Sunday, June 20, 2010

I Hope This Is The Most Unusual Father's Day Tribute You See Today



First video is the original Cat's in the Cradle. Sung by the guy who wrote it with his wife. Only Accept the Original. I wish all those people who covered this song were not born. There is only one. Unfortunately with the pulls of modern life and certain things that encroach upon the idealism that is present when " a child is born", it's not all Hallmark moments. This song is so true and no wonder it's a staple in comedy with Chris Elliot and The Simpsons etc.


Harry left us very suddenly , which adds to the sadness of the song. Details here. Just in case you did not know it. 70s music rules!

Second video is the Get A Life Episode Dadicus. In it's own way a great Father and Son Tribute. Twisted maybe, but great in my book. Granted y'all know my book by now: Warped.



Ed








Cat's in the Cradle
by Sandy & Harry Chapin

My child arrived just the other day,
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.
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 in the moon.
"When you coming home, dad?" "I don't know when,
But we'll get together then.
You know we'll 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 dimmmed,
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 in the moon.
"When you coming home, dad?" "I don't know when,
But we'll get together then.
You know we'll 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 in the moon.
"When you coming home, son?" "I don't know when,
But we'll get together then, dad.
You know we'll 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 got 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 in the moon.
"When you coming home, son?" "I don't know when,
But we'll get together then, dad.
You know we'll have a good time then."



Links
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pk_eCI19RIs





http://www.harrychapin.com/misc/howdied.shtml
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0587642/


Harry Chapin comments from Youtube


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DJL1955
6 months ago 12
You really had to see Harry "live" to truly appreciate him - I think I saw him several times back in the 70's/80's ...his rapport with the audience, his sincerity - the way he put his heart and soul into his songs were all special ...also his charity work with world hunger was legendary ...how could you not like this guy... his songs were never main stream , but for a lot us who loved his music it was not about being popular music or trendy .. it was relating to the people he sang about ...
DJL1955 6 months ago 12

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onekgguy
6 months ago
Very well said.
onekgguy 6 months ago

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mjhanny21
4 months ago 21
What I would give to have music like this, in times like these.
A well written song can change the world... Unfortunately all of the 'artist' these days have no message in their song.
I find it hard to call them artists at all, because they're not making art.
mjhanny21 4 months ago 21

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andiserov
10 hours ago
@mjhanny21 dont you think that people in 30 years will think the same about some acts from "our" time. it has nothing to do with good or bad artists but the natural love for nostalgia.
andiserov 10 hours ago
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cooliestkidsontheblo
2 days ago
Every son desires to be like his father, even if their father has done wrong, there is still the desire and i feel this song captures that desire
cooliestkidsontheblo 2 days ago
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leesheila69

4 days ago
@DJL1955 you are right about seeing him in concert. i first listen to harry from a simulcast of 96.1 FM and ogelthorpe university in 1974 in atlanta, ga. the very next year i went to his concert and was surprise at the crowd, who sat in stillness, stretching to hear each story he had to tell. i went to all of his concerts until the year he died. his songs made you laugh,cry and love. like you said he was not popular or trendy but he had stories of life that occurred everyday. he is truly missed
leesheila69 4 days ago
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jjlocksmith
1 week ago
Great video just like I remember seeing him in concert. Truly a great poet and visionary, an instant classic, ever truer today than when first released.
Sure do miss you Harry.
jjlocksmith 1 week ago
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spacehopper75
1 week ago
@xcoper619 my heart goes out to you it really does.my 15 year olds dad has only seen him once, my heart breaks
spacehopper75 1 week ago

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honkytrousers
2 weeks ago
People who say all the artist these days have no message in their songs are listening to the wrong channels. Stop listening to top 40 commercial cold hard cash icy cold coke radio stations.
honkytrousers 2 weeks ago
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Wagman1960


The more I hear this song the more I miss my dad, he's been gone about a year now. We lived this song until the last year or two. And to me the song is more about the father setting an example for his son that the son follows.
Wagman1960 2 weeks ago


2 weeks ago
this is truly amazing thanks for posting this... i listened to him growing up. my son is doing a play for fifth grade and this is one of the songs in it thanks again for posting this i think i might just have to sub to you