There's a land beyond the river
That they call the sweet forever
And we only reach that shore by faith's decree
One by one we'll gain the portals
There to dwell with the immortals
When they ring the golden bells for you and me
Don't you hear the bells now ringing
Don't you hear the angels singing
'Tis the glory hallelujah Jubilee
In that far off sweet forever
Just beyond the shining river
When they ring the golden bells for you and me
We shall know no sin or sorrow
In that heaven of tomorrow
When our hearts shall sail beyond the silvery sea
We shall only know the blessing
Of our Father's sweet caressing
When they ring the golden bells for you and me
Don't you hear the bells now ringing
Don't you hear the angels singing
'Tis the glory hallelujah Jubilee
In that far off sweet forever
Just beyond the shining river
When they ring the golden bells for you and me
When our days shall know their number
When in death we sweetly slumber
When the King commands the spirit to be free
Nevermore with anguish laden
We shall reach that lovely Eden
When they ring the golden bells for you and me
When they ring the golden bells for you and me




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When They Ring the Golden Bells Lyrics as written by Natalie A Merchant

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    well obviously this is a hopeful song about heaven or some form thereof. i think its significant that it is towards the end of her CD, espcialy since some of the other songs on it are a little less than optimistic

    beautifulcowon December 15, 2004   Link
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    This song is so beautiful. It's fun to sing to as well. The harmonies are AH-mazing.

    green_eyes88on September 28, 2005   Link
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    just in case anyone was wondering, the beautiful voice on this song singing with natalie is karen paris of the group INNOCENCE MISSION. They're a bit hard to find, but worth looking up. They have some GREAT songs which are so soothing

    frogger6on May 01, 2007   Link
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    beautiful song about life after death.

    Don't you hear the bells now ringing Don't you hear the angels singing 'Tis the glory hallelujah Jubilee

    XianSnakeon December 02, 2008   Link
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    I think the lyrics for the Natalie Merchant version of the song are:

    Don't you hear the bells now ringing Don't you hear the angels singing 'Tis the glory hallelujah to believe

    I'm not religious, but this song is beautiful nonetheless. Agree with green_eyes88, the harmonies are great.

    oddquizon October 02, 2009   Link

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