Black Parenting : Do you know of a "Black version" of "Cats and the Cradle?"

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  1. Asomfwaa

    Asomfwaa Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    I remember one time overhearing a White man remark this song to be the scariest song he ever heard.



    I'm wondering if anyone knows of a similar song by a Black artist.

    I found that I didn't visit my Father for the Holidays and it's kind of because "I'm going to be like [him.]"

    Anyone like the song? Or know of any songs similar by Black artists?

    What's a scary song to you regarding parenting?
     
  2. Asomfwaa

    Asomfwaa Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Cats In The Cradle-Harry Chapin

    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 talkin' '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 on the moon
    When you comin' home dad?
    I don't know when, but we'll get together then son
    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 never dimmed
    And 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 on the moon
    When you comin' home son?
    I don't know when, but we'll get together then son
    You know we'll have a good time then

    Well, he came home 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 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 on the moon
    When you comin' home son?
    I don't know when, but we'll get together then son
    You know we'll have a good time then

    I've long since retired, 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 can find the time
    You see my new job's a hassle and kids have 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 on the moon
    When you comin' home son?
    I don't know when, but we'll get together then son
    You know we'll have a good time then
     
  3. Angela22

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    Why was it scary to him?

    I always think of a sad lullaby when I hear this song, that or sesame street. Kind of odd.
     
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    The white man who said it was Harry Chapin himself.

    FOUND HERE @ 0:47

     
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    The song is about a father who is always too busy to spend time with his young son and when the son grew up, then he's too busy to spend time with his father who has gotten older also.

    It was "scary" to Harry Chapin because he didn't want the song to become true to his own life, his own relationship with his own son.
     
  6. Asomfwaa

    Asomfwaa Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    No, it was another White man I was referencing. Hahaha. I.e. some random comment on the internet.
     
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    For me its Papa was a Rolling Stone, bro. Asomfwaa:


    It was the third of September.
    That day I'll always remember, yes I will.
    'Cause that was the day that my daddy died.
    I never got a chance to see him.
    Never heard nothing but bad things about him.
    Mama, I'm depending on you, tell me the truth.

    And Mama just hung her head and said,
    "Son, Papa was a rolling stone.
    Wherever he laid his hat was his home.
    (And when he died) All he left us was ALONE."
    "Papa was a rolling stone, my son.
    Wherever he laid his hat was his home.
    (And when he died) All he left us was ALONE."

    Well, well.

    Hey Mama, is it true what they say,
    that Papa never worked a day in his life?
    And Mama, bad talk going around town
    saying that Papa had three outside children and another wife.
    And that ain't right.
    HEARD SOME talk about Papa doing some store front preaching.
    Talking about saving souls and all the time leeching.
    Dealing in debt and stealing in the name of the Lord.

    Mama just hung her head and said,
    "Papa was a rolling stone, my son.
    Wherever he laid his hat was his home.
    (And when he died) All he left us was ALONE."
    "Hey, Papa was a rolling stone.
    Wherever he laid his hat was his home.
    (And when he died) All he left us was ALONE."

    Uh!

    Hey Mama, I heard Papa call himself a jack of all trade.
    Tell me is that what sent Papa to an early grave?
    Folk say Papa would beg, borrow, steal to pay his bill.
    Hey Mama, folk say that Papa was never much on thinking.
    Spent most of his time chasing women and drinking.
    Mama, I'm depending on you to tell me the truth. Mama looked up with a tear in her eye and said,
    "Son, Papa was a rolling stone. (Well, well, well, well)
    Wherever he laid his hat was his home.
    (And when he died) All he left us was ALONE."
    "Papa was a rolling stone.
    Wherever he laid his hat was his home.
    (And when he died) All he left us was ALONE."

    "I said, Papa was a rolling stone. Wherever he laid his hat was his home.
    (And when he died) All he left us was ALONE."


    Writer: WHITFIELD, NORMAN J./STRONG, BARRETT
    Lyrics © EMI Music Publishing


    http://www.sing365.com/music/lyric....-Temptations/F956A99BF29F5E3748256D2F0030F511

     
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    Heheh, the name of the thread is "Cats and the Cradle".
     
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    Asomfwaa Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    I guess I'm one of those people who unwittingly repeat the wrong lyrics.
     
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    Asomfwaa Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Somehow I took it upon myself to finish watching the film "Nothing but a Man" and who would have known that the theme of both songs is found there. Have you ever seen the film?

     
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