Just Like Me

Maycee learned of the song “Cat’s in the Cradle” and has been singing it (her version) a lot lately.  And loudly.  It got me wondering about the song, and what the lyrics were. 

They are beautiful lyrics.  Have you listened to them lately?  I think it points to the fear that us parents have, and yet gives us the solution at the same time.

I love how he states in the video that the lyrics scare him.

His wife wrote the basic lyrics as a poem, referring to her previous husband’s relationship with his father.  Harry applied them to himself once he had his son, Josh.

Thanks Harry Chapin.

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 talking ‘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 in the moon

“When you coming home Dad?”

“I don’t know when.  

But we’ll get together then

You know we’ll have a good time then.”

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, but his smile never dimmed

Said, “I’m gonna be like him, yeah.

You know I’m gonna be like him.”


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 he said with a smile

“What I’d really like, Dad, is to borrow the car keys.

See you later.  Can I have them please?”


I’ve long since retired and 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 could find the time.

You see, my job’s a hassle and the kid’s go 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






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