"Tangled Up Puppet" as written by and Harry F./chapin Chapin....
I'm a tangled up puppet,
Spinning round in knots,
And the more I see what I used to be,
The less of you I've got.

There was a time that you curled up in my lap; like a child
You'd cling to me smiling, yours eyes wide and wild
Now you slip through my arms, wave a passing hello
Twist away and toss a kiss, laughing as you go

You used to say "Read me a story and sing me songs of love"
For you were Princess Paradise like your wings of a dove
Now I chase you and tease you trying to remake you my own
But you just turn away and say "please leave me alone."

And I'm a tangled up puppet
All hanging in your strings
I'm a butterfly in a spider's web
Fluttering my wings

And the more that I keep dancing
And spinning round in knots
The more I see what I used to be
And the less of you I've got

You are a drawer full of makeup and rinses and things
You keep changing your moods like your earrings and rings
But tonight while we played tag for five minutes in the yard
Just for a moment I caught you off guard
But now you write your secret poems
In a room just for your dreams
You don't find time to talk to me
About the things you mean
And what I mean is

I have watched you take shape from a jumble of parts
And find the grace and form of a fine work of art
Hey, you, my brand new woman, newly come into your own
Don't you know that you don't need to grow up all alone


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"Tangled Up Puppet" as written by Sandy Chapin Harry F. Chapin

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    General CommentI always cry when I hear this song because it reminds me of my dad who died when I was 12. Being 15, I feel so much older knowing that I could've been more of his friend as a pre-teen rather than a little snob.
    TheModNymphon September 26, 2002   Link
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    General CommentAs the father of a young lady who is growing up oh so fast, this song always give me pause, and make me reconsider just what she means to me and how much I love her.
    storysongmanon December 26, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis song is the complement song to Cat's in the Cradle (Both were written by his wife) and takes a reverse perspective: the child grows up not wanting to be with his/her parents.
    Armoon May 06, 2007   Link
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    General CommentWhen I first heard this song I was waiting for my little girls to come out to me after school. It struck me as the perfect song to listen to over the years and as I watched them grow and change, I was most definitely a very tangled up puppet waiting for the moments I could catch them off guard.
    carubieon August 16, 2014   Link
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    General CommentThe basis for this song was HC's oldest daughter, and in fact on the single release and in his introductions on TV and in concert he would call it "Song For Jaime" - Inspired by Jaime's real life move from kid to teenager and the more adult behavior and changes in relationship that naturally come with that, which HC & his wife were dealing with when the song was written.
    FlairFan01on January 08, 2015   Link

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