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The Bells Of Rhymney (Seeger/Davies)


Oh what will you give me say the sad bells of Rhymney
Is there hope for the future say the brown bells of Merthyr

Who made the mine owner say the black bells of Rhondda
And who killed the miner say the grim bells of Blaina

Throw the vandels in court say the bells of Newport
All would be well if if if cry the green bells of Cardiff

Why so worried sisters why sang the silver bells of Wye
And what will you give me say the sad bells of Rhymney

Oh what will you give me say the sad bells of Rhymney
Is there hope for the future say the brown bells of Merthyr

Who made the mine owner say the black bells of Rhonda
And who killed the miner say the grim bells of Blaina



The Byrds "Mr. Tambourine Man" Columbia Records 1965
Roger McGuinn "Live From Mars"Hollywood Records 1996
Judy Collins "3" 1964



ep: The Times They Are A-Changin'
The Bells Of Rhymney
Set You Free This Time
We'll Meet Again


Rhymney
 
Merthyr - Miners' Hall

Rhondda
 
Merthyr

Blaina
 
Wye

Newport - Courthouse
 
Cardiff - Harbour


from Gwalia Deserta XV
(written by the Rhymney born
Idris Davies 1938)


Oh what will you give me?
Say the sad bells of Rhymney.
Is there hope for the future?
Cry the brown bells of Merthyr.
Who made the mine owner?
Say the black bells of Rhondda.
And who robbed the miner?
Cry the grim bells of Blaina.

They will plunder will-nilly,
Cry the bells of Caerphilly.
They have fangs, they have teeth,
Shout the loud bells of Neath.
Even God is uneasy,
Say the moist bells of Swansea.
And what will you give me?
Say the sad bells of Rhymney.

Throw the vandals in court,
Say the bells of Newport.
All will be well if, if, if,
Cry the green bells of Cardiff.
Why so worried, sisters why?
Sang the silver bells of Wye.
And what will you give me?
Say the sad bells of Rhymney?