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My child arrived just the other day

He came to the world in the usual way

But there planes to catch

And bills to pay

He learned to walk while I was away

And he talkin’ ’fore I new 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 comin’ home, Dad?"

"I don’t know when but we’ll get together then, Son;

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 okay."

And he walked away, but his smile never dimmed

And 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 comin’ home, Dad?"

"I don’t know when -- but we’ll get together then, Son;

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?"

"When you comin’ 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 can find the time,

You see, my new job’s a hassle and the kids have the flu

But it’s sure nice talkin’ to you, Dad;

It’s sure nice talkin’ to you."

And as I hung up the phone, it occurred to me,

He’d grown up just like me -- my son was just like me.

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