My child arrived just the other day
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
He was talkin' 'fore I knew it
And as he grew he said,
'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 'n the moon.
'When you comin' home? '
'Son, I don't know when. We'll get together then.
You know we'll have a good time then. '
Well, my son turned ten just the other day.
He said, 'Thanks for the ball, Dad. Come on, let's play.
Could you teach me to throw? '
I said, 'Not today. I got a lot to do. '
He said, 'That's okay. ' And he walked away and he smiled and he said,
'You know, I'm gonna be like him, yeah.
You know I'm gonna be like him. '
Well, he came from college just the other day,
So much like a man I just had to say,
'I'm proud of you. Could 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? '
I've long since retired, my son's moved away.
I called him up just the other day.
'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 kids have the flu,
But it's sure nice talkin' to you, Dad.
It's been sure nice talkin' 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.