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A punch in the gut - MegaZone's Safety Valve
The Ramblings of a Damaged Mind
zonereyrie
zonereyrie
A punch in the gut
There is one song I have trouble listening to and not just breaking down and crying.
A child arrived just the other day,
He 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.
And he was talking '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 in the moon.
"When you coming 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,
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 in the moon.
"When you coming 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 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 cat's in the cradle and the silver spoon,
Little boy blue and the man in the moon.
"When you coming 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 and 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 cat's in the cradle and the silver spoon,
Little boy blue and the man in the moon.
"When you coming home, son?" "I don't know when,
But we'll get together then, dad.
You know we'll have a good time then."

I am: crying
Current Media: Harry Chapin - Cats in the Cradle

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Comments
mackys From: mackys Date: January 3rd, 2004 10:13 am (UTC) (Direct Link)

Great song.

I first heard it on MTV of all places. Some two-hit wonder did a cover, and made a neat video for it.

Time slips away too fast. I never have enough...
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: January 3rd, 2004 06:39 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Ugly Kid Joe.

Their version of the song I actually kind of like - it is still sad but it doesn't hit be as bad as the original.
mackys From: mackys Date: January 4th, 2004 01:07 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)

Holy shit, really?

I like Ugly Kid Joe's song _I Hate Everything About You_, but I had no idea they were the ones who did the cover of Cats In The Cradle. Wow.
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