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Thread #97449   Message #1917429
Posted By: GUEST,leeneia
23-Dec-06 - 10:01 AM
Thread Name: Origins: 'Three Bells' Jimmy Brown
Subject: Lyr Add: THE THREE BELLS
Never mind what that says, I am not a Guest.

Here's the lyrics for a song I'm wondering about today.
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There's a village hidden deep in the valley among the pine trees half forlorn,
And there on a sunny morning, little Jimmy Brown was born.

All the chapel bells were ringing
In the little valley town,
And the songs that they were singing
Was for baby Jimmy Brown;
And the little congregation
Prayed for guidance from above:
"Lead us not into temptation.
Bless this hour of meditation.
Guide him with eternal love."

There's a village hidden deep in the valley beneath the mountains high above.
And there twenty years thereafter, Jimmy was to meet his love.

All the chapel bells were ringing.
'Twas a great day in his life,
'Cause the songs that they were singing
Was for Jimmy and his wife;
And the little congregation
Prayed for guidance from above:
"Lead us not into temptation.
Bless, O Lord, this celebration.
May their lives be filled with love."

From the village hidden deep in the valley one rainy morning dark and grey
A soul winged its way to heaven. Jimmy Brown had passed away.

Just the lonely bell was ringing
In the little valley town.
'Twas farewell that it was singing
To our good old Jimmy Brown;
And the little congregation
Prayed for guidance from above:
"Lead us not into temptation.
May his soul find the salvation
Of Thy great eternal love."
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When I was a kid, we used to listen to the Wally Phillips show on WGN (Chicago) in the evening. That's where I heard this song and learned the tune. It seemed to me that the singers had a foreign accent, but I never did hear who they were or where they came from. The song has stuck in my mind ever since. Does anybody know anything about it?

Today I wonder whether that "foreign accent" I heard as a kid was Cajun.

The website where I found the words simply gives "Classic Country" for the source, so that's no help.