Cat's In The Cradle

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Cat's In The Cradle

Here are the unplugged chords that I use to play Harry Chapin's 1974 number-one hit Cat's In The Cradle. This one is clearly one of Harry Chapin's best efforts. In this arrangement, the verse progression has a nice descending bass line. The song is played in a moderate 4/4 folk style. Harry Chapin's recording uses a six-string guitar capoed at the eighth fret using the following open position chords: Verse = A-C-D-A-C-D-A-G-G/F#-Em-Em/D-C-Em/B-A-C-Em/B-A and Chorus = A-G-C-D-A-G-C-Em/B-A-C-Em/B-A. The chord fingerings I use (in a Standard tuning) are as follows: E = 022100; G = 320033x; A = x02220; D = xx0232; D/C# = x4x232; Bm7 = x24232; D/A = x00232; and Bm/F# = 224432. In order to play my arrangement along with the recording, capo your guitar at the first fret.

Verse

E / / / G / / / A / / / E / / /
E / / / G / / / A / / / E / / /
D / D/C# / Bm7 / D/A / G / Bm/F# / E / / /
G / Bm/F# / E / / / / / / /

Chorus

E / / / D / / / G / / / A / / /
E / / / D / / / G / Bm/F# / E / / /
G / Bm/F# / E / / / / / / /


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