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Cats In The Cradle Lyrics

Artist: Ugly Kid Joe
Album: Cats In The Cradle

My child arrived just the other day;
Came to the world in the usually 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 on 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 :
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.
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'd like to see you, if you dont 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.
(Yeah, yeah, yeah)

Chorus
Comments/Interpretations
by amy on 5/20/2008 6:39am
gr8 song just loved it
by mm :) on 5/25/2008 12:40pm
me 2
by the6thelement on 5/26/2008 3:22pm
this song was just on sirius hair nations top 100
by MACKENZI on 5/27/2008 11:21am
I love the song
by Yolanda Santiago on 5/29/2008 1:36pm
I was like the Dad in the song, I didnt have much time with my daughter. I was busy looking for money to provide her nice things that this world has. But I guess I am lucky because I made my realization before it is too late. I hope that a lot of people get to have a copy of the song so they too can have their own realization.
by emzzy on 5/30/2008 8:29pm
how sad
by Sam on 5/31/2008 2:13am
Such a depressing song...
by Jesus on 6/3/2008 7:44pm
Common people why r u listening to this depressing shit listen to some Wu Tang Clan they are gods of music
by hehe, like i'm gonna tell you on 6/4/2008 3:46pm
wow, i've known this song since it came out... I LOVE IT!!!!!!
by talyalover on 6/6/2008 10:34pm
jesus knows jack shit
by on 6/17/2008 4:47am
it's not "man on the moon"
it's "man IN the moon"
:)
by Dan on 6/21/2008 4:20am
GREAT SONG !!!
by sweyn on 6/21/2008 6:38pm
my dad and i
by Bonja-Moise on 6/25/2008 12:15pm
Good history song...
by two-manny on 6/26/2008 2:32am
you guys are so efing emo get over it Jesus! GROW SOME BALLS PUSSYS!!!!!!
by lassie on 6/27/2008 6:06am
this song is fantastic any of you remember seeing them live!!!
by Hurty on 6/28/2008 5:13am
It's one of my favorite songs!!!
by Nick83 on 6/28/2008 4:33pm
My dad me my daughter wot else 2 say its 1 ov those songs that make u think aint it ppl
Dont like it cos 1 ov most real song eva made
by luthher on 7/2/2008 9:48pm
goood
by Merlin on 7/7/2008 2:29pm
I plan on playing this at my dad's funeral. Thank god, I am there for my kids even if I loose my job.
by Yoda1 on 7/15/2008 5:58am
EMO my arse, It is just a great fucking song....
by lazarez on 7/17/2008 10:42pm
i just had a son. hope i wont be like tht.. n he wont be like that..
by Dimitar on 7/20/2008 2:08pm
Everybody should listen to this song from time to time...
Great!
by back coi on 8/5/2008 5:45am
time or money? :)
by Icachowda on 8/6/2008 12:27am
i love this song to no end. its great, and makes you really have some emotion towards the lyrics
by ben miles 6 is awesome on 8/8/2008 8:27pm
i think its aawesome song and every father should listen to it
by kevin on 8/17/2008 10:13am
Depressing, yes, because it's fucking true and it reminds us that we do this shit each and every day. I just listen to it over and over again coz I don't wanna do this to my kids.
by DarksAngel on 8/21/2008 3:43am
I have herd this song so many times by each artist that has played it since I was a child.But this week when I was listing to it I realised not only was I like the father in this song I was also the child in the song at one time.. I also have a friend who just had a child he works 3 jobs to make ends meet I hope and pray that he does not become the father in this song.. the song is great the meaning behind the words are very sad but powerfull...
by jeramel on 8/25/2008 1:15am
wow i like so much the song it felt of what i am since the start of what i'v observe the it is until now...its really amuse me..it inspire me so much...bravo/..
by James666 on 9/3/2008 4:40am
the song has a hidden message

