Cats in the cradle....
by Chief Alchemist a.k.a Wiley Chin - August 20, 2007 Posted: 12:43:11 PM EDT

A good friend of mine sent me this article about guys who know that they have to do better than their dads in this challenging times. Here's an excerpt;

According to a study in 2002 by the Families and Work Institute, a research group, Generation X fathers (those age 23 to 37 at the time) spent significantly more workday time caring for and doing things with their children (an average of 3.4 hours each workday) than Boomer fathers did (2.2 hours each workday). Generation Y fathers will continue the trend, the institute predicts.


 

'This is one of the strongest trends we've seen,' said Ellen Galinsky, the president of the institute. 'When people ask 'What is the story of your data?' it's a men's story. Men are really different. It may be an evolution rather than a revolution. But it really is a change.'


 

Several factors may have precipitated that change, Ms. Galinsky said, including younger fathers who saw their own parents give their all to companies that ultimately downsized; technology that enables fathers to be home while also remotely connected to the office; and a post-9/11 family-first mentality.


 

'I have heard so many men say, 'My company is not going to hold my hand when I'm sick,' ' Ms. Galinsky said. 'The 'Cat's in the Cradle' song that this generation grew up with meant something.' 

Read this article here.

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/08/16/fashion/16dads.html?_r=1&em&ex=1187496000&e&oref=slogin

 

And there's the song, Cat's in the Cradle. The version I remember as a young kid was sung by Cat Steven, but I can't find it on Youtube. This one is by Ugly Kid Joe.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T3bht7S-3vI

CATS IN A CRADLE.

'My child arrived just the other day,
He came through 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.'

And the cat's in the cradle and the silver spoon, Little boy blue and the man on the moon.
'When you coming home, dad?' 'I don't know when, But we'll get together then.
were gonna have a good time then.'

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 ok.'
And he walked away, but his smile never dimmed,and 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 on the moon.
'When you coming home, dad?' 'I don't know when, But we'll get together then.
were gonna 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?' 

And the cat's in the cradle and the silver spoon,
Little boy blue and the man on the moon.
'When you coming home, son?' 'I don't know when,
But we'll get together then, dad.
were gonna have a good time then.'

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 kid's 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. 

And the cat's in the cradle and the silver spoon,
Little boy blue and the man on the moon.
'When you coming home, son?'
'I don't know when, But we'll get together then, dad.
you know well have a good time then.'

 

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A man from far away said...

Actually "Cats in the cradle" was never sung by Cat Stevens, but originated from Harry Chapin in '74 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jLzMw5hKoVk&mode=related&search=

3/9/2007 


Chief Alchemist a.k.a Wiley Chin said...

The truth is, I remembered the song sung by Cat Stevens. I had this compilation of his songs, and together with Morning Has Broken was the song Cats in a Cradle.

5/9/2007 


polecatjoe said...

Your memory is faulty- "Cat's in the cradle" was not written, and to the best of my knowledge was never performed, by Cat Stevens. It was a Harry Chapin song all the way.

3/10/2007 


sgee said...

I also remember having a Best of Cat Stevens album that had the
 
song Father and Son.   I just found the song list on the 1975 Best of Cats Stevens Album

Greatest Hits (Cat Stevens album)

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Greatest Hits
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Greatest hits by Cat Stevens
Released 1975
Length 39:16
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Greatest Hits is an album by Cat Stevens, released in 1975.

[edit] Track listing

  1. "Wild World" – 3:22
  2. "Oh Very Young" – 2:34
  3. "Can't Keep It In" – 2:59
  4. "Hard Headed Woman" – 3:49
  5. "Moonshadow" – 2:49
  6. "Two Fine People" – 3:33
  7. "Peace Train" – 4:13
  8. "Ready" – 3:16
  9. "Father & Son" – 3:41
  10. "Sitting" – 3:13
  11. "Morning Has Broken" – 3:18
  12. "Another Saturday Night" – 2:29


23/10/2007 


Abbaskip said...

Cat Stevens DEFINITELY never recorded Cats in the Cradle, and he didn't write it.

Harry Chapin was the first to record it, and anyone that downloads a version sung by "Cat Stevens" simply has a version sung by Harry Chapin, where someone has the mp3/wma etc ID tag wrong.


8/12/2007 


Abbaskip said...

The reasonfor the confusion, is that Cat Stevens' most famous song, Father and Son, is of slightly similar topic, length, and sound...

Plus the name Cat, I guess people just put two and two together and make about twenty six! :P

8/12/2007 


Matt B said...

Cat Stevens DID NOT record Cats in the Cradle. The confusion comes from the fact that in1977 he did record and album "Cat's Cradle". It had 10 cuts on it.... 1. Matthew and Son 2. I Love My Dog 3. Here Comes My Baby 4. Baby Get Your Head Screwed On 5. Moonstone 6. The First Cut Is the Deepest 7. Come on Baby (Shift That Log) 8. Kitty 9. Northern Wind 10. Bring Another Bottle Baby http://music.yahoo.com/release/62437 Also check out the Wikipedia entry on this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat's_in_the_Cradle

22/3/2008 


Matt B said...

Cat Stevens DID NOT record Cats in the Cradle. The confusion comes from the fact that in1977 he did record and album "Cat's Cradle". It had 10 cuts on it.... 1. Matthew and Son 2. I Love My Dog 3. Here Comes My Baby 4. Baby Get Your Head Screwed On 5. Moonstone 6. The First Cut Is the Deepest 7. Come on Baby (Shift That Log) 8. Kitty 9. Northern Wind 10. Bring Another Bottle Baby http://music.yahoo.com/release/62437 Also check out the Wikipedia entry on this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat's_in_the_Cradle

22/3/2008 


StandingStrong said...

Nevermind where and who sang the song from what every posting was concerned about, but the wordings were so touching, so important to just spend those "precious moments" with our children and love ones.  And the children years in the home is just almost 2 decades with their family.

14/4/2009 


Faithful said...

I cannot find any recording by Cat Stevens where he performs Cats in the Cradle.  Cat Stevens did, however, write the music with Harry Chapin's wife credited for writing the words.

25/1/2011 


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