Monday, March 15, 2010

The song in my head yesterday began as a poem by Welshman Idris Davies, written after the 1926 UK General Strike. Thirty years later, Pete Seeger added music. In 1965, it appeared on The Byrds debut album, Mr. Tambourine Man. "Who made the mine owner?" is always a question worth asking.

BELLS OF RHYMNEY
(iIdris 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
Put the vandals in court
Say the bells of Newport
All would be well if, if, if, if
Say 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 Rhondda
And who killed the miner?
Say the grim bells of Blaina

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