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SongLyricSunday- “Cats In the Cradle by Harry Chapin “music #blogging


Today’s theme is about something I constantly think about, “growing old,” and I worried if I’ll be able to live out my life fully before I die.

I’m always having health issues that make me feel like I’m too young to go through it so early; I’m only in my early thirties. Nevertheless, even if that wasn’t the case, I reflected back to when I was a young girl being taken from my parents (my siblings and I) to wanting my parents more than ever.

Last Wednesday was 14 years my dad had passed away and my mom is still alive with heart problems who likes to isolate herself sometimes.

I first heard of “Cats in the cradle” in fourth grade and fell in love with it ever since.


“Cats In the Cradle” by Harry Chapin

Lyrics:

My 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’d say, I’m gonna be like you, dad
You know I’m gonna be like you

And the cat’s 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, 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 okay
And he walked away, but his smile never dimmed
Said, I’m gonna be like him, yeah
You know I’m gonna be like him

And the cat’s 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

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?

And the cat’s 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 and 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

And the cat’s 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

Songwriters: Sandy Chapin / Harry F. Chapin

Cat’s in the Cradle lyrics ©8/24/1974

Warner/Chappell Music, Inc

Lyrics from: genius.com

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13 thoughts on “SongLyricSunday- “Cats In the Cradle by Harry Chapin “music #blogging”

  1. My father loves this song and this singer. Such a sad sad song.

    I am in my early thirties and think about my family, my parents getting older, and me too, especially since having nieces and nephews I’ve been watching grow.

    I had a lot of medical problems when I was a teenager and never did have that carefree youth. The fragility of life was always on my mind.

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