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Ring them bells Sweet Martha / For the poor man’s son

Saturday, 25 February, 2012

Produced by Daniel Lanois and hailed by critics as a triumph, Oh Mercy was Bob Dylan’s 26th studio album. It was released in 1989, which was 12 years before Sarah Jarosz was born in Austin, Texas. She picked up the mandolin at 10 and a decade later she was being called “a songwriter of uncommon wisdom” by the Austin Chronicle. Here’s her interpretation of “Ring Them Bells” from Oh Mercy.

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


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