Cats in the cradle

This song – ‘Cats in the cradle’ – is one of the songs that always bring a tear or two in my eyes whenever I hear it. I never really thought much about it until one day, one of the priests at the catechism class that I was helping out at printed out the lyrics and shared them with the students and catechists. This song was to be our lesson for the day. At first thought, one would think he’s a really cool priest to be sharing a rock song with the kids and what has it got to do with the church anyway.

I was wrong. I never looked at this song the same way again for some of life’s important lessons for me lies in those mere lyrics.

Yesterday, I learned that a perennial condition that my dad had may no longer be fixed and it saddened me a lot. I realised that my parents are no longer the infallible beings that they used to be, they have grown older inevitably and I wished I did more to shower the care and attention they so deserve as they approach their twilight years. I know I still can. Excuses of ‘I’m busy’ are real convenient to just use. I’m guilty of that and perhaps this is the wake-up call I need to just drop a line or two or better yet, make a whole lot more effort to spend time with them. There’s no need for exchange of words nor feelings for I know just being there for them would make them a little happier.

Cats in the cradle – Lyrics

My 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 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 son
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 son?
I don’t know when, but we’ll get together then son
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 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 son?
I don’t know when, but we’ll get together then son
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 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 son
You know we’ll have a good time then

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One thought on “Cats in the cradle

  1. gimmeamuffin says:

    hugs babe. it’s never too late. and thanks for sharing the song. I never realised how meaningful the lyrics are too.

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