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(@rodders)
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Nice easy one for strumming (Please dont ask me for the fingerpicking)

E G
A child arrived just the other day
A E
Came to the world in the usual way
E G
There were planes to catch, bills to pay
A E
He learned to walk while I was away
D
He was talking 'fore I knew it and when he could, he said
G E
"I'm gonna be like you, dad,
G E
You know I'm gonna be like you"
CHORUS
E G
The cats in the cradle and the silver spoon
G A
Little boy blue and a man on the moon
E G
When you comin' home son, I don't know when
D E
We'll get together then,
G E
You know we'll have a good time then
VERSE 2
E G
My son turned ten just the other day
A E
He said "Thanks for the ball dad, come on, let's play
E G
Could you teach me to throw?", I said "Not today
A E
I got a lot to do", he said "That's OK"
D G
He walked away with a smile on his face, he said
E
"I'm gonna be like him, yeah,
G E
you know I'm gonna be like him"
CHORUS
E G
The cats in the cradle and the silver spoon
G A
Little boy blue and a man on the moon
E G
When you comin' home son, I don't know when
D E
We'll get together then,
G E
You know we'll have a good time then
VERSE 3
E G
Well he came from college just the other day
A E
So much like a man I just have to say
E G
I'm proud of you, could you sit for a while
A E
He shook his head and he said with a smile
D
What I'm feeling like, dad, is to borrow the car keys
G E
see you later, can I have them please
CHORUS
E G
The cats in the cradle and the silver spoon
G A
Little boy blue and a man on the moon
E G
When you comin' home son, I don't know when
D E
We'll get together then,
G E
You know we'll have a good time then
BRIDGE - Three parts simultaneously
Electrical guitar
VERSE 4
E G
I've long since retired, my son moved away
A E
I called him up just the other day
E G
I'd like to see you, if you don't mind
A E
He said: I'd love to, dad, if I could find the time.
D
You see, my new job's hassle and the kids got the flu,
G E
but it's sure nice talking to you dad,
G E
it was sure nice talking to you.
VERSE 5
D
And as I hung up the phone is occurred to me
G E
He'd grown up just like me
G E
My boy was just like me!

For the strumming use a DDDUD pattern

Enjoy.......................

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(@vic-lewis-vl)
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Another one I haven't heard for a while - I know Harry Chapin did the original, who did the cover?

This one's dead easy....nice job, Rodders!

:D :D :D

Vic

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(@oktay)
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Ugly Kid Joe did a cover of this. As a matter of fact, that might be the only version I've ever heard.
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(@rodders)
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Guns n Roses also did a cover. by the way if you want a reminder of the tempo and an amusing twist on the lyrics go here. http://www.bitoffun.com/Notes/cat.mp3

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(@vic-lewis-vl)
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A Rodders arrived just the other day,
Put a song on the Database,
And with his brother, 'nother Beatles fan,
Worked out some songs from that well known band.
A little Buddy Holly, little Lennon too,
I'm going to play like you guys,
I'm going to play like you!

The guitar's in my hand and the amp's plugged in,
The strings are changed, gonna make some din,
When you gonna learn some Rolling Stones?
We'll get together then, man
You know we'll have a good old jam!!!!

:D :D :D

Vic

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(@dogsbody)
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Rodders,

I don't think I know this song Probably if I heard it I'd recognise it. play it to me on Sunday. Then we could try out Vic's new lyrics.

LOL

Chris

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(@drink2much)
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this is a great post, has anybody figured out an intro?

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(@rparker)
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this is a great post, has anybody figured out an intro?

I've seen many versions of the intro on Powertabs.net, but none that I like all that much.

My first reaction, and something I will try later this afternoon, would be to sort of pick at the chords in the fashion that Neil Young did on 'Needle.

....then again, the thought of plugging in my LP into my Line-6 and making it scream sounds good too. That reminds me. Have I taken my meds today?

Roy
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(@greybeard)
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The other version that I've heard was by Cat Stevens
I've got an intro to the Ugly Kid Joe version, that I've scanned -

I started with nothing - and I've still got most of it left.
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(@jonnyt)
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The original recording by Harry Chapin was done with a capo on the 8th fret using some different chord shapes obviously. But it can easily sound like the record by placing a capo on the 1st fret and by playing most of the chords originally shown here... but I have some changes... sorry Rodders :( But thanks for getting me started on this tab.

Here's what I got so far...


