About the song

Cats In The Cradle is a folk rock song by Harry Chapin, released in 1974 as the lead single from his album Verities & Balderdash. The song tells the story of a father who is too busy with his work to spend time with his son, who grows up to be just like him. The song is based on a poem written by Chapin’s wife, Sandy, who was inspired by her first husband’s relationship with his father. The song became Chapin’s only number-one hit on the US Billboard Hot 100 and is considered his signature song. The song has been covered by many artists, such as Ugly Kid Joe, Johnny Cash, and Ricky Skaggs. The song has also been used in various movies and TV shows, such as Shrek the Third, The Office, and The Simpsons. The song is widely regarded as a classic of folk rock music and a powerful reminder of the importance of family.