Ring Your Bell

Words and Music by Raccoon

as recorded on Nature’s Cathedrals

 

The chord progressions to this song are basically (without the 7th, sus4, etc. variations):

·        A, D*, G

·        A, D

·        F, E, F, G, A, D*, G

 

The chords in the progressions to this song are more specifically:

·        A, A7, A7sus4, A, D*, G

·        A, A7, A7sus4, A, D

·        “Lick” 1 – D**, Dsus4, D, Dsus2, D

·        “Lick” 2 – starts at the 3rd fret on the low E string:

G A C D F# G F# D F# G G F# D G F# F# G A

·        “Lick” 3 - D**, F, G, Bb, A, F, G, F, D

·        F, E, F, G, A, A7, Asus4, A, D, G

·        A, D*, G

 

Note: The A chord is done using the E-form bar chord at the 5th fret. For the A7, lift your pinkie. For the A7sus4, place your pinkie down one string (7th fret on G string). (I will add chord diagrams later).

 

* This D chord is played with the ring finger on the 5th fret of the 6th string, the pinkie on the 5th fret of the 5th string and the middle finger on the 4th fret of the 4th string (same as using the C form brought up two frets and adding the low A note on the E string at the 5th fret - It’s essentially a D chord with A as the bass note). Only strum the top 3 bass strings. (I will add chord diagrams later).

 

** Note: He throws this progression in the middle of the basic D to A – similar to his song, “Concrete Mountains.” The D is done by playing a regular D chord and putting your pinkie on the 5th fret of the high-E string (the A note) then this same form is used for the rest of the chords, i.e. the F is 3 frets above the D. (I will add chord diagrams later).

 

A A7                           A7sus4       A         D*      G

I haven’t got the glue to mend your broken heart

A                       A7sus4

I don’t think this song’s gonna do it

           A              D*  D

But at least it’s a start

A  A7                                           A7sus4    A        D*  G

I can see you’re tired and you have nothing much to say

A  A7                    A7sus4           A                             D* D**

Sleep well my friend – I’ll be back at the break of day

 

F                                    E

So keep on dancin' to the beat of the drum

F                                      G          A   A7

You’ll still be dancin' when daylight comes

                               A7sus4  A  D*     G

We’ll be dancin' when daylight comes

 

A                     A7          A7sus4         A

Young children dance with never being told

D*                                                          G

Most of them forget though as they grow old

      A            A7 A7sus4   A          D*    G

So dance, yeah - Let your children dance

A         A7      A7sus4           A

If you dance your whole life long

        D*                                                           G

Your soul will keep on dancin' when your body is gone

      A       A7  A7sus4        A      D*

So dance, yeah - Let your spirit dance

 

          A                    A7                    A7sus4    A

When all the rest are dead and gone to hell

              D*                                                             G

You’ll be dancin' on the Mountain Top and ringin' your bell

             A                 A7         A7sus4          A

And the bell that you ring is the song in your soul

     D*                                          G     A    A7

To ring that bell is your goal so go and dance

A7sus4   A        D*  G            A A7 A7sus4       A              D*

Let the nations dance - If they do, future generations will dance

 

F                                    E

So keep on dancin' to the beat of the drum

F                                      G          A     A7

You’ll still be dancin' when daylight comes

A7sus4                       A          D*

We’ll be dancin' when daylight comes

 

A                                             D*

I wish if I could step inside the music

            A             A7   A7sus4       A                    D*  (G A C D F# G F# D F# G G F# D G F# F# G A)

Cuz my whole life long I feel that I belong inside a song

A               A7               A7sus4    A        D*         G

What would be your choice if you could choose it?

A                                      D*

Where in this world do you belong?

 

F                          E

So let the rhythm rattle your bones

F                                   G                      A     A7

Let the wings of melody carry your spirit Home

       A7sus4        A       D*

Let it carry your spirit Home, yeah

G              A A7 A7sus4 A  D*           G

No, no, no, carry my spirit Home, yeah

     A  A7  A7sus4   A       D*    G

Oh carry, carry my spirit Home

A  A7  A7sus4    A      D*

Carry, carry my spirit Home