CATS IN THE CRADLE – HARRY CHAPIN (E-Z Version)
(Capo 1st Fret / Key of F / 76 BPM)

INTRO:

VERSE 1:

E G
A CHILD ARRIVED JUST THE OTHER DAY
A E
HE CAME TO THE WORLD IN THE USUAL WAY
G
BUT THERE WERE PLANES TO CATCH, AND BILLS TO PAY
A E
HE LEARNED TO WALK WHILE I WAS AWAY
D Bm
AND HE WAS TALKING 'FORE I KNEW IT, AND AS HE GREW, HE'D SAY
G E nc G E
"I'M GONNA BE LIKE YOU, DAD. YOU KNOW I'M GONNA BE LIKE YOU.”

CHORUS:

E D
AND THE CATS IN THE CRADLE AND THE SILVER SPOON
G A
LITTLE BOY BLUE AND THE MAN ON THE MOON
E D
WHEN YOU COMIN' HOME DAD, I DON'T KNOW WHEN
G E G E
BUT WE'LL GET TOGETHER THEN, YOU KNOW WE'LL HAVE A GOOD TIME THEN

And for those who love a good parody, check out this link > http://jflores.com/jokes/chowmein.htm

E doesn't = MC2, E = Fb

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(@vic-lewis-vl)
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Hey Jonnyt, nice to hear from you man, where you been?

You were very active on this forum a while ago.....

:D :D :D

Vic

"Sometimes the beauty of music can help us all find strength to deal with all the curves life can throw us." (D. Hodge.)


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(@lineagecreed)
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oh what a great song, I just got hooked into it this weekend and thx to you guys, I may be able to play it on my guitar!

I especailly love the chorus, stevens made it sound like the dad telling his son in the first half and as the son telling his dad in the second half all with the same lyrics...amazing!


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(@seamonkey77ca)
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johnny cash did it to.


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(@katreich)
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I need to get the word to the parody!

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(@jonnyt)
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CATS IN THE KETTLE – CHOW MEIN (Capo 1st Fret / Key of F / 76 BPM)

INTRO: | E ' | E7 ' E | E7 ' E | Bm ' E | E | E ...
(1st E7 add pinky & 2nd E7 lift ring finger)
VERSE 1:

[E]DID YOU EVER THINK, WHEN YOU [G]EAT CHINESE

IT [A]AIN'T PORK OR CHICKEN BUT A [E]FAT SIAMESE

YET THE FOOD TASTES GREAT, SO YOU [G]DON'T COMPLAIN

BUT [A]THAT'S NOT CHICKEN IN YOUR [E]CHICKEN CHOW MEIN

[D]SEEMS TO ME I ORDERED SWEET AND SOUR PORK

BUT [G]GARFIELD'S ON MY [E]FOLK

HE'S [G]PURRING HERE ON MY [E]FORK

CHORUS 1:

THERE'S A [E]CAT IN THE KETTLE AT THE [D]PEKING MOON

THE [G]PLACE THAT I EAT EVERY [A]DAY AT NOON

[E]THEY CAN FEED YOU CAT AND YOU'LL [D]NEVER KNOW

ONCE THEY [G]WRAP IT UP IN [E]DOUGH BOY

THEY [G]FRY IT REAL CRISP IN [E]DOUGH

INTERLUDE: | E ' | E7 ' E | E7 ' E | Bm ' E | E | E ...
(1st E7 add pinky & 2nd E7 lift ring finger)
VERSE 2:

[E]CHOU LIN ASKED IF I [G]WANTED MORE

AS HE WAS [A]DIALING UP HIS BUDDY AT THE [E]OLD PET STORE

I SAID NOT TODAY I LOST MY [G]APPETITE

THERE'S [A]TWO CATS IN MY BELLY AND THEY [E]WANT TO FIGHT

I WAS [D]SUCKING ON A ROLAIDS AND A TUMS OR TWO

WHEN I [G]SWEAR I HEARD IT [E]MEW BOY,

AND [G]THAT IS WHEN I [E]KNEW

CHORUS 2:

THERE'S A [E]CAT IN THE KETTLE AT THE [D]PEKING MOON

I [G]THINK I GOTTA STOP EATING [A]THERE AT NOON

THEY [E]SAY THAT IT'S BEEF, OR [D]FISH OR PORK

BUT IT'S [G]PURRING THERE ON MY [E]FORK

THERE'S A [G]HAIRBALL ON MY [E]FORK

OUTRO: | E ' | E7 ' E | E7 ' E | Bm ' E |

E doesn't = MC2, E = Fb

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