Ring Your Bell

Words and Music by Raccoon

as recorded at the 2001 Rainbow Gathering in Idaho

 

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

·        A, D*, G

·        A, D

·        F, E, F, G, A, D*, G

 

The chord progressions to this song are more specifically: 

·        A, A7sus4, D*, G

·        A, A7sus4, A, D

·        D**, F, G, Bb, A, F, G, F, D

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

 

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

 

* 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).

 

There is also a bass lick he plays a few times between the basic D to A.

 

 

A                                 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                                                  A7sus4    A        D*  G

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

A                    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  D*     G

We’ll be dancin' when daylight comes

                A7sus4   A

We will be dancin'

 

We’ll be dancin' when daylight comes

 

Young children dance with never being told

Most of them forget though as they grow old

So dance, yeah - Let your children dance

If you dance your whole life long

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

So dance, yeah - Let your spirits dance

 

When your life is done and you’ve lived it well

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

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

To ring that bell is your goal so go and dance

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

 

So keep on dancin' to the beat of the drum

You’ll still be dancin' when daylight comes

We’ll be dancin' when daylight comes, aay

We will be dancin'

We’ll be dancin' when daylight comes

 

I see a circle of stone

I see a circle of light

I see a circle of faces, aaaye

That are all dancin' in sight

 

I see a circle of truth

Deep inside a circle of lies

Without the light of truth

Every lie of darkness dies

 

So keep on dancin' to the beat of the drum

You’ll still be dancin' when daylight comes

We’ll be dancin' when daylight comes, yeah

We will be dancin'

We’ll be dancin' when daylight comes

 

I wish if I could step inside the music

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

What would be your choice if you could choose it?

Where in this world do you belong?

 

So let the rhythm rattle your bones

Let the wings of melody carry your spirit home

Let it carry your spirit home, yeah

No, no, no, carry – carry my spirit home, yeah

No, no, no carry my spirit home, yeah

No, no, no carry my spirit home, yeah

Hey, hey, hey carry my spirit home, yeah

No, no, no carry my spirit home, yeah

Hey, hey, hey carry my spirit home, yeah

No, no, no carry – carry my spirit home