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Lyr Req: Ring-A-Ding Bird (Bert Jansch)

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GUEST,colm@dis.strath.ac.uk 16 May 00 - 12:49 PM
Jim Dixon 22 Apr 03 - 11:25 PM
Jim Dixon 17 Jan 12 - 05:55 PM
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Subject: Ring-A-Ding Bird
From: GUEST,colm@dis.strath.ac.uk
Date: 16 May 00 - 12:49 PM

Hello all,

Thanks for a nice, useful site. I've managed to unpick Bert Jansch's epic guitar playing on Ring-A-Ding Bird (from the album It Don't Bother Me) but I can't quite decode the lyrics... Does anyone know them?

I'm slightly concerned that if Jansch wrote the song then I'm probably inciting someone to copyright violation - is this the case? (I reckon Bert wouldn't mind....)

Anyway, thanks for any help.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ring-A-Ding Bird (Bert Jansch)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 22 Apr 03 - 11:25 PM

I was able to transcribe this much from a couple of sound samples at Yahoo! Music. I failed to find any lyrics on the web, though, which is usually the case for Jansch songs.

...jingling and sweetly does it call.
Oh ring-a-ding
Oh ring-a-ding
Oh ring-a-ding bird, sing your song for me.

Hey, little bird,
I walk beneath the trees
And I see an ageless man
Who plays a timeless tune
Upon a golden banjo
And he sings a song of laughter
And sadness....


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Subject: Lyr Add: RING-A-DING BIRD (Bert Jansch)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 17 Jan 12 - 05:55 PM

Lyrics copied from http://letras.azmusica.com.br/letras_bert_jansch/letras_other/letra_ring-a-ding_bird.html and checked by me against the recording. I have made a few corrections according to how I hear it.

RING-A-DING BIRD
As sung by Bert Jansch on "It Don't Bother Me" (1965)

Oh, ring-a-ding
Oh, ring-a-ding
Little bird
Oh, ring-a-ding
Oh, ring-a-ding
Little bird
Oh, ring-a-ding
Oh, ring-a-ding

Little bird
How silly sound the rain drops
Are dancing at my feet
And tingling on my face
It seems to sparkle yeah, then weeps for me
And they carry it by a dream
Of raindrops through the night
A song I hear a-jingling
And sweetly does it call
Oh, ring-a-ding
Oh, ring-a-ding
Oh, ring-a-ding, bird
Sing your song for me

Hey, little bird
I walk beneath the trees
And I see an ageless man
Who plays a timeless tune
Upon a golden banjo
And he sings a song of laughter
And sadness that whispers
To the darkness of the trees

Oh, ring-a-ding
Oh, ring-a-ding
Little bird
Oh, ring-a-ding
Oh, ring-a-ding
Little bird
Oh, ring-a-ding
Ring-a-ding
Little bird
Oh, ring-a-ding

Oh, ring-a-ding bird in a ding-dong tree
Won't you sing a song to me
Oh, crazy little bird of my dreams

And now I see
A dancing boy who steps the stones
That mark the path of time
To catch the wind that blows his blues away
Oh, ring-a-ding bird, can't you see the sadness
That's deep in his eyes?

Little bird,
Oh, ring-a-ding
Oh, ring-a-ding
Little bird
Oh, ring-a-ding
Oh, ring-a-ding
Little bird
Oh, ring-a-ding
Oh, ring-a-ding, bird
Sitting high
I wonder now why you don't fly away
Little bird of my dreams

Hey little bird
Please set me free
I beg of you

For now I see
A strange young girl
Who is standing there
And she cries alone
Beneath the branches
That are hangin' splendour
Who she might be
Lord, I'll never know
Until I'm free
Must I pass her by?
How I wish you could hear
What is calling on me
Strange young girl
Set me free from the spell
And a-hold me to thy breast
Then lead me from the woodland
And the call that I hear
Oh, ring-a-ding
Oh, ring-a-ding
Little bird
Oh, ring-a-ding
Oh, ring-a-ding
Little bird
Oh, ring-a-ding
Oh, ring-a-ding
Little bird
Oh, ring-a-ding
Oh, ring-a-ding
Set me free
Oh, ring-a-ding
Oh, ring-a-ding
Set me free, Oh, little bird
Oh, ring-a-ding

Oh, ring-a-ding

Oh, ring-a-ding
Oh, ring-a-ding


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