Song of the Day: Harry Chapin – “Cat’s in the Cradle”

Today marks the birthday of singer-songwriter Harry Chapin, who was killed in a car accident at age 38 when his Volkswagen Rabbit collided with a tractor-trailer truck, which caused his car to burst into flames. The truck’s driver and another individual were able to pull Chapin from the vehicle, but doctors were unable to revive him after he arrived at the hospital. This famous track, which was Chapin’s only No. 1 single in the U.S., tells the story of a father’s relationship with his son. The early verses of the song depict the father being too busy to spend time with his young son, and then later in the song, the tables are turned when the father wants to spend time with his son, but the son, now grown-up, isn’t finding time to spend with his father. “Frankly, this song scares me to death,” Chapin once said, which from a father’s perspective is more than understandable.

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