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    Harry Chapin

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    Genre:Ethnic/Folk, Classical, Rock
    Rank: history »
    5.0/5 from 3 users

    Most Popular Songs (more)

    1I Wanna Learn A Love Song lyrics
    2Mail Order Annie lyrics
    3Laugh Man lyrics
    4Stranger With The Melodies lyrics
    5Dancin' Boy lyrics
    6Last Of The Protest Singers lyrics
    7Roll Down The River lyrics
    8I Do It For You Jane lyrics
    9Circle lyrics
    10She Sings Songs Without Words lyrics

    Most Popular Albums (more)

    6,846 5.0/5
    Cotton Patch Gospel [2011]
    2Sniper & Other Love Songs [2010]
    3Introducing Harry Chapin [2006]
    4Essentials [2006]
    5Portrait Gallery [2010]
    6Songwriter [2011]
    7Short Stories [2003]
    8Cat's In The Cradle And Other Hits [2010]
    9Sequel [2011]
    10Heads & Tales [2010]


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      027-05-2011 00:07
      First off, Cat Stevens had nothing to do with this song. Now on to the good stuff...

      I'm a woman with no children, so I can't exactly identify with this song. Even so, I end up crying by the end. Talk about passing on your legacy to your children. Harry certainly had a way with words.
      009-05-2011 15:26
      First I thought Mr Big was the owner of this song, but I have to say; Harry Chapin is waay better. LOVE!
       STRANGE_GIRL says:
      018-04-2010 11:07
      Obviously the people who think this is a Cat Stevens song are not familiar with Cat Stevens and got their song from P2P networks.

      Cat Stevens NEVER recorded this song and NEVER performed it live either. My dad still owns the 7 inch and the LP of Harry Chapin and the one which is said to be Cat Stevens is actually the original Harry Chapin studio version.

      Same goes for Guns N Roses. instead Ugly Kid Joe covered it and it spread on internet as Guns n Roses. I own everything GNR (albums, singles, live recording. you name it, I have it) and know they never covered this song.

      Ugly kid Joe has a video of their cover. They released it as a single in, I believe, early 90's.
       gpace1216 says:
      010-12-2009 07:53
      this is the original song. cat stevens never recorded it, and neither did guns n roses for that matter.

      so i dont know what "version" you guys have heard thats supposedly the original.
       redeemer480 says:
      008-11-2007 23:42
      Great song. Too bad to say that Cat Stevens never did this song, though.
       LudMan says:
      030-12-2006 05:54
      PS - "You are what you eat(THE THOUGHTS & ATTITUDES YOU "TAKE IN")".
       LudMan says:
      030-12-2006 05:49
      SOWING AND REAPING.(see"Watching You"also)


      SOW ...
      A THOUGHT,
      REAP A WORD.
      SOW A WORD,
      SOW A HABIT,
      REAP... A DESTINY.
       Chris_7 says:
      016-10-2006 15:39
      [offtopic]I also find the Cats Stevens virsion better.
      [topic=] This song can be so true sometimes, sometimes parents dont have time for you, but when you leave the house they realise that they really miss you.
       danika14 says:
      028-09-2006 01:37
      sorry rebel61389 but i think harry chapin's is the original. the majority of people make the same mistake in thinking that cat stevens sang the original.

      the song is through the eyes of a father, who was almost non-existant in his son's life, as he was always away, and not there to see him grow up. in spite of this, his son still looked up to him, hence the son turned out "just like him". therefore, the reference to the different childhood nursery rhymes and games are symbolic of what the father and son's relationship missed out on.

      but, its all subjective.
       rebel61389 says:
      003-04-2006 01:50
      great song the cat stevens original was the best.
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