Cats In The Cradle Song Analysis

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Cats in the Cradle

Cats in the Cradle, a song by Harry Chapin, was a very popular song back in 1974, that featured in Top One-Hundred charts around the world. The song was intended to be a poem, but its deep lyrics and smooth rhythms led it to become one of the most successful rock songs of its time. ‘Cats in the Cradle’ depicts the story of a father, and the life he had with his son. As good as that may seem, the song is about how the father was absent from his son’s life, and how he taught his son to grow up just like him. The song’s message is felt by fathers across the world to this day and reminds them to take advantage of every day they spend with their sons. The message is that time is precious, and if you fail to build a solid relationship with your son while they are young, it could be too late to recover once they have grown up. The first verse of the song shares the troubled relationship between the father and son, when it said, “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.” This verse explained that he was away on some type of career to make money for the family, and provide for the son financially. However, he wasn’t able to spend quality time with him, and missed important milestones in his life, such as taking his first steps. His career obviously came before his son and family, and he made excuses for that. Then it finishes with the chorus, which says, “when you
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