My child arrived just the other day
Came to the world in the usual way
But there were planes to catch, bills to pay
He learned to walk while I was away
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 cats in the cradle and the silver spoon
The little boy blue and the man on the moon
"When you coming home?" - " Son, I don´t know when...
We'll get together then...
You know we'll have a good time then!"

Well, my son turned ten just the other day
He said : "Thanks for the ball, dad! Come on, let´s play.
Could you teach me to throw?"
I said : "Not today.
I've got a lot to do."
He said : "That´s okay."
And he walked away, and he smiled and he said, : "You know, I'm gonna be like him, yeah. You know, I'm gonna be like him."


Well, he came from college just the other day
So much like a man I just had to say :
"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?"


Well, I've long since retired, my son has moved away
I called him up just the other day :
"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 was sure nice talking to you, dad. It's been sure nice talking to you."
And as he hung up the phone, it occurred to me -
He'd grown up just like me. Yeah, my boy was just like me.

Chorus (2x)

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    General CommentThis is a really great song. It's actually pretty sad. It is originally by Harry Chapin who's mom wrote it and sang to him as a lullaby when he was a child.
    EmilyBrooke182on September 17, 2007   Link

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