Who Sang Cats in the Cradle? Ugly Kid Joe

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Credits
publisher: ©Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
writers: Harry F. Chapin, Sandy Chapin
release date: 1992-8-31
length: 4:03
producer: Mark Dodson
membranophone: Mark Davis
lead vocals: Whitfield Crane
mixer: Randy Long and Mark Dodson
engineer: Mark Dodson and Randy Long
background vocals: Jennifer Barry
guitar: Dave Fortman and Klaus Eichstadt
bass guitar: Cordell Crockett
My child arrived just the other day
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
He was talkin' 'fore I knew it
And as he grew he said,
'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 'n 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.
Could you teach me to throw?'
I said, 'Not today. I got a lot to do.'
He said, 'That's okay.' And he walked away and he smiled and he said,
'You know, I'm gonna be like him, yeah.
You know I'm gonna be like him.'

[Chorus]
Well, he came from college just the other day,
So much like a man I just had to say,
'I'm proud of you. Could 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 ?'

[Chorus]
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 could find the time.
You see my new job's a hassle and the kids have the flu,
But it's sure nice talkin' to you, Dad.
It's been sure nice talkin' 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]



Tracklist
CD 1
  • 1 Neighbor
  • 2 Goddamn Devil
  • 3 Come Tomorrow
  • 4 Panhandlin’ Prince
  • 5 Busy Bee
  • 6 Don’t Go
  • 7 So Damn Cool
  • 8 Same Side
  • 9 Cats in the Cradle
  • 10 I’ll Keep Tryin’
  • 11 Everything About You
  • 12 Madman (’92 remix)
  • 13 Mr. Recordman

  • Album Information
    label: Mercury Records
    country(area): Germany
    format: CD
    barcode: 731451257124
    script: Latin