the boy turned out just like his father an asshole

and its man on the moon dummie

ha ha
by gregor on 9/29/2008 3:23pm
love this song, my Dad split when I was 16, Hes back in our state now 30 years later living at the V.A. His second family dumped him when he developed health problems. His original family My six brothers and sisters and My mother dont visit him. He is a lonely man!
by kaitlyn on 9/30/2008 12:51am
i cant belive how insensitive some of you are. this is a piece of history. its a bloody awesome song and many ppl can relate to it. good on the orginal person for makin the song, every generation will kno it.
by Jack on 10/1/2008 5:48pm
Great song, quite sad but very touching.
by Scott on 10/4/2008 9:00pm
i didnt know my real father until i was 10 years old and to my suprise...he still does nothing with me...i am and will forever be the child in this situation...even my step-father spends no time with me...learning how to be a man by yourself is the hardest thing you can do and i have no choice...
by Ginge on 10/9/2008 12:55pm
this song reminds me of my father he has no time for us i hope to god i dont turn out like my father or the father in the song even though im planning on acting i hope i will spend the most time with my kids tht i can possibly do
by chuy on 11/16/2008 5:12am
I haven't seen my kids in 8 years because of situations that are out of my hand still i remember when my son would tell me that he wanted to be just like me and i always replied that he would have to be better than me, i only pray that he remembers those words
by mckayla on 11/22/2008 6:59pm
i just love this song it is awesome i know how it feels to grow up and your dad is always bussy and they ask you to go away. But when you grow up they want to spend more time with you and you are bussy. I think people/ adults don't know that we kid grow up so fast And they think you were bron today or yesterday.
by denver on 11/23/2008 8:24am
this song is awesome you guys know ow to make music. I JUST LOVE I mean L.O.V.E. IT SO MUCH.
by alissa on 11/24/2008 4:55pm
I JUST WANT TO TELL YOU THAT I JUST LOVE THE SONG AND TOLD ALL MY FRIENDS ABOUT IT AND THE LIKE IT TOO. YOU ROCK!!!!!!!!!!
by parlon on 11/24/2008 10:29pm
good song thx.
by jennifer on 11/29/2008 6:45pm
I JUST LOVE THIS SONG IT'S LIKE I'M IN A DIFFERNT WORLD OF MUSIC!!!!
by odz on 12/4/2008 8:44pm
Ive heard this song long time ago around 10 years ago perhaps, I was so young then I really enjoyed the music but didn't care 'bout the lyrics. Yesterday, Ive got the chance to read every single word during videoke leisure. I really do stopped singing in the middle of the song and re-play it again so that I can read it solemnly, then suddenly I found myself hoping that it wont happen to my son and his dad. (My husband works overseas).
by chamindri on 12/7/2008 10:14am
I love this song, it has a nice meaning which is very true and it is very touching... makes me wanna listen again and again.. thankz for the lyrics :)
by lol:) on 12/15/2008 7:57pm
I love your song im whis i could meet you meet you in person i would just scream. i made my friend cry and me and her just love all your songs
by lol:) on 12/16/2008 3:34pm
Hi I Just Love Your Song It Is Very Tochng And You Rock So Much And My Mom's Friend Cry Cause Not Thats A Bad Song It's That It Happened To Her. Lol you rock awesomely awesome bro:)
by kimz on 12/22/2008 9:41pm
this is so nice song and makes guilty...
by howard on 12/26/2008 5:29pm
i am quite a tough guy but this song always makes me cry, I am not the son and aint the dad but for some reason this song smash my heart into pieces each time i am listening to it.
by Camilla on 1/2/2009 2:33pm
Sad but great song!
by tkoomzaaskz on 1/3/2009 6:30pm
your comments, people, are as much heartbreakin' as the lyrics... I have a lot in common with many of you, really.
by gourdie on 1/15/2009 3:27am
i should keep this song...
by Muldaaaa on 1/25/2009 2:00pm
I have this sone already for 10 years om my comp. Just now, I really wanted to read the lyrics (Im dutch), amd omg its so good. It really smashes me. Really really good!!
by boonk on 1/29/2009 12:30pm
I heard this song when i was a young man, now iam older. Everytime i hear this song it reminds me of when I was a child and my father wasn't there for me, like his father wasn't there for him. I see my three children are in the cycle as i once was. Iam so trying to change because without yours kids, you have nothing to live for
by BENNA on 2/9/2009 1:31pm
heartbreaking one ;-)
