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Reflections on the Harry Chapin folk song from 1974.
1My child arrived just the other day2He came to the world in the usual way3But there were planes to catch and bills to pay4He learned to walk while I was away5And he was talkin' 'fore I knew it, and as he grew6He'd say "I'm gonna be like you, Dad7You know I'm gonna be like you"89And the cat's in the cradle and the silver spoon10Little boy blue and the man on the moon11When you comin' home, Dad12I don't know when, but we'll get together then13You know we'll have a good time then1415My son turned ten just the other day16He said, "Thanks for the ball, Dad, come on let's play17Can you teach me to throw", I said "Not today18I got a lot to do", he said, "That's ok"19And he walked away but his smile never dimmed20And said, "I'm gonna be like him, yeah21You know I'm gonna be like him"2223And the cat's in the cradle and the silver spoon24Little boy blue and the man on the moon25When you comin' home, Dad26I don't know when, but we'll get together then27You know we'll have a good time then2829Well, he came from college just the other day30So much like a man I just had to say31"Son, I'm proud of you, can you sit for a while"32He shook his head and said with a smile33"What I'd really like, Dad, is to borrow the car keys34See you later, can I have them please"3536And the cat's in the cradle and the silver spoon37Little boy blue and the man on the moon38When you comin' home son39I don't know when, but we'll get together then, Dad40You know we'll have a good time then4142I've long since retired, my son's moved away43I called him up just the other day44I said, "I'd like to see you if you don't mind"45He said, "I'd love to, Dad, if I can find the time46You see my new job's a hassle and the kids have the flu47But it's sure nice talking to you, Dad48It's been sure nice talking to you"4950And as I hung up the phone it occurred to me51He'd grown up just like me52My boy was just like me5354And the cat's in the cradle and the silver spoon55Little boy blue and the man in the moon56When you comin' home son57I don't know when, but we'll get together then, Dad58We're gonna have a good time then
Am I the son?
Did I smile to keep face for my father?
Am I becoming the father?
Do I prioritize the business of life over relationships?
Does the father even recognize what he's done?