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Ring Them Bells (3:00)

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Ring them bells ye heathen from the city that dreams
Ring them bells from the sanctuaries cross the valleys and streams
For they're deep and they're wide
And the world is on its side

Bob Dylan - Ring Them Bells Lyrics


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  • This is one of Dylan's best songs. There, I said it
  • My funeral song
  • Orteza, continued: "But just who is St. Catherine? It depends. There are at least six by that name in the Catholic Church alone. My guess is St. Catherine of Alexandria, about whom the Catholic Encyclopedia says, 'far from forsaking her Faith, effected so many conversions, [and] was condemned to die on the wheel, but, at her touch, this instrument of torture was miraculously destroyed.' I mean, if this wheel was destroyed because it was on fire...."
  • Arsenio Orteza: "Speaking of Oh Mercy, this simple piano-and-eerie-organ hymn distills that album’s ghost-whispering-into-the-night gestalt at least as potently as “What Good Am I” (the acknowledged tour-de-force of his current Duke Robillard tour). Addressed to “ye heathen” (like Infidels?) and alluding to the “bride” (the term for the Church in Dylan’s favorite biblical book, Revelation) for the first time since “The Groom’s Still Waiting at the Altar” eight years earlier, the song urges quasimodos everywhere to get over the hump and sound the alarm. “Sacred cow[s],” widows, orphans, lilies arrayed finer than Solomon, “sweet Martha” (who, unlike her sister Mary, “was worried and upset about many things” [Luke 10]), sheep in need of a Shepherd, the “chosen few,” a God who is one--biblical archetypes abound."
  • THIS is why Bob Dylan is my favorite singer.
  • One of the most achingly beautiful things I've heard this man commit to vinyl. It feels good to find a top ten, top fifteen song thirty years into his career!
  • Ring them bells, ye heathen, from the city that dreams, ring them bells from the sanctuaries ’cross the valleys and streams - for they’re deep and they’re wide and the world’s on its side.
  • I like the spare arrangement with just a piano and great emotion in his delivery. That brief, dramatic pause: "Ring them bells...for the blind and the deaf" is powerful. The Supper Club performance is good as well, from a time when Dylan could still cut it live.
  • The Tell Tale Signs version is KILLER. The original is very good too.
  • I prefer the studio version because it's a lot darker and more haunting. Both are great, though

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