Harry Chapin - Cats In The Cradle chords

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My child arrived just the other day
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He came to the world in the usual way
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But there were planes to catch and bills to pay
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He learned to walk while I was away
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And he was talkin' 'fore I knew it, and as he grew
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He'd say "I'm gonna be like you dad
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You know I'm gonna be like you"


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And the cat's in the cradle and the silver spoon
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Little boy blue and the man on the moon
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When you comin' home dad?
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I don't know when, but we'll get together then son
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You know we'll have a good time then

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My son turned ten just the other day
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He said, "Thanks for the ball, Dad, come on let's play
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Can you teach me to throw", I said "Not today
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I got a lot to do", he said, "That's ok"
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And he walked away but his smile never dimmed
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And said, "I'm gonna be like him, yeah
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You know I'm gonna be like him"


        F                           D#
And the cat's in the cradle and the silver spoon
G#                       A#
Little boy blue and the man on the moon
F
When you comin' home dad?
  D#                    G#           Cm     F
I don't know when, but we'll get together then son
    G#                 Cm        F
You know we'll have a good time then

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Well, he came home from college just the other day
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So much like a man I just had to say
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"Son, I'm proud of you, can you sit for a while?"
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He shook his head and said with a smile
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"What I'd really like, Dad, is to borrow the car keys
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See you later, can I have them please?"


        F                           D#
And the cat's in the cradle and the silver spoon
G#                       A#
Little boy blue and the man on the moon
F
When you comin' home son?
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I don't know when, but we'll get together then
    G#                 Cm        F
You know we'll have a good time then

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I've long since retired, my son's moved away
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I called him up just the other day
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I said, "I'd like to see you if you don't mind"
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He said, "I'd love to, Dad, if I can find the time
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You see my new job's a hassle and kids have the flu
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But it's sure nice talking to you, Dad
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It's been sure nice talking to you"


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And as I hung up the phone it occurred to me
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He'd grown up just like me
   G#       Cm        F
My boy was just like me


        F                           D#
And the cat's in the cradle and the silver spoon
G#                       A#
Little boy blue and the man on the moon
F
When you comin' home son?
  D#                    G#           Cm     F
I don't know when, but we'll get together then
    G#                 Cm        F
You know we'll have a good time then

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