cradle and the [G]silver spoon,
[C]little boy blue and the [D]man in the moon.
"[A]When you comin' home Son?"  "I [G]don't know when,
but [C]we'll get to[Em/B]gether then[A], Dad.  You [C]know we'll have a [Em/B]good time [A]then."
[F]     [G]  [Em]   [A]  [F]     [G]  [Em]   [A]  (Slower)
I've [A]long since retired, my [C]son's moved away.
[D]  I called him up just the [A]other day.
I said, "I'd [A]like to see you if [C]you don't mind."
He said, "I'd [D]love to, Dad, if I could [A]find the time.
You see, my [G]new job's a [G/F#]hassle and the [Em7]kids have the f[Em/D]lu,
but it's [C]sure nice [Em/B]talkin' to [A]you, Dad.  It's been [C]sure nice [Em/B]talkin' to [A]you."
And as I [G]hung up the [G/F#]phone it [Em7]occured to m[Em/D]e,
C Em/B A(no 3rd) C Em/B A
he'd grown up just like me. My boy was just like me.
(Tempo I)
And the [A]cat's in the cradle and the [G]silver spoon,
[C]little boy blue and the [D]man in the moon.
"[A]When you comin' home Son?"  "I [G]don't know when,
but [C]we'll get to[Em/B]gether then[A], Dad, we're [C]gonna have a [Em/B]good time [A]then."
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