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song lyrics and mp3 audio files http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/songs/ (all of which are a part of this Web site) can be accessed simply by selecting the "htm" file for the song you want;

poetry http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/poetry.htm;

quotations http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/quotations.htm; and

essays written by Larry Blakeley http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/articles/articles_larry_blakeley.htm,

all of which are used to tell the story in this Web site, can be accessed by going to each respective link set out above.

My son, Larry Blakeley http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/larryblakeley_photos_jpeg.htm manages this Web site and the following Web sites:

Larry Blakeley (Contact Info: larry at larryblakeley.com)

Leslie (Blakeley) Adkins - my granddaughter

Lori Ann Blakeley (June 20, 1985 - May 4, 2005) - my granddaughter

Evan Blakeley- my grandson

Major Roy James Blakeley (December 10, 1928 - July 22, 1965) - USAF (KIA)

When I was young my dad would say
Come on son let's go out and play

A 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 before I knew it - and as he grew,
he said, "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.
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 lets 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 going to 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.
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 comin' home, Son?"
"I don’t know when,
but we'll get together then.
You know we'll have a good time then."

I’ve long since retired, 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 kids have 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 had 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 comin' home, Son?"
"I don’t know when,
but we'll get together then.
You know we'll have a good time then."

- "Cat's in the Cradle," Sandy and Harry Chapin.

Performed by Johnny Cash (lyrics differ slightly from above); MP3/Audio File (3.5 MB) http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/songs/johnny_cash/cat's_in_cradle_johnny_cash.mp3

Performed by Ugly Kid Joe (lyrics differ slightly from above); MP3/Audio File (3.7 MB) http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/songs/cat's_in_cradle_ugly_kid_joe.mp3

Performed by Harry Chapin (lyrics as written above); MP3/Audio File (3.5 MB) http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/songs/cat's_in_cradle_harry_chapin.mp3

Album: Verities and Balderdash

Label: Elektra

Release Date: September 1974

Harry Chapin (December 7, 1942 - July 16, 1981)