Oops, an error
Loading. Please wait.
We have Chord Pro version of Cats In The Cradle.
It's the closest thing you can get to the original song and it has interactive parts. Check out the tab »
×
5,879 views 9 this week
no commentswrite comment
1 2 3 4 5
x 7
add to favorites
×
Save as Personal and add changes to this tab that will be seen only by you. Learn more ›
×
You can save this tab as Personal to edit and correct it or add notes. All changes will be seen only by you. Learn more »
launch autoscroll
font size
0
reset
transpose
0
reset
display chords
guitar tuner
edit
Autoscroll
slow
fast
+/-
esc
set tempo
stop
Strumming
There is no strumming pattern for this song yet. and get +5 IQ
#-------------------------------PLEASE NOTE-------------------------------------#
# This file is the author's own work and represents their interpretation of the #
# song. You may only use this file for private study, scholarship, or research. #
#-------------------------------------------------------------------------------#
Cats In The Cradle chords
Harry Chapin *

Capo I

E  D E

   E                      G
My child arrived just the other day
   A                        E
He came to the world in the usual way
                                   G
But there were planes to catch and bills to pay
   A                       E
He learned to walk while I was away
           D               A            Bm    A
And he was talkin' 'fore I knew it, and as he grew
              G     Bm      E
He'd say "I'm gonna be like you dad
    G              Bm      E
You know I'm gonna be like you"

        E                           D
And the cat's in the cradle and the silver spoon
G                       A
Little boy blue and the man on the moon
E 
When you comin' home dad?
  D                    G           Bm     E
I don't know when, but we'll get together then son
    G                 Bm        E
You know we'll have a good time then

E  D E

   E                       G
My son turned ten just the other day
          A                         E
He said, "Thanks for the ball, Dad, come on let's play
                                    G
Can you teach me to throw", I said "Not today
  A                           E
I got a lot to do", he said, "That's ok"
       D       A           Bm          A
And he walked away but his smile never dimmed
               G     Bm           E
And said, "I'm gonna be like him, yeah
    G              Bm      E
You know I'm gonna be like him"

        E                           D
And the cat's in the cradle and the silver spoon
G                       A
Little boy blue and the man on the moon
E
When you comin' home dad?
  D                    G           Bm     E
I don't know when, but we'll get together then son
    G                 Bm        E
You know we'll have a good time then

E  D E

         E                               G
Well, he came home from college just the other day
A                         E
So much like a man I just had to say
                                G
"Son, I'm proud of you, can you sit for a while?"
   A                  E
He shook his head and said with a smile
          D            A          Bm             A
"What I'd really like, Dad, is to borrow the car keys
G                    E
See you later, can I have them please?"

        E                           D
And the cat's in the cradle and the silver spoon
G                       A
Little boy blue and the man on the moon
E
When you comin' home son?
  D                    G           Bm     E
I don't know when, but we'll get together then 
    G                 Bm        E
You know we'll have a good time then

C D Bm E  2x

     E                      G
I've long since retired, my son's moved away
  A                      E
I called him up just the other day
                                G
I said, "I'd like to see you if you don't mind"
              A                      E
He said, "I'd love to, Dad, if I can find the time
           D           A          Bm            A
You see my new job's a hassle and kids have the flu
         G         Bm         E
But it's sure nice talking to you, Dad
          G         Bm         E
It's been sure nice talking to you"

    D                A          Bm        A
And as I hung up the phone it occurred to me
     G        Bm        E
He'd grown up just like me
   G       Bm        E
My boy was just like me

        E                           D
And the cat's in the cradle and the silver spoon
G                       A
Little boy blue and the man on the moon
E
When you comin' home son?
  D                    G           Bm     E
I don't know when, but we'll get together then 
    G                 Bm        E
You know we'll have a good time then

E D  E

* Alternate:

Capo III

E  = D
D  = C
G  = F
A  = G
Bm = Am
C  = Bb

Set8

            
            
Suggest correction
Creating personal tab
Creating personal tab
You can edit any tab online and save it as your Personal.

You can edit, replace or remove any tab part or add personal notes – all changes will be seen only by you.

Personal tabs can be accessed anytime from any device, even offline.
Learn more »
comments
print report bad tab
guest
Wanna post a correction for this tab? Suggest correction