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Lyr Req: Cathedral Bells

GUEST,mawwall123@aol.com 30 May 00 - 09:08 AM
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Subject: Cathedral Bells
From: GUEST,mawwall123@aol.com
Date: 30 May 00 - 09:08 AM

Around 1963 I heard a folk group called The Wayfarers sing this song. I'd love to get the rest of the words and chords for it; it really is a pretty thing.

Cathedral Bells rang soft their song To knell our night of love. Tis oft that I can heard them still The gentle ringing of --- (and then a word I can't make out)

If you know the lyrics or the group (3 guys who played around South Carolina and recorded one album that I know of) please email me at the address above. Thank you Anne Wallace


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Subject: Lyr Add: CATHEDRAL (from The Wayfarers)
From: raredance
Date: 07 Jun 00 - 10:43 PM

CATHEDRAL
(Miller-Socher, recorded The Wayfarers at the Hungry I (RCA LPM-2735, 1963)

I was young and wandered far,
My young years for to bide,
The dearest thing I ever knew
Were bells at morning tide.
The silver bells, the golden bells,
The bells of far and near.
I wish that I were young again,
That I again might hear,
Orleans.

A maid of raven hair and eyes,
Once loved me in a night.
Her breasts were milk and honey sweet,
Her voice was heaven's light.
Cathedral bells sang soft a song
To knell our night of love.
'Tis often I can hear them still,
The gentle ringing of
?? (boor-zhan-see,)

She begged me stay and keep our love,
She begged me keep it long;
But I was born for wandering,
She could not keep me long.
For seas there are to conquer on,
And lands there are to find,
Bells there are to hear and love
And then to leave behind
Notre Dame.

We warred upon the seas of green,
We warred on lands of gold;
And war can make a young man wise
And make a wise man old.
The sword it thirsts to drink of man,
The sword at last must win.
Today is gone and yesterday
Must echo in the wind.
?? (boor-zhan-see,)

O death is not the worst of things
And life is not the best;
But a man should be at home at last
When his time has come to rest.
Come bear me gently homeward
To my land of bells and love.
Come lay me in the valley,
Let me hear the ringing of
Orleans,
?? (boor-zhan-see,)
Notre Dame...(more French?)
Ahhhhhhhhhh
Orleans

Comments: I don't know much about French cathedrals and even less French itself. I was pretty proud of myself for figuring out Orleans (or-lee on) on the third take. I made a feeble attempt at phonetics for the other cathedral. Maybe somebody can solve that puzzle with a three-syllable name. I didn't even try phonetics for the short line after the last "Notre Dame (no-trah-dom in the song). I have unresolved questions about the authors/composers, Miller-Socher. The Wayfarers were Tom Adams, Dick Baily, Ray Blouin, and Sean Bonniwell. None of them are Miller or Socher. Socher, whoever that is, gives himself at least partial credit for every song (11 of them) on the album except Woody Guthrie's "Pastures of Plenty." Miller and Socher team up for 6 of the songs including "Folksinger", "Darling Corey," "Old Fool" (a.k.a. 5/7 Nights Drunk), "Cathedral", "Mountain Dew" and "Skyjacker". Skyjacker and Folksinger are obviously new songs that they must have written.

Just as obviously, they did not write Darling Corey, Mountain Dew, and Old Fool. The Wayfarers and Socher take credit for "Twelve Gates"(to the City), "Father O Dear Father" (version of the song where Dad says his daughter can't marry anybody because they are all half-brothers, but Mom finally says choose who you want because you are not related to Dad), "Jordan River" and "Artsa Alinu". Miller, Socher, and the Wayfarers all claim "Kangaroo" which is a different arrangement and new verses to "Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport." So I cannot determine if Miller and Socher actually wrote "Cathedral" or, adapted it from something else, or appropriated a pre-existing song.

rich r


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cathedral Bells
From: raredance
Date: 07 Jun 00 - 10:54 PM

key to typos:

