The Hand That Rocked My Cradle Rules My Heart

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The Hand That Rocked My Cradle Rules My Heart  (1919) 
by Irving Berlin
Cover page to the sheet music.

[Verse]:

How can I ever pay the debt I owe you

Mother o' mine, Mother o' mine

What is there I could ever do to show you

How much I love you

Mother o' mine


[Refrain]:

I kiss the hand, the wrinkled hand

That rocked my cradle in babyland

A mem'ry lingers of byegone years

When gentle fingers would dry my tears

Her face will ever be my guiding light

She'll whisper tenderly "Turn to the right"

No harm can come to me by day or night

For the hand that rocked my cradle rules my heart


[2nd verse]:

Close to my side you stand what e'er betide me

Mother o' mine, Mother o' mine

How can I come to harm with you beside me

Ever to guide me

Mother o' mine

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