by Edsel on 2/18/2009 4:34am
I like this, coz this like me and may father..
by Angel on 3/19/2009 3:12am
Love it! The English verson is the best, but the Norwegain is okey.
by Rad on 3/26/2009 6:47am
I have to admit that everybody shold listen this song from time to time
by conor ireland on 3/30/2009 3:31am
that song is a legend. hard to get outta your head. goose pimples everytime.any1 who cant relate to that song, i say theres something wrong!!
by cara on 3/30/2009 1:34pm
this song is great. it sure is an inspiration,and the lyrics should be listened too,cause how many kids and their parents are like this these days.
A truly great song
by Donnie M on 4/21/2009 1:42am
I've loved this song when it was a hit years ago and sing along while it's played on the radio but i never fully understood the meaning of it, i had a chance of reading it again on a videoke with my wife recently and touched by the song differently. I have a daughter now and i'm very grateful that i quit my former job where i would be away from my family for months, now i know i will never be that man in the song.
by KS on 5/5/2009 10:17pm
I loved that song because it was about growing up and we are doing growing up stuff at school. The bit i didn't really like was when the father didn't have enough time for the son and the son didn't have enough time for the father.
by LS on 5/5/2009 10:26pm
your song is great and a bit sad but that is how to get people to like it.The bit when his dad went to work and he doesen't have time for his son was sad and then his son came home and his son but he just wanted to go hang out with his friends from collage
by JP on 5/5/2009 10:32pm
Hi I think I know what the meaning of the song is . Where at the start of the song the dad dosen't have time for his son.Then at the end of the song the son does not have time for the dad it was a really brillant song I really liked it
by M.H and T.H on 5/6/2009 4:33am
i love your song but i didn't get it. now i do. my dad makes time to play with us when he can.
by mina on 5/15/2009 3:56pm
i live in greece and our english teacher wanted us to hear that song so as to help us improve our english... mobody was hearing in the clasroom...neither do i...but when i got home i was curious so i gave it another listen...and i have to say that...it is one of the gratestas songs i have ever heard....just love it<3
by Trace on 6/1/2009 5:11pm
Yolanda Sontiago, you're just like my Dad, for that you should be proud
by jade on 7/28/2009 9:27am
hmmm.i love this song
by Vince on 8/10/2009 9:27pm
Refreshing to hear a song with real lyrics. So much pointless songs in the days of the follow ups of Britney. Even if, by accident, they sing real lyrics, it sounds so fake coming from them that you don't hear the words anyway....
Oh well, I'm going out Cycling with my boys tomorrow!
by John on 11/13/2009 8:00am
A song that in this current climate unfortunately is all too common.
Many Dads focus on staying in work and putting food on the table, with precious little time for the kids.But if any song brings it all home, it`s this one.
A pure classic!
by marie sol on 2/11/2010 9:10pm
lovely song
by charlie on 2/19/2010 2:46am
love d song..i do hope in the future,,wont happen to me..so miss my only son
by Braden on 2/27/2010 8:47pm
YOU ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
by Kezioo' on 3/30/2010 10:52am
I love this song! :3 It's one of the best songs ever..
by Sarah-May on 4/23/2010 7:38pm
I love this song, my father told me about this song and I listened to it and as soon as I heard it I knew what he was talking about. I love this song
by brandon on 4/30/2010 5:31pm
dang i love this song but i also love dreamer by ozzy osbourne man +eye of the tiger!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (whistle)
by dean on 5/8/2010 10:06am
this is a awsome song
by Randy on 5/19/2010 11:19pm
I have to travel for work. There is no work were I'm from. My sun is six. I remember this song from my own childhood, I never knew my own father. I have this song in my head all day every day. It breaks my hart to be away from my famiely. But my options are leave them to work or stay and watch them go hungry. Spend as much time with your kids as you can. They grow up quick. I missed my suns first steps, his first words, and way to much already. I'm the father in this song in every lyric. I hope with all my hart that this isn't still true when I retire. I love and miss you Jonny.
by colton Welch on 5/24/2010 9:01am
this song reminds me of my father when i was in my younger days.
