52 Weeks-Episode 7: Ring Out, Wild Bells

Seth sings one! This week Caleb and Google collaborate to suggest an Alfred, Lord Tennyson poem as a worthy mate to a guitar riff of Mr. Dean, Sr.’s creation. (Names containing commas are certainly the best.) Ethan joins in with the low-strung guitar. Beauty ensues.

Here’s the song!

The poem:
Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky,
The flying cloud, the frosty light;
The year is dying in the night;
Ring out, wild bells, and let him die.

Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.

Ring out the grief that saps the mind,
For those that here we see no more,
Ring out the feud of rich and poor,
Ring in redress to all mankind.

Ring out a slowly dying cause,
And ancient forms of party strife;
Ring in the nobler modes of life,
With sweeter manners, purer laws.

Ring out the want, the care, the sin,
The faithless coldness of the times;
Ring out, ring out thy mournful rhymes,
But ring the fuller minstrel in.

Ring out false pride in place and blood,
The civic slander and the spite;
Ring in the love of truth and right,
Ring in the common love of good.

Ring out old shapes of foul disease,
Ring out the narrowing lust of gold;
Ring out the thousand wars of old,
Ring in the thousand years of peace.

Ring in the valiant man and free,
The larger heart, the kindlier hand;
Ring out the darkness of the land,
Ring in the Christ that is to be.

Alfred, Lord Tennyson

This song is part of a Songwriting Exercise we’re calling 52 Weeks. Check in next Friday for yet another song. Listen and let us know what you think, and be sure to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes .

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11 Comments

  1. Um, just HAD to comment in a complimentary form. I loved this. I think it’s brilliantly composed and the inspired lyrics wonderfully transcribed. It makes me want to hear more like it.

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  2. Um, just HAD to comment in a complimentary form. I loved this. I think it’s brilliantly composed and the inspired lyrics wonderfully transcribed. It makes me want to hear more like it.

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  3. OH WOW!!! This is so amazing! Let me lend my menial talents to describe what this song stirred in me.

    The words of the author mixed with the melancholy guitar riffs of the musician have given these words a new hope. As the song weaves it’s tranquil web around the listener it begins to rouse with in that soul a renewed sense of diligence to their life as they realize forgetfulness for the old and excited purpose for the new. The combination leaves one thoughtful and ready for all that is yet to come.

    Bravo and Congratulations! I suggest submitting this to local radio stations to see if they will give their listeners a chance to know what true artistry is.

    (not that i’m biased or anything)

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  4. OH WOW!!! This is so amazing! Let me lend my menial talents to describe what this song stirred in me.

    The words of the author mixed with the melancholy guitar riffs of the musician have given these words a new hope. As the song weaves it’s tranquil web around the listener it begins to rouse with in that soul a renewed sense of diligence to their life as they realize forgetfulness for the old and excited purpose for the new. The combination leaves one thoughtful and ready for all that is yet to come.

    Bravo and Congratulations! I suggest submitting this to local radio stations to see if they will give their listeners a chance to know what true artistry is.

    (not that i’m biased or anything)

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  5. Wow this song is amazing. How do I get a copy of it? where can I download it?

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    • This is the only recording right now. Someday we’ll do it right. Meanwhile, download this!

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  6. Wow this song is amazing. How do I get a copy of it? where can I download it?

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    • This is the only recording right now. Someday we’ll do it right. Meanwhile, download this!

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  7. This has really grown on me. Lots.

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  8. This has really grown on me. Lots.

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  9. I don’t know how I missed these earlier releases. I love this one. Definitely a unique sound from the norm we hear nowadays. I hope this one is on the new album

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