Harry Chapin - Cat's in the Cradle (Kalimba Tab)

Cat's in the Cradle by Harry Chapin is a poignant and thought-provoking song that explores the themes of fatherhood, family dynamics, and the passage of time. The song tells the story of a father and son relationship over the years, chronicling the father's initial absence and lack of time spent with his son due to his busy life and work commitments.

As the son grows up, he longs for his father's attention and presence, but the father continually puts off spending quality time with him, always citing other responsibilities. As time passes, the roles reverse, and the son grows up to become like his father, busy with his own life and responsibilities. Now, it is the father who longs for time with his son, but the son is too busy to visit.

In the end, the song reflects on the regret and missed opportunities for connection between the father and son. The song serves as a cautionary tale about the importance of prioritising family and cherishing the moments spent together, as well as the consequences of neglecting those relationships in pursuit of other goals. The song's bittersweet melody and heartfelt lyrics have made it a timeless classic that resonates with listeners of all generations. Below is the introduction for the song so that you can play it on kalimba, when the full song becomes available we will add it to this tab. 

Letter notes

E° (B° B) (B° B) B° C°°# B° C° B C° B F°# E° F°# B D° F°# E°

E° D° B A# A A# A E (A D) D# (D# F#) (B E)

(E° E°) (B° B) (B° B) C°°# B° A° A° F°# E° F°# B D° E° F°# E°

E° D° B A# A G E D F# E

Number notation

3° (7° 7) (7° 7) 7° 1°°# 7° 1° 7 1° 7 4°# 3° 4°# 7 2° 4°# 3°

3° 2° 7 6# 6 6# 6 3 (6 2) 2# (2# 4#) (7 3)

(3° 3°) (7° 7) (7° 7) 1°°# 7° 6° 6° 4°# 3° 4°# 7 2° 3° 4°# 3°

3° 2° 7 6# 6 5 3 2 4# 3

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