Bob Dylan: Ring them Bells, East Rutherford, New Jersey 13 November 1999 (video)

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Ring them bells, ye heathen
From the city that dreams
Ring them bells from the sanctuaries
’Cross the valleys and streams
For they’re deep and they’re wide
And the world’s on its side
And time is running backwards
And so is the bride

Continental Airlines Arena
East Rutherford, New Jersey
13 November 1999

  • Bob Dylan (vocal & guitar)
  • Charlie Sexton (guitar)
  • Larry Campbell (guitar, mandolin, pedal steel guitar & electric slide guitar)
  • Tony Garnier (bass)
  • David Kemper (drums & percussion)

Ring them bells St. Peter
Where the four winds blow
Ring them bells with an iron hand
So the people will know
Oh it’s rush hour now
On the wheel and the plow
And the sun is going down
Upon the sacred cow

Ring them bells Sweet Martha
For the poor man’s son
Ring them bells so the world will know
That God is one
Oh the shepherd is asleep
Where the willows weep
And the mountains are filled
With lost sheep

Ring them bells for the blind and the deaf
Ring them bells for all of us who are left
Ring them bells for the chosen few
Who will judge the many when the game is through
Ring them bells, for the time that flies
For the child that cries
When innocence dies

Ring them bells St. Catherine
From the top of the room
Ring them from the fortress
For the lilies that bloom
Oh the lines are long
And the fighting is strong
And they’re breaking down the distance
Between right and wrong


One thought on “Bob Dylan: Ring them Bells, East Rutherford, New Jersey 13 November 1999 (video)”

  1. Probably the song that has been on the top of my play list for the past 10 years…along with Mississippi….and a great performance from the song and dance man, very poignant. It’s kind of funny I thought the lyric was “yeah, hear them”, but my hearing has sort of left me. That’s a big bass Tony had going for that show. Wonder how many people were there? Thanks for the posting as always. Roll on Bob and Egil.

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