Cat's In The Cradle


by Harry Chapin
My child was born just the other day
He came to the world in the usual way
But there 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 be like you dad, you know I'm gonna be like you"

E - - - / G - - - / D - - - / E - - - /  x4  /
D - D/C# - / Bm - Bm/A - / G - G/F# - / E - - - / G - G/F# - / E - - - /    /   //

 C:	And the catís in the cradle and the silver spoon
Little boy blue and the man on the moon
When you coming home dad?  I don't know when
We'll get together then, you know we'll have a good time then

E - - - / D - - - / G - - - / A - - - / E - - - / D - - - / G - G/F# - / E - - - / x2  //

My son turned ten just the other day
He said, "thanks for the ball dad, come on let's play
Can you teach me throw?"  I said, "not today,
I got a lot to do."  He said, "that's okay"
And he walked away but his smile never dimmed
He said, "I'm gonna be like him, ya... you know I'm gonna be like him"

 C:	And the catís in the cradle and the silver spoon
Little boy blue and the man on the moon
When you coming home dad?  I don't know when
We'll get together then, you know we'll have a good time then

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 said with a smile,
"What I'd really like dad is to borrow the car keys
See you later, can I have them please?"

 C:	And the catís in the cradle and the silver spoon
Little boy blue and the man on the moon
When you coming home son?  I don't know when
We'll get together then, dad, you know we'll have a good time then

 B:	( C - - - / Bm - G - / E - - - /   //)

I've long since retired, my son's moved away
I called him up just the other day
I said, ďI'd like to see you , if you don't mindĒ
He said, ďI'd love to, Dad if I could find the time
You see my new jobís a hassle and the kids have the flu
But it's sure nice talkin' to you Dad, it's been sure nice talkin' 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

 C:	And the catís in the cradle and the silver spoon
Little boy blue and the man on the moon
When you coming home son?  I don't know when
We'll get together then, dad, you know we'll have a good time then


© 1974 Story Songs, Ltd / Elektra Records:: on his "Verities and Balderdash" and "the Gold Medal Collection"
 
	CIRCLE
	Harry Chapin


 C:	All my life's a circle, sunrise and sundown
Moon rolls thru the nighttime til daybreak comes around
All my life's a circle, still I wonder why
Seasons spinning 'round again, years keep rolling by

C - - - /    /    / G - - - /    /    /    / C - - - /
C - - - /    /    / F - - - /    / G - - - /    / C - - - //

Seems like I've been here before, can't remember when
I get this funny feeling, we'll be together again
No straight lines make up my life, all my roads have bends
No clearcut beginnings, so far no dead ends

 C:	All my life's a circle, sunrise and sundown
Moon rolls thru the nighttime til daybreak comes around
All my life's a circle, still I wonder why
Seasons spinning 'round again, years keep rolling by

I've met you a thousand times, I guess you've done the same
Then we lose each other, it's like a children's game
But now I find you here again, the thought comes to my mind
Our love is like a circle, let's go round one more time

 C:	All my life's a circle, sunrise and sundown
Moon rolls thru the nighttime til daybreak comes around
All my life's a circle, still I wonder why
Seasons spinning 'round again, years keep rolling by




© 1972 The Harry Chapin Foundation::  on his "Sniper and Other Love Songs"
and "Gold Medal Collection", on Limelighters "Alive VI", and on
Pete Seeger/Arlo Guthrie "Precious Friends"
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