Cats in the Cradle

Harry Chapin

Cat's in the Cradle - Harry Chapin -

My child arrived just the other day
He came into 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 said “I’m gonna be like you, dad. You know I’m gonna be like you.”

And the cats in the cradle and the silver spoon
Little boy blue and the man in the moon
When ya comin' home, dad? I don’t know when
But we'll get together then, son, 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, lets play.
Can you teach me to throw?” I said “Not today
I’ve got a lot to do.” He said, “That’s okay.”
And he walked away but his smile never dimmed
It said, “I’m gonna be like him, yeah. You know I’m gonna be like him.”

And the cats in the cradle and the silver spoon
Little boy blue and the man in the moon
When ya comin' home, dad? I don’t know when
But we'll get together then, son, you know we'll have a good time then

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?”

And the cats in the cradle and the silver spoon
Little boy blue and the man in the moon
When ya comin' home, son? I don’t know when
But we'll get together then, dad, 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 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 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.

And the cats in the cradle and the silver spoon
Little boy blue and the man in the moon
When ya comin' home, son? I don’t know when
But we'll get together then, dad, you know we'll have a good time then

03:45

Taxi

Harry Chapin

Taxi - Harry Chapin -

It was raining hard in Frisco. I needed one more fair to make my night
A lady up ahead waved to flag me down and she got in at the light
Where are you going my lady blue? Its a shame you ruined you gown in the rain,
She just looked out the window, she said 16 Parkside Lane

Something about her was familiar. I could swear I seen that face before
But she said I'm sure your mistaken, and she didn’t say anything more
It took a while but she looked in the mirror and she glanced at the license for my name
A smile seemed to come to her slowly. It was a sad smile just the same

And she said, “how are you Harry?”. I said, “How are you Sue?”
Through the too many miles and two little smiles I still remember you

It was somewhere in a fairy tale, I used to drive her home in my car
We learned about love in the back of a Dodge, the lessons hadn’t gone to far
You see she was gonna be an actress and I was gonna learn to fly
She took off to find the footlights. I took off to find the sky

I’ve got something inside me to drive a princess blind,
There’s a wild man wizard he’s hiding in me, illuminating my mind
I’ve got something inside me not what my life’s about
Cause I’ve been letting my outside tide me over till my time runs out

Baby’s so high that she’s skying Yeah she’s flying, but afraid to fall
And I’ll tell you why Baby’s crying ’Cause she’s dying, aren’t we all?

There was not much more for us to talk about. Whatever we had once was gone
So I turned my cab into the driveway past the gate and the fine trimmed lawn

And she said we must get together, but I knew It’d never be arranged
So she hand me twenty dollar for a two fifty fare and said, “Harry, Keep the change”

Well another man might have been angry, and another man might have been hurt
but another man never would have let her go, I stashed the bill in my shirt

And she walked away in silence. Its strange how you never know
But we’d both gotten what we’d asked for such a long, long, time ago

You see she was gonna be an actress and I was gonna learn to fly
She took off to find the footlights. I took off to for the sky
And here she’s acting happy inside her handsome home,

and me I fly in my taxi, taking tips and gettin’ stoned
I go flying so high when I’m stoned

06:44