(I HAVE MY) MOTHER'S HANDS

by Debi Smith

 

Katie had just had her lunch, it caught me unaware

I cleaned some milk up off the floor, and was sitting in a kitchen chair

I had an independent daughter, like her mother beforehand

When I reached out to trace her little face, I couldn't understand

When I saw my mother's hand

 

         Chorus:        

         I have my mother's hands, and I have my mother's voice

         And I have my mother's eyes, though I have a daughter's choice

         I thought I carved my own life in unknown, uncharted lands

         I never thought I'd look down and see my mother's hands

 

I remember my Aunt Edna - looking straight into my eyes

My eyes, the eyes of a young girl, trying so hard to disguise

What I knew she would say to me as she gently stroked my hair,

"Each day more than the other, you're just like your mother"

I thought it wasn't fair that she saw my mother there (Chorus)

 

                  I wanted to be my own self, I thought I knew it all

                  I'd stomp and buck and whinny, like a young colt in a stall

                  And I bet I was a handful, though I didn't understand

                  I was always in the best care when in my mother's hands

 

The other night I lay dreaming my mother held my face

She kissed me on the forehead, and then she took her place

Among the mothers and the daughters in the ever changing sands

One-by-one their time had come when they'd soon understand

They all had their mothers' hands (Chorus)

 

c 1995, Degan Music, ASCAP

 

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