Cat’s in the Cradle and Father’s Day

With Father’s Day approaching I thought I’d take a moment and share, quite possibly, one of the saddest songs I know.  I just heard it while walking through Walgreen’s on my break and I almost went to tears.  I never thought this song would have such an effect on me.  In fact, when I was younger and living at home, I really liked it. I remember a conversation I had with my dad in which he told me that he didn’t really care for the song.  I couldn’t understand why he didn’t like it, but now that I’ve been out of the house for almost 8 years I get it. I still think it’s a great song but I can hardly stand to listen to it now because it hits a little too close to home.  

 

 

Cat’s in the Cradle

Artist: Harry Chapin

 

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 talkin‘ ‘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 on the moon

When you comin‘ home dad?

I don’t know when, but we’ll get together then son

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 cat’s in the cradle and the silver spoon

Little boy blue and the man on the moon

When you comin‘ home son?

I don’t know when, but we’ll get together then son

You know we’ll have a good time then

 

Well, he came home 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?"

 

And the cat’s in the cradle and the silver spoon

Little boy blue and the man on the moon

When you comin‘ home son?

I don’t know when, but we’ll get together then son

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 kids have 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 on the moon

When you comin‘ home son?

I don’t know when, but we’ll get together then son

You know we’ll have a good time then 

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