"Ring the Bell" as written by and Jason Molina....
Help does not just walk up to you I could have told you that
I'm not an idiot
I could have told you that
In every serpent's eye watch you go where you go
Every serpents double tongue takes a turn with your soul
If you let them ring your bell
If you let them ring your bell
They're ringing the bell
They're ringing the bell
Why wouldn't I be trying to figure it out
Everyone tells you that
Everyone tells you not to quit
I can't even see it to fight it
If it looks like I'm not trying I don't care what it looks like
Cause I stood at the alter and everything turned white
All I heard was the sound, of the world coming down around me
All I heard was the sound, of the world coming down around me
Why wouldn't I be trying
Why wouldn't I try
Why wouldn't I try
Cause those double tongues are singing hear the wail of the choir through the fog
The sound of that choir through the fog
They're always close they're always so close always close always so close
If there's a way out it will be step by step through the black
If there;s a way out if will be step by step through the black
Why wouldn't I be trying to figure it out it don't mean I'm not trying if I don't make it back
I know serpents will cross universes to circle around our necks
I know hounds will cross universes to circle around our feet
I know they're close
Step by step one's beside me to kill me or to guide me
Why wouldn't I be trying to figure which one out
Why wouldn't I be trying to figure which one out


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"Ring the Bell" as written by Jason Molina

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    General CommentOne of the most beautiful songs of all time.

    "if it looks like i'm not trying i don't care what it looks like" I've quoted this line to support countless clients who i council for a mental health team.

    I love Jason Molina’s songs so deeply and the impact they have on me is entirely unique and absolutely profound. The way the lyrics touch me is less like a story and more like a haunting. I’m left feeling in the presence of something I completely understand and identify with, but with no ability whatsoever to articulate the experience or any language (or ambition) to decipher the lyric’s intended meaning.
    tommyraindogson November 17, 2013   Link
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    General CommentThe version of this song on the live "Trials and Errors" album is powerful.
    deathbydodgeballon October 11, 2011   Link
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    General Comment"Help does not just walk up to you I could have told you that
    I'm not an idiot"

    I really feel like this song is about someone struggling and how people dont understand how hard it is to get better. I have never struggled with addiction, but I have had depression. Someone of the things he says here I have heard from friends that have struggled. It sounds like he knows he has to get better but it's hard. "Everyone tells you not to quit, I cant even see it to fight it" it just sounds like he understands people are trying to help, but those people dont understand addiction. They dont understand that he IS trying, whether it looks like it or not.
    Hippiemjayon August 25, 2018   Link

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