"Bells Of Harlem" as written by and David Rawlings Gillian Welch....
Look at the world, it's waking up
I couldn't sleep for dreaming
My weary soul is finally home
I had the strangest feeling
This is the dawn, the break of day
After the midnight pardon
These ringing ears have waited years
To hear the bells of Harlem

Far down the streets, I see the sign
The crowd is breathing faster
Some must have walked a hundred blocks
I see the flocks and pastors
Oh what a time to be alive
Tears of the past forgotten
It's been a long and lonely night
I hear the bells of Harlem

They ring, they ring, they sing, they sing
The darkest hour is passed
They ring, they ring, they sing, they sing
A little joy at long last
The Brazos rose, ain't no more cane
We grind it down to sorghum
We couldn't stop the freedom train
I hear the bells of Harlem


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    General Commentthis is what I hear:

    After the midnight parted --> After the midnight pardon

    I see the flocks in pastures --> I see the flocks and pastors

    The darkest rose, ain't no more cane --> The Brazos rolls [or rose, not sure], ain't no more cane

    We grind it down to sawdust --> We ground it down to sorghum
    usedtohaveadollaron February 06, 2010   Link

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