Cats In The Cradle by Harry Chapin

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Cats In The Cradle is a Harry Chapin classic. The song tells the story about a man who never has time for his son and then the son grows up to not have time for the dad. The song became Chapin’s only #1 hit when it was released in 1973.

Cats In the Cradle is based on a poem written by his wife Sandy Chapin that inspired by her first husband’s relationship with his father. Harry Chapin added the chorus and the music for the song. Sandy Chapin was given co-writing credits for the song.

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Song Data: Cats In The Cradle EDIT

Album: Verities & Balderdash
Original Release Date: November 30, 1973
Label: Rhino/Elektra
Copyright: 2004 Atlantic Recording Corp. Manufactured & Marketed by Warner Strategic Marketing
Song Length: 3:46

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Song Trivia: Cats In The Cradle EDIT

  • Some people have mistakenly believed that this song was written and performed by Cat Stevens.
  • Cats in the Cradle was a #1 hit. The song that preceded it at #1 was Kung Fu Fighting.

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TheCrazyEditor (almost 7 years ago)

Thank you for this site. I can't believe that so many people, even people like Jack Black, are saying this was done by Cat Stevens. Harry Chapin and obviously his wife, Sandy Chapin deserve the credit for this well done song. It really shows how are kids can end up doing the exact things they were shown as children. I believe the son did this with everyone and not just his father. Sad but a true song, even for daughters.

Thanks again.

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