Crazy Cat Lady’s Christmas Calendar – Day 9

This Monday calls for a true classic, and what better song to fit the bill than “Cat’s in the Cradle” (1974) by Harry Chapin. The song tells the story of an elusive father-son relationship, a story which, in Chapin’s words, “scares him to death”.

The idea for the song lyrics came from a poem Chapin’s wife Sandy had written. Inspired by the poem, Chapin put together a folk rock staple, the impact of which has been phenomenal. The record was a popular gift from children to parents at the time of its release, ministers used the story in their sermons, and its lyrics were widely cited on Father’s Day. Television series like ”The Simpsons”, “The Family Guy” and “Modern Family” have also featured ”Cat’s in the Cradle” in their storylines.

The song has spawned several covers, the most famous one of which is Ugly Kid Joe’s single from 1993. For your listening pleasure, below you’ll find both versions. Listen to your favourite one. Or both. Because that’s what life is about – choices!

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