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Cat's in the Cradle
The song "Cat's in the Cradle" spans the generations and also has a lesson to teach.
#1 The song begins with: "A child arrived just the other day, / He came to the world in the usual way." What line comes next?
And there were balls to catch, and games to play.
But there were planes to catch, and bills to pay.
And there were places to go, and places to stay.
But we had so little time, and so much to say.
#2 Complete the lyrics: "He learned to _____ while I was away. / And he was _____ 'fore I knew it."
Catch / playing
Stand / walking
Walk / talking
Talk / in school
#3 The second verse begins with: "My son turned ten just the other day. / He said, 'Thanks for the ball, dad, come on let's play.'" The son asks:
Can you teach me to catch?
Can you teach me to throw?
Can you teach me to kick?
Can we go shoot some hoops?
#4 These lyrics are correct: "I said, 'Right away. / I'll get my glove, we can play all day.'"
#5 The third verse begins with: "Well, he came from college just the other day." What line comes next?
He made the team; they wanted him to play.
Rent was high, he needed a place to stay.
So much like a man I just had to say.
He wanted to visit some place far away.
#6 Complete the lyrics: "'Son, 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?
Is to find a good job. / But with my long hair, they say I look like a slob.
Is to find a good wife. / I want to start looking now and get on with my life.
Is to borrow some money. / It's spring break. I'm going someplace sunny.
#7 The fourth verse begins with: "I've long since retired and my son's moved away." What line comes next?
He injured his arm and can no longer play.
He called me up just the other day.
I called him up just the other day.
In fact he's in jail, he just won't obey.
#8 "I said, 'I'd like to see you if you don't mind.'" What line comes next?
He said, "I'd love to, dad, you've been very kind."
He said, "I'd love to, dad, if I could find the time."
He said, "Maybe someday, dad, right now, I'm in a bind."
He said, "No way, dad, aren't you ashamed of my crime?"
#9 Complete the lyrics: "And as I hung up the phone, it occurred to me, / He'd grown up ____ like me."
#10 When he was young, the boy wanted to be like his father.
#11 Complete these lyrics from the chorus: "And the cat's in the cradle and the _____, / Little boy blue and the _____."
Crying starts / Queen of hearts
Red-winged bird / Indian in the cupboard
Golden fork / Three little pork
Silver spoon / Man in the moon
#12 This song was written by Cat Stevens.
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