Guns N` Roses/cats in the cradle


pmost wrote at 2006-08-18 17:18:37
Its not a cat stevens song, it was written and performed by Harry Chapin.

Brandon wrote at 2007-05-05 17:12:02
Cat's in the cradle was not a Cat Steven's song.  It was originally done by Harry Chapin.

actually helpful wrote at 2007-05-13 20:01:54
Actually, Cats in the Cradle was originally done by Harry Chapin. Cat Stevens never sang it. Guns N' Roses did do a cover of the song. Ugly kid joe, johnny cash, and DMC have also done covers of cats in the cradle. you should get your facts straight before answering a question.

maimonides627 wrote at 2007-06-16 07:37:22
Your correct in thinking it was Ugly Kid Joe, and your right that it's a cover.  However, the original artist was not Cat Stevens but rather "Harry Chapin" and can be found on any number of his 'Greatest Hits' or  'Best Of' collections  .

Although, in all fairness, both artists do share a similar style.  There was also an excellent cover done by Johnny Cash in case you're interested.  Anyways, best wishes!

Orlanmard wrote at 2007-07-30 03:49:41
This is not a Cat Stevens song, It's a Harry Chapin song, Thank you.

Patrik wrote at 2009-08-05 20:53:25
Irina, I'm sorry to say that there is still a correction to be made. The song was never done by Cat Stevens either... This is also a common misunderstanding.

Regards Patrik

Francis wrote at 2009-12-10 06:31:52

I am sorry to say you are not quite right here. Cat Stevens also has never covered this song. It is originally by Harry Chapin

Dice Haze wrote at 2010-06-15 11:46:06
dear irina cat stevens is not the original artist who wrote cats in the cradle...harry chapin was the original composer/performer

Mayhem73 wrote at 2010-07-04 14:21:42
Wrong It is not a Cat Stevens song..... It was written by Harry Chapin's wife as a poem... Harry Chapin adapted it to music...Cat Stevens has never recorded this song....Guns and Roses have never recorded this song.. Its ugly kid joe...

jet wrote at 2010-07-23 11:51:15
"Cat's in the Cradle" is a 1974 folk rock song by Harry Chapin from the album Verities & Balderdash. It is not a Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens) song.

Greta wrote at 2010-09-27 11:41:13
Dear David and Irina,

it is true that GnR have never covered 'cats in the cradle', but people often get confused by the original author of the song. It was Harry Chapin who wrote it, not Cat Stevens.



paganscorp8 wrote at 2011-05-22 05:31:33
Actually, the Cat Stevens version is a cover as well.  The original artist was Harry Chapin (he wrote it for his son Josh).

paganscorp8 wrote at 2011-05-22 05:31:41
Actually, the Cat Stevens version is a cover as well.  The original artist was Harry Chapin (he wrote it for his son Josh).

Bird wrote at 2013-03-26 17:38:42
Actually it is not originally by Cat Stevens but Harry Chapin.

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