History Music / HarryChapin

11th Nov '17 10:16:39 AM dlchen145
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Harry Chapin (19421981) was an American [[FolkMusic folk rock]] musician and philanthropist in the 1970s and early '80s, and creator of such famous songs as "Cat's in the Cradle" and "Taxi".

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Harry Forster Chapin (19421981) (December 7, 1942 July 16, 1981) was an American [[FolkMusic folk rock]] musician and philanthropist in the 1970s and early '80s, and creator of such famous songs as "Cat's in the Cradle" and "Taxi".
13th Oct '17 5:59:58 AM Movienut376
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** "The Rock": The main protagonist pulls a HeroicSacrifice to save his town from disaster, but the last line of the song hints that he was merely delaying the inevitable.
22nd Sep '17 2:15:33 AM PaulA
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* DoubleMeaningChorus: The chorus of "Cat's in the Cradle" ends with the son asking his father a question, and always receiving the same reply -- except the last time, when (with a slight wording change), it's the father asking the question and the son giving the same reply he always received.


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* DualMeaningChorus: The chorus of "Cat's in the Cradle" ends with the son asking his father a question, and always receiving the same reply -- except the last time, when (with a slight wording change), it's the father asking the question and the son giving the same reply he always received.
22nd Sep '17 2:14:07 AM PaulA
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** "Cat's in the Cradle" goes from the birth of the narrator's son to his adulthood.

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** "Cat's in the Cradle" goes from the birth of the narrator's son son, through young childhood and college years, to his own adulthood.



** "I Don't Want to Be President" goes through the life of a person from his youth to the point where he becomes President.

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** "I Don't Want to Be President" goes through the life of a person from his youth -- baby, child, college grad, congressman -- to the point where he becomes President.President.
** "She's Always Seventeen". The story of a woman who lives through 1961-1975, but retains the spirit of a 17 year old.
** "Basic Protest Song" (13, 20, 30).



* AutoErotica:
** In "Taxi", the singer mentions that he and Sue "learned about love in the back of a Dodge".
** In "Northwest 222", his SO would pick him up from the airport in the van and they'd "find a place for parking when the loving would not wait".



** "Flowers Are Red" is inspired by a report card one of his acquaintances received about their son, saying "Your son marches to the beat of a different drummer, comma, but don't worry we will have him joining the parade by the end of the term."



* BSODSong: "Sniper".



* CheapHeat: In live performances, Chapin would often substitute the callsign of a local radio station in the final verse of "W*O*L*D".



* DoubleMeaningChorus: The chorus of "Cat's in the Cradle" ends with the son asking his father a question, and always receiving the same reply -- except the last time, when (with a slight wording change), it's the father asking the question and the son giving the same reply he always received.



* IAmNotPretty: The waitress in "A Better Place To Be": "I wish that I was beautiful, or you were halfway blind..."
* INeedAFreakingDrink: One of the reactions the protagonist of "Six String Orchestra" gets to his enthusiastic but incompetent playing.



* LonelyFuneral: At the end of "Corey's Coming":
-->The scene at the graveyard, just three of us were there\\
Me and the gravedigger heard the parson's prayer



* LyricalDissonance: "30,000 Pounds of Bananas" is a cheerful, up-tempo song and a crowd-pleasing favorite... about a real life fatal truck accident. Originally intended to be serious, until Chapin realized how hard it was to keep a straight face while singing about a man being killed by bananas. [[labelnote:Note]]Nonetheless, Chapin always refused to perform the song when playing concerts in Pennsylvania (where the actual accident took place) out of respect for the victim's memory.[[/labelnote]]

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* LyricalDissonance: LyricalDissonance:
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"30,000 Pounds of Bananas" is a cheerful, up-tempo song and a crowd-pleasing favorite... about a real life fatal truck accident. Originally intended to be serious, until Chapin realized how hard it was to keep a straight face while singing about a man being killed by bananas. [[labelnote:Note]]Nonetheless, Chapin always refused to perform the song when playing concerts in Pennsylvania (where the actual accident took place) out of respect for the victim's memory.[[/labelnote]][[/labelnote]]
** "Dreams Go By" is a bouncy-sounding number masking a bittersweet tale of two people whose childhood dreams are deferred and ultimately discarded by work, marriage, and family.



