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"Don't Bite the Hand that's Feeding You," 1915

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Courtesy of Library of Congress, Morgan, Jimmie, Hoier, Thomas and Leo Feist, 1915


The war song, "Don’t Bite the Hand That’s Feeding You," was aimed at convincing immigrants of the importance of staying loyal to the United States during World War I. The song was composed by Jimmie Morgan and the lyrics were written by Thomas Hoier. The piece was published in New York in 1915 by Leo Feist. 


Original Sheet Music for "Don't Bite the Hand That's Feeding You"

Transcript of Lyrics to "Don’t Bite the Hand That’s Feeding You"

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