#MusicMonday- Cat’s In the Cradle #harrychapin


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There is something about folk music that always makes me feel some kind of way. Perhaps it’s the nostalgia of it and the deep meaning behind the lyrics of those songs. The type of music that isn’t played much these days—that I know of.

Cats In The Cradle is a folk song sung by Harry Chapin. It is also written by him and his wife, Sandy. This song has been one of those songs that had lived on in nearly everyone’s hearts. It’s a song about a father wanting to spend more time with his son, but the demands of life make it hard for him to be the father he wants to be. And when he does find the time, it is much later in his life, and then his son doesn’t have the time or can’t find the time to spend with his father.

The lyrics are true because there are times when we (or we know someone who) are so busy with life that we/they don’t seem to find the time to spend with our/their significant other, family, or friends.

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The love for our family, friends, or what have you, isn’t weigh or tested by how much we spend time with them. It is finding the time for the certain ones who are worthy of our time. Though for a child, sometimes, it can be hard for a parent to find the time to spend with their child(ren) because most are so busy working because we want to give them the best life possible.

We have to remember that time waits for no one. Time is something we all can’t get back. Not everyone deserves our precious time, but the ones that do deserve to spend as much time as possible while we are still alive.

LYRICS:

[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, Dad
You 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 you comin’ home, Dad
I don’t know when, but we’ll get together then
You know we’ll have a good time then

[Verse 2]
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
And said, “I’m gonna be like him, yeah
You 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 on the moon
When you comin’ home, Dad
I don’t know when, but we’ll get together then
You 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 you sit for a while”
He shook his head and then said with a smile
“What I’d really like, Dad, is to borrow the car keys
See you later, can I have them please”

[Chorus]
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, Dad
You know we’ll have a good time then

[Verse 4]
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 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

[Chorus]
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, Dad
We’re gonna have a good time then

Lyrics Source: Genius.com

Songwriters: Sandy Chapin / Harry F. Chapin
Cat’s in the Cradle lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc
Release Date: October 1st, 1974
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What does time when it comes to our loved ones mean to you?

 

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