Diamond wrote this for his girlfriend Jaye Posner, who later became his first wife. Said Diamond: "I really wanted to impress her and I couldn't afford to buy her a gift, so I wrote a song called 'Hear Them Bells' and basically it was a song saying, 'Will you marry me?'"
This was the first song Diamond wrote. It wasn't released until 1996, when it was included on his 1996 boxed set. Diamond performed the song at some of his concerts in the '90s.
Taylor Swift's “Shake It Off” was inspired by how she'd learned to deal with all the false rumors that circulated about her. "The only thing we can control is our reaction to that ,” said Swift. "You can either let it get to you … [or] you just shake it off."