Cat in the Cradle

Cat in the Cradle
by Harry Chapin

A child arrived just the other day,
He came to the world in the usual way,
But there were planes to catch and bills to pay,
He learned to walk while I was away.
And he was talking 'fore I knew it, and as he grew
He said, I'm gonna to be like you, Dad,
You know I'm gonna to be like you.

And the cats in the cradle and the silver spoon,
Little Boy Blue and the Man in the Moon,
When you coming home Dad? I don't know when,
but we'll get together then,
You know we'll have a good time then.

My son turned ten just the other day,
He said thanks for the ball, c'mon let's play.
Can you teach me to throw? I said, not today,
I gotta lot to do, He said, That's OK.
And as he walked away, his smile never dimmed, he said
I'm gonna be like you, Dad,
You know I'm gonna be like you.

And the cats in the cradle and the silver spoon,
Little Boy Blue and the Man in the Moon,
When you coming home Dad? I don't know when,
but we'll get together then,
You know we'll have a good time then.

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 we 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?

And the cats in the cradle and the silver spoon,
Little Boy Blue and the Man in the Moon,
When you coming home son? I don't know when,
but we'll get together then,
You know we'll have a good time then.

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 talking 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.

And the cats in the cradle and the silver spoon,
Little Boy Blue and the Man in the Moon,
When you coming home son? I don't know when,
but we'll get together then,
You know we'll have a good time then.

And the cats in the cradle and the silver spoon,
Little Boy Blue and the Man in the Moon,
When you coming home Dad? I don't know when,
but we'll get together then,
You know we'll have a good time then.