THE HAND THAT ROCKS THE CRADLE Lyrics - The Smiths

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Please don't cry
For the ghost and the storm outside
Will not invade this sacred shrine
Nor infiltrate your mind
My life down I shall lie
If the bogey-man should try
To play tricks on your sacred mind
To tease, torment, and tantalise
Wavering shadows loom
A piano plays in an empty room
There'll be blood on the cleaver tonight
And when darknesss lifts and the room is bright
I'll still be by your side
For you are all that matters
And I'll love you to till the day I die
There never need be longing in your eyes
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As long as the hand that rocks the cradle is mine
Ceiling shadows shimmy by
And when the wardrobe towers like a beast of prey
There's sadness in your beautiful eyes
Oh, your untouched, unsoiled, wonderous eyes
My life down I shall lie
Should restless spirits try
To play tricks on your sacred mind
I once had a child, and it saved my life
And I never even asked his name
I just looked into his wondrous eyes
And said : "never never never again"
And all too soon I did return
Just like a moth to a flame
So rattle my bones all over the stones
I'm only a beggar-man whom nobody owns
Oh, see how words as old as sin
Fit me like a glove
I'm here and here I'll stay
Together we lie, together we pray
There never need be longing in your eyes
As long as the hand that rocks the cradle is mine
As long as the hand that rocks the cradle is mine
Mine
Climb up on my knee, sonny boy
Although you're only three, sonny boy
You're - you're mine
And your mother she just never knew
Oh, your mother ...
As long ... as long ... as long
I did my best for her
I did my best for her
As long ... as long ... as long as ... as long
I did my best for her
I did my best for her
Oh ...







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Masterful | Reviewer: Eggs Benedict | 2/27/13

Morrissey did exactly what he planned. He wrote an amazing song about a father who returns to raise his son but in a way that ignited an extreme reaction in the music press and beyond. What better way to introduce your band to the world. One of Morrissey/Marr's greatest creations. If you read the lyrics without the thought of child abuse, you'll come away with a totally different view. So easily said!

best | Reviewer: ahcuadra | 6/14/12

Although this song was not so widely known because of other hits or the fact that this song is very sad. I think it's easy to say that it's one of the bests songs ever written, not just from the Smiths, but of all time.
Reel around the fountain comes a very close second, like paint a vulgar picture.

beautiful | Reviewer: Holly | 7/29/09

This song, i feel shows exaclty what The Smiths are about, they sing so controversially, yet beautifully. Does anyone apart from Morrissey know exaclty what this song is about? I personally dont think it is about child abuse, i feel it is about love from different angles, as weel as a father who left his son and now is coming back and felt a surge of love hense 'never never never again' meaning he will never leave again. I think this song also shows protection over something vunerable and beautiful. One of their best!



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