by cowboy... on 6/5/2010 1:03am
this song was about a son turn to a father and a father and his son.well things can be happen to all of us what you will show to your children in the future,
by Eben on 7/12/2010 1:49am
wow... really deppressing song.. but its nice and cacthy
by ahl on 7/18/2010 12:44am
well, its a very very nice song. but its totally sad:(
by viedz on 8/9/2010 7:47pm
I used to play this song when I was a teenager and I still love it till now. At first I didn't understand the lyric coz I'm Indonesian, but I can feel he rhythm and I know it's the sad song but it's good.
by James on 8/17/2010 5:36am
I like it
by patsees on 9/8/2010 10:45am
i just loved it! makes me want to wear stretchy pants
by aFrOw on 9/22/2010 3:51am
Wonderful Song! so many of us neglect our fathers and what they sacrifice for us...
by Xx on 9/24/2010 4:11pm
Fagets, cry me a river :D
by coco on 10/9/2010 7:29am
what a beautiful song..
by nischal nepal on 10/16/2010 4:06am
Am son and am sure.one day my dad gonna sing this song.Nice one.PRAGMATIC SONG
by Daniel on 10/24/2010 7:39pm
The deepest song ever... love it or hate it, it just make you think... and pick up the phone to call dad before it too late
by romz payot on 11/2/2010 7:02am
one of my fav.....song,and i've
really really like it.
by alex on 11/5/2010 10:09pm
love this song, my dad was like the one in the lyrics, I sent him the song hoping he could spend more time, now I am grown and working, and he passed away just before he could retire.... spend more time with your kids when you can.
by Atela on 11/11/2010 9:37pm
.we can't blame our parents if this situati0n happened c0z they too didn't want it..but they have to so they can pr0vide our needs.it's n0t that easy to raise family n0w in this unstable w0rld..we should have broad mind..we should understand them and return love to them.
by raja on 11/13/2010 1:46am
after the song listen also to UNTITLED from simple plan
by Mark2050 on 11/29/2010 1:25pm
I have been the Dad in this song and not realised... It has cost me to loose my 2 daughters...
by Shihab on 12/15/2010 10:01pm
great song.!!!.......just loved the lyrics.....its expresses real meanings :)
by GoCool on 1/20/2011 10:08am
sad buh true. Even though im not a father yet, this song taught me already about wot to do in da future. Great song.!!
by Pater Peter on 2/1/2011 9:56am
Dad, I m nobody's son.
by ncndhska on 2/3/2011 3:51pm
nice
by enis on 2/5/2011 6:44am
The song has terrible mistake,logic one.
He didn't have time for his son, but his son, later, don't have time for father, but have time for his own children ("the kids have the flu" excuse for refusing meeting with his father. It seems like this song is about revenge, not about that his son become like he.
by jahzenki on 3/4/2011 11:23pm
it strikes deep in my heart, i can relate to every aspects of this song.
another song reminds me of this, THE SADDEST SONG - ATARIS.
ILOVE YOU ENYA, ILOVE YOU IA, ILOVE YOU AYRI I LOVE YOU ZEN and ILOVE YOU TATAY.
by mens on 3/11/2011 2:52am
i was enlighten about this songs!
by M on 3/14/2011 4:21pm
Apple doesnt fall far away from the apple tree..
by paolo3078 on 4/15/2011 4:02am
It's hard to be a parents but give and do our best as a parents...
by puskar on 4/22/2011 11:49pm
jus cool music and lyrics
by Stuart Carter on 5/1/2011 3:23pm
A very touching song, with very real lyrics. I have missed much of my elder sons lives due to break ups, and now have a young son that I am missing out on due to work commitments. To make a difference would take a very life changing decision. Life is hard!
by Ram on 11/23/2011 6:23pm
This song scares me too. They don't make 'em like they used to.
by lu see fear on 4/15/2012 4:07pm
i fuckin' love this song!!
by benzar kumaha ainx on 4/27/2012 8:51am
It's so motherfucker great...!!!
by Anonymous on 6/10/2012 12:17pm
LOVE THIS SONG!!!!!!!!
by another anonymous on 2/20/2013 3:39am
this is the best song in the world!!!
by Poetic Justice? on 4/21/2013 4:20am
Looking at the spaces between comments you see the time between them increase
Like it or not, even those that come here are like the son in a way, they have less time to come and "visit" each year
I also tried to find an analogue for the dad in the song but I couldn't, sorry
Great song ofc. but that goes without saying
by Richard Foster on 11/30/2013 5:53am
you all know its a cover right???? and they have changed the lyrics slightly, its quite an old song


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