Harry Chapin - Cats In The Cradle Guitar Chords

Harry Chapin

folk, folk rock, mellow gold, singer-songwriter

Song versions: 1 2 3 4 5
Chords: A, C, G, Em, D
Cats In The Cradle chords
Harry Chapin * 1974

[Intro]
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[Verse 1]
   A                      C
My child arrived just the other day
   G                        A
He came to the world in the usual way
                                   G
But there were planes to catch and bills to pay
   C                       A
He learned to walk while I was away
           G                            Em
And he was talkin' 'fore I knew it, and as he grew
          C         Em      A
He'd say "I'm gonna be like you dad
    C              Em      A
You know I'm gonna be like you"

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

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[Verse 2]
   A                       C
My son turned ten just the other day
          G                              A
He said, "Thanks for the ball, Dad, come on let's play
                                    C
Can you teach me to throw", I said "Not today
  G                           A
I got a lot to do", he said, "That's ok"
       G                   C
And he walked away but his smile never dimmed
           C         Em      A
And said, "I'm gonna be like him, yeah
    C              Em      A
You know I'm gonna be like him"

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

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[Verse 3]
         A                               C
Well, he came home from college just the other day
G                         A
So much like a man I just had to say
                                C
"Son, I'm proud of you, can you sit for a while?"
   G                  A
He shook his head and said with a smile
G                                 C
"What I'd really like, Dad, is to borrow the car keys
G                    A
See you later, can I have them please?"

[Chorus]
        A                           G
And the cat's in the cradle and the silver spoon
C                       A
Little boy blue and the man in the moon
A
When you comin' home dad?
  G                    C           Em        A
I don't know when, but we'll get together then Dad
    C                 Em        A
You know we'll have a good time then

D C Em A  2x
(Slower)
 [Verse 4]
     A                      C
I've long since retired, my son's moved away
  G                      A
I called him up just the other day
                                C
I said, "I'd like to see you if you don't mind"
              G                      A
He said, "I'd love to, Dad, if I can find the time
           G                      Em
You see my new job's a hassle and kids have the flu
         C         Em         A
But it's sure nice talking to you, Dad
          C         Em         A
It's been sure nice talking to you"

    G                           Em
And as I hung up the phone it occurred to me
     C        Em        A
He'd grown up just like me
   C       Em        A
My boy was just like me

(A Tempo)

[Chorus]
        A                           G
And the cat's in the cradle and the silver spoon
C                       A
Little boy blue and the man in the moon
A
When you comin' home dad?
  G                    C           Em        A
I don't know when, but we'll get together then Dad
    C                 Em        A
You know we'll have a good time then

[Outro]
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