Listening practice using "Cat's in The Cradle" by Ugly Kid Joe

Practice your listening skills by listening to this song by Ugly Kid Joe, Cat's in the Cradle, and try to understand the lyrics. Try not to look at the lyrics when you listen to the song.


Questions:

  1. What is this song about?

  2. How did his child come into the world?

  3. Was it a girl or a boy?

  4. When did the child learn to walk?

  5. What did the child say?

  6. What did the dad answer when the child asked when he was coming home?

  7. How old was the child when it asked its father to teach him how to throw a ball?

  8. What did the child want to borrow when it came back from college?

  9. What excuse did the child give when the father wanted him to visit?

  10. What occurred to the father as he hung up the phone after speaking with his child.



Lyrics

My child arrived just the other day,

He came to the world in the usual way.

But there were planes to catch, and bills to pay.

He learned to walk while I was away.

And he was talking 'fore I knew it, and as he grew,


He'd say, "I'm gonna be like you, dad.

You know I'm gonna be like you."


And the cat's in the cradle and the silver spoon,

Little boy blue and the man in the moon.

"When you coming home, dad?" "I don't know when,

But we'll get together then.

You know we'll have a good time then."



My son turned ten just the other day.

He said, "Thanks for the ball, dad, come on let's play.

Can you teach me to throw?" I said, "Not today,

I got a lot to do." He said, "That's ok."

And he walked away, but his smile, lemme tell you,

Said, "I'm gonna be like him, yeah.

You know I'm gonna be like him."


And the cat's in the cradle and the silver spoon,

Little boy blue and the man in the moon.

"When you coming home, dad?" "I don't know when,

But we'll get together then.

You know we'll have a good time then."


Well, he came from college just the other day,

So much like a man I just had to say,

"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?"


And the cat's in the cradle and the silver spoon,

Little boy blue and the man in the moon.

"When you coming home, son?" "I don't know when,

But we'll get together then, dad.

You know we'll have a good time then."


I've long since retired and my son's moved away.

I called him up just the other day.

I said, "I'd like to see you if you don't mind."

He said, "I'd love to, dad, if I could find the time.

You see, my new job's a hassle, and the kid's got the flu,

But it's sure nice talking to you, dad.

It's been sure nice talking to you."

And as I hung up the phone, it occurred to me,

He'd grown up just like me.

My boy was just like me.


And the cat's in the cradle and the silver spoon,

Little boy blue and the man in the moon.

"When you coming home, son?" "I don't know when,

But we'll get together then, dad.

You know we'll have a good time then."

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