Chimes Of Freedom

Album: Another Side of Bob Dylan (1964)
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  • Far between sundown's finish an' midnight's broken toll
    We ducked inside the doorway, thunder crashing
    As majestic bells of bolts struck shadows in the sounds
    Seeming to be the chimes of freedom flashing
    Flashing for the warriors whose strength is not to fight
    Flashing for the refugees on the unarmed road of flight
    An' for each an' ev'ry underdog soldier in the night
    An' we gazed upon the chimes of freedom flashing

    Through the city's melted furnace, unexpectedly we watched
    With faces hidden as the walls were tightening
    As the echo of the wedding bells before the blowin' rain
    Dissolved into the bells of the lightning
    Tolling for the rebel, tolling for the rake
    Tolling for the luckless, the abandoned an' forsakened
    Tolling for the outcast, burnin' constantly at stake
    An' we gazed upon the chimes of freedom flashing

    Through the mad mystic hammering of the wild ripping hail
    The sky cracked its poems in naked wonder
    That the clinging of the church bells blew far into the breeze
    Leaving only bells of lightning and its thunder
    Striking for the gentle, striking for the kind
    Striking for the guardians and protectors of the mind
    An' the poet and the painter far behind his rightful time
    An' we gazed upon the chimes of freedom flashing

    In the wild cathedral evening the rain unraveled tales
    For the disrobed faceless forms of no position
    Tolling for the tongues with no place to bring their thoughts
    All down in taken-for-granted situations
    Tolling for the deaf an' blind, tolling for the mute
    For the mistreated, mateless mother, the mistitled prostitute
    For the misdemeanor outlaw, chaineded an' cheated by pursuit
    An' we gazed upon the chimes of freedom flashing

    Even though a cloud's white curtain in a far-off corner flared
    An' the hypnotic splattered mist was slowly lifting
    Electric light still struck like arrows, fired but for the ones
    Condemned to drift or else be kept from drifting
    Tolling for the searching ones, on their speechless, seeking trail
    For the lonesome-hearted lovers with too personal a tale
    An' for each unharmful, gentle soul misplaced inside a jail
    An' we gazed upon the chimes of freedom flashing

    Starry-eyed an' laughing as I recall when we were caught
    Trapped by no track of hours for they hanged suspended
    As we listened one last time an' we watched with one last look
    Spellbound an' swallowed 'til the tolling ended
    Tolling for the aching whose wounds cannot be nursed
    For the countless confused, accused, misused, strung-out ones an' worse
    An' for every hung-up person in the whole wide universe
    An' we gazed upon the chimes of freedom flashing Writer/s: BOB DYLAN
    Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Group
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Comments: 2

  • Edlis from Havanahttps://www.facebook.com/groups/edlis.cafe/permalink/708882165816985/

    "Bob's song "Chimes of Freedom" was begun when he was staying at the Waldorf Astoria on Charles St. in Toronto in 1964; the original MS is on hotel stationery. Listening to the song today, I noticed that church bells are repeatedly mentioned, and this got me wondering if he was hearing church bells in his hotel room. He was in Toronto to tape the CBC television show "Quest" on Saturday, Feb. 1. Did he hear church bells the following Sunday morning, coming from St. Paul's Anglican Church, just across Hayden Street? As for the weather - the "thunder crashing", the "blowin' rain" and the "wild ripping hail," there was 5 mm of rain the night of January 31. I called St. Paul's and they have one bell, now decommissioned." — Mike Daley
  • Reg from Kemptville, On"Chimes Of Freedom" is one of the Dylan songs covered by The Byrds.
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