belltower

Ring those bells, ye brethren
From any city that screams,
Ring those bells from the cemeteries
Across the valleys and streams,
For they’re deep and they’re wide
And they’re on the wrong side
While time is running backward
And so is the tide.

Ring those bells St. Peter
While the fierce winds blow,
Ring those bells with a stern hand
So all the land will know.
That it’s crunch hour now
For the who and the how
And the sun is going down
Upon each sacred cow.

Ring those bells Sweet Martha,
For the poor man’s son,
Slain in youth by a reckless gun
Ring those bells so the world will know
That we are one
As the sentinels sleep
And more than willows weep
While the mountains are filled
With young strays and long lost sheep.

Ring those bells for the blind and the deaf,
Ring those bells for the few good left,
Ring those bells for the honest and true
Who’ll challenge the many when the blame shows through.`
Ring those bells, for the harm, that flies,
For every child that cries
When yet again another innocent dies.

Ring those bells St. Catherine
From the top of the tower,
Ring those bells from fortresses of wealth and power
For the houses shrouded in gloom
With memories haunting a too empty room
Oh the lines are so long
And fighting’s so strong
We must figure out the differences between right and wrong.

© 2012 – 2016, Larry Conley. All rights reserved.

Larry Conley (36 Posts)

I am a veteran of the U. S. Army. My good fortune is to be married to a wonderful woman and have two remarkable twin sons who are making their way in the world. I taught civics in a Pittsburgh area middle school. I am a cat and dog lover.


4 Comments

  1. Larry, I loved the original song and your adaptation is very poignant. Such troubled times….
    The photo is a beautiful choice for this. Thank you for reminding us to remember.

    • LarryConley (Author)

      Cher,

      You words are like ice water to a soul in Hell. This particularly tragedy and the thousands of others that preceded it truly gnaw at me. I cherish your opinion as ever.

      Thanks again,

      Larry

  2. tolbert

    The repetition, “Ring those bells” is not unlike the actual
    chiming of the carillon bells weeping from the belfrey for
    the cause of humanity; for the ignorance, hatred, lack of
    compassion and absence of understanding…you have
    taken us there to hear the cadence of humanity…thank
    you, Larry, well done.

    Ring those bells for the blind and the deaf,
    Ring those bells for the few good left,
    Ring those bells for the honest and true
    Who will challenge the many when the blame shows through.`
    Ring those bells, for the time that flies,
    For the child that cries
    When yet another innocent dies.

    • Larry Conley (Author)

      Tolbert,

      Your gracious and cogent words made my evening. Coming from you they are high praise indeed!

      Thank you sir.

      Larry

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