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Cats In The Cradle Chords

Harry Chapin

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Cats In The Cradle

	  As published in "Harry Chapin: A Legacy in Song" 
                 (c) 1987 Cherry Lane Music Co., Inc. 
IMHO, this is a better version that the simplified version that was/is on 
ftp.nevada.edu. 
 
TAB: each space represents an eigth note 
 
The music says CAPO 8 (key of F) but I usually play it CAPO 5 (key of D), 
since that's in my range. 
 
INTRO: 
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A(no 3rd) e|--0-0---|20------|--------|----|--------|--------|--------|--------|--------| B|--------|--0-3---|0----0--|--0-|--------|--------|------0-|--------|--------| G|2-------|---2----|---2----|0---|2-------|20------|----0---|2-------|--------| D|--------|--------|--------|----|----2---|--2-0---|--------|--------|--------| A|--------|--------|--------|----|--------|---3--3-|0-------|--------|--------| E|--------|--------|--------|----|--------|--------|--------|--------|--------|
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A C My child arrived just the other day; D A he came into the world in the usual way. A C But there were planes to catch, and bills to pay. D A He learned to walk while I was away. G G/F# Em7 Em/D And he was talkin' 'fore I knew it. And as he grew C Em/B A C Em/B A he'd say, "I'm gonna be like you, Dad. You know I'm gonna be like you." A G And the cat's in the cradle and the silver spoon, C D little boy blue and the man in the moon. A G "When you comin' home Dad?" "I don't know when, C Em/B A C Em/B A but we'll get together then, Son. You know we'll have a good time then."
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A(no 3rd) e|--0-0---|20------|--------|----|--------| B|--------|--0-3---|0----0--|--0-|--------| G|2-------|---2----|---2----|0---|2-------| D|--------|--------|--------|----|--------| A|--------|--------|--------|----|--------| E|--------|--------|--------|----|--------|
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A C My son turned ten just the other day. D A He said, "Thanks for the ball, Dad. Come on, let's play. A C Can you teach me to throw?" I said, "Not today. D A I got a lot to do." He said, "That's okay." G G/F# Em7 Em/D And he walked away, but his smile never dimmed. C Em/B A C Em/B A It said, "I'm gonna be like him, yeah. You know I'm gonna be like him." A G And the cat's in the cradle and the silver spoon, C D little boy blue and the man in the moon. A G "When you comin' home Dad?" "I don't know when, C Em/B A C Em/B A but we'll get together then, Son. You know we'll have a good time then."
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A(no 3rd) e|--0-0---|20------|--------|----|--------| B|--------|--0-3---|0----0--|--0-|--------| G|2-------|---2----|---2----|0---|2-------| D|--------|--------|--------|----|--------| A|--------|--------|--------|----|--------| E|--------|--------|--------|----|--------|
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A C Well, he came home from college just the other day, D A so much like a man I just had to say, A C "Son, I'm proud of you. Can you sit for a while?" D A He shook his head and he said with a smile, G G/F# Em7 Em/D "What I'd really like, Dad, is to borrow the car keys. C Em/B A See you later. Can I have them please?" A G And the cat's in the cradle and the silver spoon, C D little boy blue and the man in the moon. A G "When you comin' home Son?" "I don't know when, C Em/B A C Em/B A but we'll get together then, Dad. You know we'll have a good time then." F G Em A F G Em A (Slower) A C I've long since retired, my son's moved away. D A I called him up just the other day. A C I said, "I'd like to see you if you don't mind." D A He said, "I'd love to, Dad, if I could find the time. G G/F# Em7 Em/D You see, my new job's a hassle and the kids have the flu, C Em/B A C Em/B A but it's sure nice talkin' to you, Dad. It's been sure nice talkin' to you." G G/F# Em7 Em/D And as I hung up the phone it occured to me, C Em/B A(no 3rd) C Em/B A he'd grown up just like me. My boy was just like me. (Tempo I) A G And the cat's in the cradle and the silver spoon, C D little boy blue and the man in the moon. A G "When you comin' home Son?" "I don't know when, C Em/B A C Em/B A but we'll get together then, Dad, we're gonna have a good time then."
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A(no 3rd) A e|--0-0---|20------|--------|----|0-------|--------| B|--------|--0-3---|0----0--|--0-|2-------|--------| G|2-------|---2----|---2----|0---|2-------|--------| D|--------|--------|--------|----|2-------|--------| A|--------|--------|--------|----|0-------|--------| E|--------|--------|--------|----|0-------|--------|
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