* MurderBallad: The aforementioned "Sniper".

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** "Cat's in the Cradle": Make time to spend time with your children when they're growing up.
** "The Rock".
** "Flowers Are Red": Forcing children into narrow conformity is bad.
* MurderBallad: The aforementioned "Sniper"."Sniper" is about Charles Whitman and his infamous rampage atop the Texas university tower.


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* OnlySaneMan: The protagonist of "The Rock".


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* SadClown: "The Laugh Man":
-->My ego is a bubble that I realize just broke\\
And alone without a microphone, my whole life's a joke\\
I am the laugh man\\
Half clown and half man\\
Half out and half in, Mister can't you see?\\
I'm supposed to leave you laughing, so why don't you laugh at me?
* SequelSong: "Sequel" is a sequel to "Taxi".


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* UnrequitedLoveLastsForever: "Taxi" has Harry encounter Sue; the two knew each other from "a long time ago." Sue went to pursue a career in the theater while Harry tried to become a pilot; neither succeeded. Instead, Sue is acting happy inside her handsome home, while Harry is "flying" in his taxi.
22nd Sep '17 1:23:17 AM PaulA
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* DownerEnding: Most of Harry's works. It's most apparent in "The Day They Closed the Factory Down" and "Cat's in the Cradle".

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* DownerEnding: Most of Harry's works. It's most apparent in works.
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"The Day They Closed the Factory Down" and Down".
**
"Cat's in the Cradle".Cradle" is about a father who's too busy to spend time with his family, despite which his son declares that he's going to grow up just like his dad. It ends with the father discovering that his now-adult son ''has'' grown up just like him, in that he's now too busy to spend time with his family too.
** "The Shortest Story" is about a baby being born and then starving to death. It's about two minutes long including the instrumental bits.
** "Mr. Tanner" is about a man who gives up everything to sing, which is what makes him feel whole, only to get poor reviews and his dreams crushed so completely that he never sings again.
22nd Sep '17 1:17:56 AM PaulA
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Harry Chapin (19421981) was an American [[FolkMusic folk rock]] musician and philanthropist in the 1970s and early '80s, and creator of such famous songs as "Cat's in the Cradle" and "Taxi." He was killed in 1981 in a traffic accident while on his way to a free benefit concert he was giving, although he may have already been dead; the autopsy and his driving patterns, which caused the accident, are consistent with him having suffered a heart attack behind the wheel.

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Harry Chapin (19421981) was an American [[FolkMusic folk rock]] musician and philanthropist in the 1970s and early '80s, and creator of such famous songs as "Cat's in the Cradle" and "Taxi." "Taxi".

He was killed in 1981 in a traffic accident while on his way to a free benefit concert he was giving, although he may have already been dead; the autopsy and his driving patterns, which caused the accident, are consistent with him having suffered a heart attack behind the wheel.



* CausticCritic: "Mr. Tanner"

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* CausticCritic: The title character of "Mr. Tanner"Tanner" receives such caustic reviews of his first public performance that he gives up singing entirely, even alone around the house.



-->In 1963, Black and White upon the land
-->She brought me to the monuments and made us all join hands
-->And scarcely six months later, she held me through the night
-->When we heard of what had happened in that brutal Dallas light
The march on Washington was in August 1963, three months - not six - before President Kennedy was assassinated.

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-->In 1963, Black and White upon the land
-->She
land\\
She
brought me to the monuments and made us all join hands
-->And
hands\\
And
scarcely six months later, she held me through the night
-->When
night\\
When
we heard of what had happened in that brutal Dallas light
The ::The march on Washington was in August 1963, three months - -- not six - -- before President Kennedy was assassinated. assassinated.



