C'mon, kind Sir, let's walk outside
And breathe the autumn air
See the many that have lived and died
See the unending golden stair
See all of us that have come behind
Clutching at your hem
All the way from Arkansas
To your sweet and last amen

Let the bells ring
He is the real thing
Let the bells ring
He is the real, real thing

Take this deafening thunder down
Take this bread and take this wine
Your passing is not what we mourn
But the world you left behind
Well, do not breathe, nor make a sound
And behold your mighty work
That towers over the uncaring ground
Of a lesser, darker world

Let the bells ring
He is the real thing
Let the bells ring
He is the real, real thing

There are those of us not fit to tie
The laces of your shoes
Must remain behind to testify
Through an elementary blues
So, let's walk outside, the hour is late
Through your crumbs and scattered shells
Where the awed and the mediocre wait
Barely fit to ring the bells

Let the bells ring
He is the real thing
Let the bells ring
He is the real, real thing


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    General CommentAccording to allmusic.com
    " 'Let Them Bells Ring' is a most dignified and emotionally honest tribute to Johnny Cash and the world he witnessed."
    josephtheleviteon December 22, 2004   Link
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    General CommentIt's certainly got the religious overtones which pay homage to Cash's music. Could it also be a hymn?
    _ellieon September 08, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis album is the only one of Nick Cave's that I just cannot abide. It's the religion - it's just overwhelming. I really hate this song. It's lyrically uninspired, religiose & the chorus sounds like a Coke advert!
    morbid moragon May 21, 2008   Link

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