Harry Chapin - Cats In The Cradle Lyrics and Chords

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F0 D#1 F2 1
F3 G#4 2My child arrived just the other day
A#5 F6 3He came to the world in the usual way
G#7 4But there were planes to catch and bills to pay
A#8 F9 5He learned to walk while I was away
D#10 Dm711 Cm12 A#13 6And he was talkin' 'fore I knew it, and as he grew
G#14 D#15 F16 7He'd say "I'm gonna be like you dad
G#17 D#18 F19 8You know I'm gonna be like you
F20 D#21 10And the cat's in the cradle and the silver spoon
G#22 A#23 11Little boy blue and the man on the moon
F24 12When you comin' home dad
D#25 G#26 D#27 F28 13I don't know when, but we'll get together then son
G#29 D#30 F31 14You know we'll have a good time then
16My son turned ten just the other day
17He said, "Thanks for the ball, Dad, come on let's play
18Can you teach me to throw, I said "Not today
19I got a lot to do, he said, that's okey
20And he walked away but his smile never dimmed
21And said, I'm gonna be like him, yeah
22You know I'm gonna be like him
24Well, he came home from college just the other day
25So much like a man I just had to say
26Son, I'm proud of you, can you sit for a while
27He shook his head and said with a smile
28What I'd really like, Dad, is to borrow the car keys
29See you later, can I have them please
C#32 D#33 Cm34 F35 x2 32
33I've long since retired, my son's moved away
34I called him up just the other day
35I said, I'd like to see you if you don't mind
36He said, I'd love to, Dad, if I can find the time
37You see my new job's a hassle and kids have the flu
38But it's sure nice talking to you, dad
39It's been sure nice talking to you
D#36 A#37 Cm38 A#39 41And as I hung up the phone it occurred to me
G#40 D#41 F42 42He'd grown up just like me
G#43 D#44 F45 43My boy was just like me
F46 D#47 F48

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