Ring Your Bell

Words and Music by Raccoon

as recorded on Road Kill

 

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

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

I don’t think this song’s gonna do it

But at least it’s a start

I can see you’re tired or you got nothing to see

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

 

So keep on dancin' to the beat of the drum

You’ll still be dancin' when daylight comes

You’ll be dancin' when daylight comes

You’ll be dancin' – You’ll be dancin' when daylight comes

 

Young children dance with never bein' 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 spirit dance

 

When all the rest are dead and gone to hell

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

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

And to ring that bell is your goal so go and dance

Let the nations dance

And if they do, future generations gonna dance

 

So keep on dancin' to the beat of the drum

You’ll still be dancin' when daylight come

You’ll be dancin' when daylight come

 

I wish if I could step inside the music

Because my whole life long

I feel that I belong inside a song, yeah

What would be your choice if you could choose it?

Where in this world do you belong? Yeah

 

So let the rhythm rattle your bones

Let the wings of melody carry your spirit home

Gonna carry your spirit on home

Say yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah carry

Carry your spirit on home

Say yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah aah

Carry your spirit on home