Riff: Bob Dylan – “Ring Them Bells”

Jan 15, 2013

Ring them bells for the chosen few/Who will judge the many when the game is through

from Ring Them Bells lyrics by Bob Dylan

Filled with biblical imagery and spiritual references, this understated number from Dylan’s 1989 LP, Oh Mercy, was originally written to give a voice to those who couldn’t speak up for themselves, an ideal sentiment for three young men who were silenced from the day they were wrongfully arrested.

Riff by Jon O'Brien

Jon O'Brien is a UK-based staff writer for SONGLYRICS. He holds a journalism degree from the University of Central Lancashire and has written thousands of biographies and reviews for Allmusic.com, among several other pieces for established music publications.

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