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Cats In The Cradle

Song Author Harry Chapin Lyrics by: Sandra Chapin og Harry Chapin Performer: Harry Chapin og Ugly Kid Joe Submitted by: Anonymous
Capo on fret 1
(for original key in F)

[E]My child arrived just the [G]other day
He [A]came to the world in the [E]usual way
[E]But there were planes to catch, [G]bills to pay
[A]He learned to walk while I [E]was away
And he was [D]talkin' 'fore I [A/C#]knew it, and [Bm]as he grew[A]    
he said [G]"I'm gonna [D/F#]be like [E]you, dad,
You [G]know I'm gonna [D/F#]be like [E]you"

[E]And the cats in the cradle and [D]the silver spoon
[G]Little boy blue and a [A]man on the moon
[E]When you comin' home dad, I [D]don't know when
But [G]we'll get to[D/F#]gether [E]then,
You [G]know we'll have a [D/F#]good time [E]then

[E]My son turned ten just the [G]other day
He said [A]"Thanks for the ball dad, come [E]on, let's play
[E]Can you teach me to throw?", I said [G]"Not today
I got a [A]lot to do", he said "[E]That's OK"
And he [D]walked a[A/C#]way but his [Bm]smile never [A]dimmed
And said, [G]"I'm gonna [D/F#]be like [E]him, yeah
You know [G]I'm gonna [D/F#]be like [E]him"

[E]And the cats in the cradle and [D]the silver spoon
[G]Little boy blue and a [A]man on the moon
[E]When you comin' home dad, I [D]don't know when
[G]We'll get to[D/F#]gether [E]then,
You [G]know we'll have a [D/F#]good time [E]then

[E]Well he came from college just the [G]other day
So [A]much like a man I just [E]had to say
[E]Son, I'm proud of you, can you [G]sit for a while
He [A]shook his head and he [E]said with a smile
What [D]I'm feeling like, [A/C#]dad, is to [Bm]borrow the [A]car keys
[G]see you [D/F#]later, can I [E]have them please.

[E]And the cats in the cradle and [D]the silver spoon
[G]Little boy blue and a [A]man on the moon
[E]When you comin' home son, I [D]don't know when
But [G]we'll get to[D/F#]gether [E]then, dad.
You [G]know we'll have a [D/F#]good time [E]then.

[C]    [D]    [Bm]    [E]    
[C]    [D]    [Bm]    [E]    
[E]I've long since retired, my [G]son's moved away
[A]I called him up just the [E]other day
[E]I said "I'd like to see you, if [G]you don't mind"
He said: I'd [A]love to, dad, if I can [E]find the time.
You see, [D]my new job's a [A/C#]hassle and the [Bm]kids have the [A]flu,
but it's [G]sure nice [D/F#]talking to [E]you, dad
it been [G]sure nice [D/F#]talking to [E]you.

And as [D]I hung up the [A/C#]phone is oc[Bm]curred to [A]me  
He'd [G]grown up [D/F#]just like [E]me  
My [G]boy was [D/F#]just like [E]me!  

[E]And the cats in the cradle and [D]the silver spoon
[G]Little boy blue and a [A]man on the moon
[E]When you comin' home son?, I [D]don't know when
But [G]we'll get to[D/F#]gether [E]then, dad.
We'll [G]gonna have a [D/F#]good time [E]then

(for original key in F)

My child arrived just the other day
He came to the world in the usual way
But there were planes to catch, bills to pay
He learned to walk while I was away
And he was talkin' '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"

And the cats in the cradle and the silver spoon
Little boy blue and a man on the moon
When you comin' 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 dad, come on, let's play
Can you teach me to throw?", I said "Not today
I got a lot to do", he said "That's OK"
And he walked away but his smile never dimmed
And said, "I'm gonna be like him, yeah
You know I'm gonna be like him"

And the cats in the cradle and the silver spoon
Little boy blue and a man on the moon
When you comin' 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 he said with a smile
What I'm feeling 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 a man on the moon
When you comin' home son, I don't know when
But we'll get together then, dad.
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 can find the time.
You see, my new job's a hassle and the kids have the flu,
but it's sure nice talking to you, dad
it been sure nice talking to you.

And as I hung up the phone is 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 a man on the moon
When you comin' home son?, I don't know when
But we'll get together then, dad.
We'll gonna have a good time then

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