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Cat’s in the cradle and the silver spoon
“When you coming home, dad?”
Little boy blue and the man in the moon
“When you coming home, dad?”

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 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.”

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 okay.”
And he walked away, but his smile never dimmed
He 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, son.
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?”


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 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!





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