This is our new feature called "Obscure Song Monday" . Each week we spotlight a song from the 70's or 80's  that was a big hit on the charts, but over time, seemed to have been forgotten about.

This week we feature folk singer Harry Chapin's #1 from December, 1974 - "Cat's In the Cradle". It came from his 1974 album Verities & Balderdash.

According to, this song deals with learning life's lessons too late, especially when it comes to your children. It tells the story of a father who put his career ahead of his family, mainly his young son. Over time, father and son switch life roles. The father comes to realize his now teenage son has goals and ambitions of his own and has no time for him.

The recurring verse in the song is, "I'm gonna be like you Dad, you know I'm gonna be like you..."

The video below is the story of "Cat's In the Cradle" as told by Harry Chapin's widow, Sandy and son Josh.

Harry has said "Cat's In the Cradle" was about his relationship with his son, Josh (as seen in the above video).

It was Chapin's only #1 song and was nominated for the 1975 Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. In 2011, "Cat's In the Cradle" was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.


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