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Cat's In The Cradle
James Taylor

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


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, we'll get together then

You know we'll have a good time then


Well 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 ok

And he walked away and smiled and he said ya know

I'm gonna be like him, yeah

You know I'm gonna be like him


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, we'll get together then

You know we'll have a good time then


Well, he came from college just the other day

So much like a man I just had to say

I'm proud of you, can you sit for a while?

He shook his head and said with a smile

What I'd really like, Dad, is to borrow the car keys

See you later, can I have them please?


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

You know we'll have a good time then


I've long since retired, my son's moved away

I called him up just the other day

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 I hung up the phone it occurred to me

He'd grown up just like me

My boy was just like me


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, we'll get together then

We're gonna have a good time then :|| (repeat)


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Lyrics by James Taylor

  (I'm A) Road Runner   (I've Got To) Stop Thinkin' 'Bout That   (I'm A) Road Runner   (What A) Wonderful World   A Junkie's Lament   A Junkie's Lament   Ain't No Song   Ain't No Song   Ananas   Angels Of Fenway   Angry Blues   Another Day   Another Grey Morning   Anywhere Like Haven   Anywhere Like Heaven   Auld Lang Syne   B. S. U. R.   B.S.U.R.   Baby Boom Baby   Baby Buffalo   Baby, It's Cold Outside   Baby, It's Cold Outside   Back On the Street   Back On The Street Again   Bartender's Blues   Bartender's Blues   Before This World / Jolly Springtime   Before This World \/ Jolly Springtime   Belfast To Boston   Belfast To Boston (God's Rifle)   Believe It Or Not   Bittersweet   Blossom   Boatman   Brighten Your Night With My Day   Brother Trucker   Cahnson, Francaise   Captain Jim's Drunken Dream   Captain Jim's Drunken Dream   Carolina In My Mind   Carolina On My Mind   Caroline I See You   Carry Me On My Way   Cat's In The Cradle   Cats In The Cradle   Chanson Française   Chanson Française   Chanson Francaise   Chili Dog   Circle 'Round The Sun   Circle Round the Sun   Close Your Eyes   Company Man   Copperline   Country Road   Country Road [DVD]   Daddy's All Gone   Daddy's Baby   Daddy's All Gone   Daddy's Baby   Dance   Day Tripper   Deck The Halls   Don't Be Sad 'Cause Your Sun Is Down   Don't Let Me Be Lonely   Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight   Don't Let Me Lonely Tonight   Don't Talk Now   Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight   Down In The Hole   Enough To Be On Your Way   Every Day   Everybody Has The Blues   Everybody Loves To Cha Cha Cha   Everybody Loves To Cha, Cha, Cha   Everyday   Fading Away   Family Man   Fanfare   Far Afghanistan   Fire And Rain   First Of May   Fool For You   Gaia   Gaia   Get A Job   Go Tell It On The Mountain   Going Around One More Time   Golden Moments   Gorilla   Handy Man   Handyman   Hangnail   Hard Times   Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas   Hello Old Friend   Her Town Too   Hey Mister, That's Me Up On the Jukebox   Hey Mister, That's Me Up On The Jukebox   Highway Song   Home By Another Way   Honey Don't Leave L. a.   Honey Don't Leave L.A.   Honey Don't Leave L.A.   Hound Dog   Hour That The Morning Comes   How I Know You   How Sweet It Is   How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)   How's The World Treating You   How's The World Treating You   Hymn   I Can Dream Of You   I Didn't Know What Time It Was   I Didn't Know What Time It Was   I Feel The Earth Move   I Was A Fool To Care   I Was Only Telling A Lie   I Will Follow   I Will Not Lie For You   If I Keep My Heart Out Of Sight   In The Bleak Midwinter   In The Midnight Hour   Is That The Way You Look?   