* {{Eagleland}}: "What Made America Famous?" is about the tension between type one and type two - it describes a mild type two, but ends with a plea to make the country a type one.

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* {{Eagleland}}: "What Made America Famous?" is about the tension between type one and type two - -- it describes a mild type two, but ends with a plea to make the country a type one.



-->Yes, we have no bananas\\

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-->Yes, **
--->Yes,
we have no bananas\\



::and
-->A woman walks into her room\\

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::and
-->A
**
--->A
woman walks into her room\\



* TakeThat: in Harry's introduction of the second ending of "30,000 Pounds of Bananas" above:
-->Since it was a [[CountryMusic country song]], maybe I could write a country ending - something about motherhood, since the song already had a truck in it...

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* TakeThat: in TakeThat:
** In
Harry's introduction of the second ending of "30,000 Pounds of Bananas" above:
-->Since --->Since it was a [[CountryMusic country song]], maybe I could write a country ending - -- something about motherhood, since the song already had a truck in it...



* VillainProtagonist: "Sniper" takes about as sympathetic view of the shooter as possible, but he still shot dozens of people.
** Chapin specialized in this: "WOLD" is about a guy who dumped his wife and family and then turns up eight years later, expressing no concern at all for how the kids are doing or what his absence did to them - he just wants to talk about himself, and for good measure he hints at his ex that he wants her back. (She's smart enough to decline.) "If My Mary Were Here" is about a guy who calls his ex in the middle of the night to whine about how the woman he dumped her for has now dumped him, and he invites himself to her place. Then, of course, there's "Cat's in the Cradle."

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* VillainProtagonist: VillainProtagonist:
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"Sniper" takes about as sympathetic view of the shooter as possible, but he still shot dozens of people.
** Chapin specialized in this: "WOLD" is about a guy who dumped his wife and family and then turns up eight years later, expressing no concern at all for how the kids are doing or what his absence did to them - -- he just wants to talk about himself, and for good measure he hints at his ex that he wants her back. (She's smart enough to decline.) )
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"If My Mary Were Here" is about a guy who calls his ex in the middle of the night to whine about how the woman he dumped her for has now dumped him, and he invites himself to her place. Then, of course, there's place.
**
"Cat's in the Cradle."Cradle" is about a man who neglects his family.
22nd Sep '17 1:14:45 AM PaulA
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* RealitySubtext: Harry admitted that he wrote "Cat's in the Cradle", which was based on a poem by his wife, after his son was born while he was out on the road.
22nd Sep '17 1:01:52 AM PaulA
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* "SaltAndPepper" averts its namesake trope, although the title is accurate - just differently interpreted. The "Salt" is a retired sailor (i.e. an "old salt") and his wife, "Pepper", is infamous for her hot temper.
27th May '17 7:16:46 PM Plactus
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* GiftedlyBad: "Six String Orchestra" is about a hopeless musician who refuses to give up the dream.
-->I sent a demo tape I made to the record companies\\
Two came back address unknown, one came back COD\\
Of course I got form letters all saying pleasant things\\
Like suggesting I should find a trade where I would not have to sing
1st Apr '17 5:01:23 AM YankeeDave
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* DanBrowned: "She Is Always Seventeen" features this verse:
-->In 1963, Black and White upon the land
-->She brought me to the monuments and made us all join hands
-->And scarcely six months later, she held me through the night
-->When we heard of what had happened in that brutal Dallas light
The march on Washington was in August 1963, three months - not six - before President Kennedy was assassinated.


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** Chapin specialized in this: "WOLD" is about a guy who dumped his wife and family and then turns up eight years later, expressing no concern at all for how the kids are doing or what his absence did to them - he just wants to talk about himself, and for good measure he hints at his ex that he wants her back. (She's smart enough to decline.) "If My Mary Were Here" is about a guy who calls his ex in the middle of the night to whine about how the woman he dumped her for has now dumped him, and he invites himself to her place. Then, of course, there's "Cat's in the Cradle."
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