Australian singles chart:
Cat’s in the Cradle entered the Kent Music Report on 16 December 1974 and peaked at #6. The song was #52 on the Top 100 of 1975.
The song is on Verities And Balderdash which entered the Kent Music Report album charts on 25 November 1974 and peaked at #15.
This heartbreaking song tells of a father and son who can’t schedule time to be with each other, and it serves as a warning against putting one’s career before family. The verses start out with a natural harmony and depict the tale of a father with his newborn son. Although dad gets the necessities of child rearing accomplished, he doesn’t allow himself to put in quality time with his son because of his career. Initially, this seems like no big deal because of his hectic and oblivious life working and paying bills.
The recurring verse has the son saying, “I’m gonna be like you Dad, you know I’m gonna be like you…”
Over time, both father and son grow into a switching of life roles. The father realises his son’s ambitions of college, grades, and driving, and wants to spend more time with him, yet slowly grasps the reality that now his son has no time for such things. In the last verse, Chapin illustrates that the son is all grown up with a fast-paced job and kids of his own. In a glaring twist of roles, we see that the son now has no time to spend with his father. With a heavy heart, dad realises that his boy has become just like him.
Read more: www.songfacts.com/facts/harry-chapin/cats-in-the-cradle
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