Analyze the generation gap in "Father and Son" by Cat Stevens.

"Father and Son" by Cat Stevens shows the generation gap that exists between an aging father and his son. The son wants to rush around and do everything in life, while the father advises he "take it easy" and "think a lot."

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A generation gap does show in Cat Stevens' song "Father and Son." An aging father wants to share his wisdom with his son. While it is not said, the song implies that the son wants to race through life too quickly and try to do too much. The father advises him, from a different generational place, to slow down, think, and enjoy life. He says,

Just relax, take it easy.

The father also acknowledges that the son may not be receptive to hearing what he has to say. When you are a young adult, the father says, you want to have it all:

I know that it's not easy
To be calm when you've found
Something going on.

Nevertheless, the father wants the son to stay focused on his dreams and what is important, not on rushing to try to the next thrill:

But take your time, think a lot
Think of everything you've got
For you will still be here tomorrow
But your dreams may not.
The generation gap emerges most clearly when the father says that his son won't listen and "turns away" when he tries to share his life's wisdom with him. Nevertheless, the father realizes he won't be here forever, so he keeps trying to communicate with his son while he still can.
This is a traditional exploration of the generation gap. Because of their different ages, the father and the son look at life through a different set of lenses. The father, have lived longer, has more wisdom to offer; but the son, being young and impetuous, wants to live his own way. However, the hope is that at some point, the father's gentle advice will break through.
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