“Cat in the Cradle”

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 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, 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.
And said “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, Dad?”
“I don’t know when, but we’ll get together then.
You know we’ll have a good time then”.

Well he came home from college just the other day
So much like a man I just had to say
“Son I’m proud of you, can’t 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, Dad?”
“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 said, “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, but we’ll get together then.
You know we’ll have a good time then”.