American Old Time Song Lyrics: 20 Hear Dem Bells

Theater, Music-Hall, Nostalgic, Irish & Historic Old Songs, Volume 20

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Copyright, 1880, by The Chicago Music Co.

We goes to church in de early morn.
When de birds am a singin' on de trees;
Sometimes dese clo'es am werry much worn,
But we wears dem out at the knees.
At night when de moon am a shinin' bright.
And de clouds hab passed away,
Dem bells keep a ringin' for de gospel fight
Dat will last till de judgment day.

Hear dem bells! don't you hear dem bells?
Dey's a ringin' out de glory ob de lamb;
Hear dem bells! don't you hear dem bells?
Dey's a ringin' out de glory ob de lamb.

De church am old and de benches worn,
De bible am a gittin' hard to read;
But de spirit am dere, as sure as you're born.
Which is all de comfort we need.
We sing and shout wid all our might
To keep away de cold;
Dem bells keep a ringin' out de gospel light
Till de story ob de lamb is told. - Chorus.

All day we work in de cotton and de corn
Wid feet and hands so sore,
A prayin' for Gabriel to blow his horn,
So we don't hab to work any more.
I hear dem chariots comin' dis way,
And I know dey's comin' for me,
So ring dem bells till judgment day,
And de land dat I'se gwine for to see.-Chorus.
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