Isn't It Nice To Be Home Again   Isn't It Nice To Be Home Again   It's Growing   It's Only A Paper Moon   It's Growing   It's Only A Paper Moon   Jellyman Kelly   Jesse   Jig   Jingle Bells   Johnnie Comes Back   Jump Up Behind Me   Knock On Wood   Knocking 'Round the Zoo   Kootch's Song   Kootch's Song   Let It All Fall Down   Let Me Ride   Letter In The Mail   Lighthouse   Like Everyone She Knows   Limosine Driver   Limousine Driver   Line 'Em Up   Line 'em Up   Little David   Little More Time With You   Lo & Behold   Lo And Behold   London Town   Long Ago & Far Away   Long Ago And Far Away   Look Up From Your Life   Looking For Love On Broadway   Love Has Brought Me Around   Love Songs   Machine Gun Kelly   Man Who Shot Liberty Valance   Me & My Guitar   Me And My Guitar   Mean Old Man   Memphis   Mescalito   Mexico   Migration   Millworker   Mona   Money Machine   Montana   Mud Slide Slim   Music   My Romance   My Traveling Star   Native Son   Never Die Young   New Hymn   New Hymn (Live)   New Tune   Night Owl   Nobody But You   Not Fade Away   Nothing Like A Hundred Miles   October Road   Oh Baby, Don't You Loose Your Lip On Me   Oh Brother   Oh Susanna   Oh Susannah   Oh, Brother   Oh, Susannah   Oh, What A Beautiful Mornin'   Oh, What A Beautiful Morning   Older Sister   On Broadway   On The 4th Of July   On the Fourth of July   One Man Parade   One More Go Round   One Morning In May   Only A Dream In Rio   Only For Me   Only One   Our Smiling Face   Our Town   Our Town Cars   Paper Moon   Places In My Past   Playing Possum   Rainy Day Man   Raised Up Family   Riding On a Railroad   River   Road Runner   Rock 'n Roll Is Music Now   Rock 'n Roll Is Music Now   Romancia   Runaway Boy   Sadie   Sailing To Philadelphia   Santa Claus Is Coming To Town   Sarah Maria   Sea Cruise   Secret O' Life   Secret O' Life   Seminole Wind   September Grass   She Thinks I Still Care   Shed A Little Light   Shiver Me Timbers   Shower The People   Slap Leather   Sleep Come Free Me   Slow Burning Love   Smackwater Jack   SnowTime   So Far Away   Soldiers   Some Children See Him   Some Days You Gotta Dance   Someone   Something In The Way She Moves   Something's Wrong   Song For You Far Away   Stand & Fight   Stand And Fight   Steamroller   Stop Thinkin' 'bout That   Stop Thinkin' 'bout That   Stretch Of The Highway   Sugar Trade   Suite For 20G   Summer's Here   Summertime Blues   Sun On The Moon   Sunny Skies   Sunshine Sunshine   Suzanne   Sweet Baby James   Sweet Baby James [DVD]   Sweet Potato Pie   T - Bone   T-Bone   Taking It In   Terra Nova   That Lonesome Road   That's Why I'm Here   That's Why I'm Here   The Blues Is Just A Bad Dream   The Christmas Song   The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open ...   The Frozen Man   The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance   The Nearness of You   The Promised Land   The Water Is Wide   There We Are   Today Today Today   Traffic Jam   Turn Away   Up Er Mei   Up From Your Life   Up On The Roof   Up On The Roof (Live)   Valentine's Day   Valentine's Day   Walking Man   Walking My Baby Back Home   Wandering   Wasn't That A Mighty Storm   Wasn't That A Mighty Storm?   Wasn't That A Mighty Storm   Watchin' Over Me   Waterfall   Whenever You're Ready   Whenever You're Ready   Who Comes This Night   Why Baby Why   Why Baby Why?   Wichita Lineman   Wild Mountain Thyme   Will You Love Me Tomorrow   Winter Wonderland   Woh, Don't You Know   Woman's Gotta Have It   Woman's Gotta Have It   Woodstock   Woodstock (live, Howard Stern)   Yellow & Rose   Yellow And Rose   You And I Again   You Are My Only One   You Can Close Your Eyes   You Can Close Your Eyes [DVD]   You Make It Easy   You're The One I Love   You've Got A Friend   You\u2019ve Got a Friend   You've Got A Friend   Your Smiling Face   Your Smiling Face Bests Live Version

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