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Can you name the lyrics to Harry Chapin's 'Cat's in the Cradle'?
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* = words that change slightly from one chorus to another, and the alterations for the very last line of the last chorus were too different.
Because this song is 314 words long, all of the "THE" words in the song are only attached to the words that follow them.
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'Cat's in the Cradle' Lyrics Quiz
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Nov 28th, 2011 at 02:48 GMT
I hope everyone enjoys this quiz. I cried like 7 times while transcribing this from my iTunes.
Nov 28th, 2011 at 04:11 GMT
As I father of small children, I think of this song every time they ask me to do something and I really do have to go to work or get them out the door to school. They grow up awfully fast...
Nov 28th, 2011 at 05:20 GMT
Every time I'm reminded of this song, I'm prompted to call my dad. (By the way, check the spelling of Chapin in the title of the quiz.)
Nov 28th, 2011 at 05:22 GMT
Love this song
Nov 28th, 2011 at 09:04 GMT
ONE DAMNED WORD!!! For about 5 minutes I couldn't remember for the life of me what it was about his damn smile!
Nov 28th, 2011 at 16:43 GMT
This is a wonderful song and a wonderful quiz. One suggestion though: allow "Okay" as an alternate for "OK".
Nov 28th, 2011 at 16:56 GMT
I'm so glad to play this quiz, and well done for squeezing the song into the space available. There just aren't enough Harry Chapin quizzes on here! I still think it's "...man in the Moon", though.
Nov 28th, 2011 at 20:25 GMT
I've been a Chapin fan for decades. Saw him live 3 times and had he lived I'd have been at any other concert he did. Only Springsteen put on a better live show. I was at one of his concerts where he was called out for a third encore even though the house lights came on. I've never seen that before or since.
Worst cover of this song: Ugly Kid Joe who screwed up the lyrics. Unforgiveable. Best cover: DMC (of Run-DMC) with Sarah McLachlan in a version called "Just Like Me". The interesting thing is that both DMC and McLachlan were adopted, so there's a whole different spin to the lyrics.
Nov 28th, 2011 at 20:58 GMT
Nice quiz! I think this is one of the easiest times I've ever had getting a perfect score.
Nov 28th, 2011 at 21:08 GMT
@rockgolf Oh, I'm so very jealous. My parents saw him when I was a little kid, so grew up on his music and we had his 8-tracks in the house. I just listened to the DMC/McLachlan version which is really powerful. Thanks!!
I actually, when I wrote my Ph.D. thesis, on my dedication page, I included the entire lyrics to my favorite Harry Chapin song: 'Flowers Are Red.' Another song that makes me cry like a baby, but more because it espouses my education philosophy as a teacher, and my fear of a loss of childhood innocence.
Nov 28th, 2011 at 21:36 GMT
"Flowers are red and green leaves are green and there is no way to see them than the way they always have been seen." Great song. The first Chapin concert I went to he sang it before it was released.
Nov 28th, 2011 at 22:51 GMT
The story behind the song:
Nov 29th, 2011 at 13:49 GMT
I sing this song at karaoke, and still missed 30 words. Shame on me.
Nov 29th, 2011 at 15:20 GMT
This is one of my favorite Harry Chapin songs, the other being 30,000 pounds of bananas.
Nov 29th, 2011 at 20:35 GMT
always thought it was "smiled up at him"
Nov 30th, 2011 at 04:01 GMT
this song always brings a tear to my eye. Even when I'm singing it to myself silently to try and remember each word for a sporcle quiz. Love it.
Nov 30th, 2011 at 17:12 GMT
Cool song, cool quiz. It seems a little odd to but "the" in the same box as the next word while you have other small words like "a" and "an" on their own. It's probably best to keep each word to it's own line....
Dec 4th, 2011 at 00:12 GMT
One of my favorite Harry Chapin songs.
Dec 6th, 2011 at 10:41 GMT
i did okay, but i'll admit i really only know the Ugly Kid Joe version
Dec 6th, 2011 at 17:09 GMT
Missed "dimmed" because I always thought it was "came"!
Jan 4th, 2012 at 00:34 GMT
Fantastic song from a fantastic artist
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Sep 18th, 2012 at 16:15 GMT
Awesome song by an awesome man who was an even better philanthropist then he was a singer. Left the world way too soon.
Sep 18th, 2012 at 16:16 GMT
Sep 18th, 2012 at 16:37 GMT
Still one of the most poignant songs ever written. Harry Chapin was unfortunately a terrible driver, but he was a great songwriter and person. RIP.
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Sep 18th, 2012 at 16:46 GMT
I can never remember the order of "keys" and "please." It would work just as well if it was "What I'd really like Dad is to borrow the car please, see you later can I have them keys?"
In fact, that would be grammatically worse but it would make a little bit more sense. Nobody asks to borrow the car keys. They ask to borrow the car.
Sep 18th, 2012 at 16:57 GMT
Thanks, I'm all bummed out now.
Sep 18th, 2012 at 16:57 GMT
great song! Haven't heard it for ages but a lot of thinking and singing to myself got me to 290!
Sep 18th, 2012 at 17:01 GMT
Now that I have two sons, typing those lyrics brought tears to my eyes.
Sep 18th, 2012 at 17:18 GMT
You too?! I've never been a great fan of the song, but yes, simply reading the lyrics can make a grown man cry! What can I say, I admit it. This is basically the "Field of Dreams" of classic rock. Everyone have a good man-cry.
Sep 18th, 2012 at 17:20 GMT
I teared up in the library while taking this quiz.
Sep 18th, 2012 at 17:39 GMT
Harry was one of the greatest story tellers ever and the other two Chapin Brothers, Tom and Steve are pretty talented as well. This is one of the sadest songs I know.
Sep 18th, 2012 at 17:50 GMT
Powerful. What a good reminder that family is a priority.
Sep 18th, 2012 at 18:30 GMT
That's it... I'm going home early today to play with the kids. Bye.
Sep 18th, 2012 at 19:06 GMT
Great Song, one of my favorite of all time!!!!!!!!
Sep 18th, 2012 at 19:07 GMT
You know, if you can remember the verses in reverse order, it becomes a much happier song...
Sep 18th, 2012 at 19:09 GMT
Typing these lyrics makes me cry even more than listening to them.
Sep 18th, 2012 at 20:46 GMT
great song ricky skaggs has a great version of it to.
Sep 18th, 2012 at 21:31 GMT
Dammit, all I can think of are the words to "Cat in the Kettle"! "Did you ever think when you eat Chinese...it ain't pork or chicken but a fat Siamese?"
Sep 18th, 2012 at 22:19 GMT
I know I'm in the minority, but I read the ending differently. His son wound up _nothing_ like him. It mattered to the son that his kids had the flu--the father would never have noticed. The father was so self-centered that he never realized that his son had turned out to be a much better father than he had been.
Sep 18th, 2012 at 23:05 GMT
Saddest sporcle ever!
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