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Thread #49675   Message #3581823
Posted By: Joe Offer
05-Dec-13 - 04:25 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: The Bells of Hell Go Ting-A-Ling-A-Ling
Subject: Lyr Add: THE BELLS OF HELL GO TING-A-LING-A-LING
Ah, meself, but the theological implications are profound:

Here's are the lyrics from Max Arthur's When This Bloody War Is Over: Soldiers' Songs of the First World War (2001). I like the background notes.

The Bells of Hell go ting-a-ling-a-ling
[tune: She Only Answered Ting-a-ling-a-ling]

The Bells of Hell go ting-a-ling-a-ling
For you but not for me:
For me the angels sing-a-ling-a-ling,
For you but not for me. [this line doesn't fit logically, so I think the author has it wrong]

Oh! Death, where is thy sting-a-ling-a-ling
Oh! Grave, thy victory?
The Bells of Hell go ting-a-ling-a-ling
For you but not for me. ^^^

Often sung by soldiers as they came out of the line as others were passing, heading for the Front. Strong emphasis was put on the word 'you.'


So, I wonder if we can find the lyrics to "She Only Answered Ting-a-ling-a-ling."