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Harry & Sandy Chapin's Cat

Paul Gambaccini, Rolling Stone, 16 January 1975

HARRY CHAPIN'S hit that hits close to home came from within his own. "My wife, Sandy, had written a poem that implied I was on the roof a lot," Chapin said shortly after two performances in New York's Avery Fisher Hall. "Our son Joshua had just been born, and the Long Island Railroad near where we live is a pit for fathers who are not home much." The father who neglects his child in 'Cat's in the Cradle' reaps what he sows when his grown-up son ignores him.

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