Harry Chapin- “Cat’s in the Cradle”

13 Jun


“Cat’s in the Cradle”

is a 1974 folk rock song by Harry Chapin from the album Verities & Balderdash. The single topped the Billboard Hot 100 in December 1974. As Chapin’s only No. 1 hit song, it became the best known of his work and a staple for folk rock music. Chapin’s recording of the song was nominated for the 1975 Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2011.[2][3]

The song’s lyrics began as a poem written by Harry’s wife, Sandra “Sandy” Gaston; the poem itself was inspired by the awkward relationship between her first husband, James Cashmore, and his father, John, a politician who served as Brooklyn Borough President. She was also inspired by a country music song she had heard on the radio.[4] Harry also said the song was about his own relationship with his son, Josh, admitting, “Frankly, this song scares me to death.”[5]



7 responses to “Harry Chapin- “Cat’s in the Cradle”

  1. veritaslib3rat

    June 6, 2016 at 2:17 pm

    Love the song! May we not get too busy…..

    Liked by 1 person

  2. ronbrownx

    June 6, 2016 at 6:27 pm

    Makes you want to hug your sons and daughters and SHOW them how much you love them. Time passes so swiftly!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. slesser1013

    June 7, 2016 at 6:56 am

    Reblogged this on Hope & Love Radio.


  4. America On Coffee

    June 7, 2016 at 10:16 am

    Thanks for the reblog!;-)


  5. quirkywritingcorner

    June 10, 2016 at 10:02 pm

    Reblogged this on quirkywritingcorner.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. America On Coffee

    June 12, 2016 at 8:04 am

    Thank you for the reblog!


  7. Light Ministry Blog

    March 13, 2017 at 11:34 am

    A sad backstory on this song indeed!




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