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Cats In The Cradle  Harry Chapin



[E]My child arrived just the o[D]ther day
[G]He came to earth in the [A]usual way
But there were [E]planes to catch, and [D]games to play
He [G]learned to walk while [A]i was away
And he was [D]talking 'fore you knew it, and as he grew
He said "I[A]'m gonna [G]be like y[E]ou, dad.  You k[A]now i'm gonna [G]be like y[E]ou."
CHORUS:
And the [E]Cats in the cradle and the [D]silver spoon

[G]Little boy blue and the [A]man in the moon

[E]When ya coming home dad, i [D]dont know when
But [A]we'll get to[G]gether [E]then, yeah, you [A]know we'll have a g[G]ood time t[E]hen.
The Chord progression along the verse and the chorus stays the same,
so here are the rest of the lyrics:

Verse 2:
My boy turned ten just the other day
he said "thanks for the ball, dad. Come on lets play
Can you teach me to throw?" I said "Not today
I've got a lot to do." He said, "that's okay."
And i walked away, but his smile never dimmed
He said "I'm gonna be like him, yeah. You know i'm gonna be like him."

CHORUS


Verse 3:
Well, he came 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

CHORUS


Verse 4:
Well 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 kid's got the flu,
But it's sure nice talking to you, dad.
It's been sure nice talking to you.
And as I hung up the phone, it occurred to me,
He'd grown up just like me.
My boy was just like me.

CHORUS


I end the song with by slowing down and picking out the last "E"
Chord one note at a time. Enjoy!

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