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(Verse 1)
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, yeh,
I know I'm gonna be like you".

(Chorus)
And the cat's in the cradle and the silver spoon,
Little Boy Blue and The Man In The Moon.
"When ya comin' home Dad?"
"I don't know when, we'll get together then, son,
Ya know we'll have a good time then".

(Verse 2)
Well my son turned 10 just the other day,
He said "Thanks for the ball Dad, come let's play.
Can ya teach me to throw?" I said
"Not today, I got a lot to do." He said "That's ok".
And then, he walked away but his smile never dimmed,
He said "I'm gonna be like him, yeh,
Ya know I'm gonna be like him".

(Chorus)
And the cat's in the cradle and the silver spoon,
Little Boy Blue and The Man In The Moon.
"When ya comin' home Dad?"
"I don't know when, we'll get together then, son,
Ya know we'll have a good time then".

(Verse 3)
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 ya 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 ya later, can I have them please?"

(Chorus)
And the cat's in the cradle and the silver spoon,
Little Boy Blue and The Man In The Moon.
"When ya comin' home son?"
"I don't know when, we'll get together then, Dad,
Ya know we'll have a good time then".

(Verse 4)
Well 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's been sure nice talking to you."
And as he hung up the phone it occurred to me,
He'd grown up just like, my boy, was just like me.

(Chorus)
And the cat's in the cradle and the silver spoon,
Little Boy Blue and The Man In The Moon.
"When ya comin' home son?"
"I don't know when, we'll get together then, Dad,
We're gonna have a good time then".



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    Jeff JohnsFeb 15, 2013 at 3:23 pm
    I heard this playing at McDonald's this morning. As I have gotten older I realize how sad and true this song is.
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    Frankie TannerAug 20, 2014 at 6:36 am
    Harry's wife Sandy actually wrote the lyrics to this song. Harry was on the road so much that she was afraid he was missing out on watching his children grow up. Ironically, the poem she wrote had the reverse effect on Harry because it became his biggest hit, which caused him to be on the road even more.
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    Dale VinzantDec 7, 2013 at 8:30 am
    Show me a father who has heard this song and not seem something of himself in this song. Harry could hit home more than most. Interesting that Harry ended up epitomizing this song. He was seldom home. Our role in society takes priority over our personal lives. Sadly, we could control this and make it otherwise. I have received a reprieve, I am able to give my grandchildren the attention I wish I could have given my children. The bitter sweet is, my children have wounds I cannot heal.
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    UnregisteredJun 4, 2012 at 2:01 am
    It was the first song my son with autism sang to me with so much affect and emotion in it's entirety. So beautiful i cried. I remember listening to this song on the radio as a kid when it came out. Always loved it!. Thanks harry chapin. My son now has music therapy and is learning to play this on piano and sing it for his first recital.
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    UnregisteredApr 22, 2012 at 5:15 am
    Actually it doesn't say the son stayed home with the sick kids, he's just mentioning them as a reason why he can't go visit his father. That's not prioritizing. He may just be using them to avoid being around his father since they didn't have the kind of relationship they should have had.

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