"Ust" = Just

I didn't explicitly state that the "Wayfarers" that recorded the album I got the song from were a quartet and not a trio. I listed four names so you probably could have figured that out. Two had gone to Willamette University in Oregon, (one was originally from Charleston, South Carolina), and the other two had attended San Jose State in California. The had at least one other RCA album called "Come Along With The Wayfarers".

rich r


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cathedral Bells
From: GUEST
Date: 29 Jun 10 - 10:13 PM

I had a vocal teacher a while back give me this song. I thought of it a bit ago and found your thread. Here is what I have, some chords and maybe some help with the french.

Am             G
I was young and wandered far
   C                  Am
my young years for to bide
    F                  Dm
the dearest thing that e're i knew
    G                E
were bells at morning tide
    Am                G
the silver bells, the golden bells
    C                Am
the bells of far and near
F               Dm
I wish that I was young once more
    G             E
That I again might hear
Am
Orleans   (or-lay-ons)


A maid of raven hair and eyes
once loved me on a night
her breasts were milk and honey sweet
her voice was heavens light
cathedral bell rang soft a song
to knell our night of love
tis onften i can hear them still
the gentle ringing of
Morjean Cie    (more-john-see)

She begged me stay and keep our love
she begged me deep and long
but i was born for wandering
she could not keep me long
for seas there were to conquer on
and lands there were to find
bells there were to hear and love
and then to leave behind
Notre Dame

We warred upon the seas of green
we warred on lands of gold
but war can make a young man wise
and make a wise man old
the sword it thirsts to drink of man
the sword at last must win
today is gone and yesterday
must echo in the wind
De Cleary (de-Clair-ee)

But death is not the worst of things
and life is not the best
but a man should be at home at last
when his time has come to rest
come bear me gently homeward
to my land of bells and love
come lay me in the valley
let me hear the ringing of
Am G Am C    G C
Orleans Morjean Cie
       Dm       E
Notre Dame DeCleary

Am G C-Am

Am G Am
Orleans


Anyway, I hope that helped or interested someone, the chords may not be what the original used, but they were what fit my range at the time. best of luck.


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Subject: ADD:Le Carillon de Vendôme(French Cathedral Round)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 29 Jun 10 - 10:24 PM

This is based on the canon (round) that French teachers inflict upon beginning students.

From The Rough Guide to the Loire:
    Before Joan of Arc steeled him to fight for his kingdom and his coronation, the lands controlled by the Dauphin Charles were meagre indeed. A contemporary rhyme tells the litany of his possessions:
      Le Carillon de Vendôme
      Mes amis que reste-t-il,
      A ce Dauphin si gentil,
      Orléans, Beaugency,
      Notre Dame de Cléry, Vendôme, Vendôme
      O my friends, what land is there
      Left to this young prince and heir?
      Orléans, Beaugency,
      and Our Lady of Cléry, Vendôme, Vendôme

      Click to play (MIDI by Monique)

    The poem was set to music, and the tune, known as Le Carillon de Vendôme, is now rung out three times daily by the bells at Beugency and hourly at Vendôme...

More in this message and a recording here at mamalisa.com (click). Oh, and there are recordings by David Crosby and by Crosby and Graham Nash.
I really liked this page (click) on the song (with embedded MIDI).

The round I know just names the churches (which aren't all cathedrals):

Also see Beaugency and Le Carillon de Vendôme.

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cathedral Bells
From: GUEST
Date: 03 Jun 13 - 11:40 AM

Dm - C - F - Bb - Bb6th - G - G6th - A7 - D - Dm


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cathedral Bells
From: GUEST
Date: 03 Jun 13 - 12:01 PM

Beau chante


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cathedral Bells
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 03 Jun 13 - 12:28 PM

Somewhere I have the lp of their concert at the Hungry I. I'll see if I can find it. I had forgotten about this group.


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