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Re: Hear The Bells
« Reply #15 on: July 21, 2011, 01:31:54 pm »
I've finally started falling in love with this song. :) Anyone want to help me figuring out the chorus and the bridge for some sort of piano arrangement? ._.
"The road is ahead of us, so let's start out today...The people and the friends that we have lost, or the dreams that have faded... Never forget them."



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Re: Hear The Bells
« Reply #16 on: July 21, 2011, 02:50:00 pm »
The chords for the chorus.

Dm - Am - C - G

Actually, that's pretty much the whole thing.

Floating on the sea, stars are watching me. Currents take me out, what will be will be.

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Re: Hear The Bells
« Reply #17 on: July 23, 2011, 10:55:48 am »
._. This whole time I was playing Am - C - G - F for the verses...
"The road is ahead of us, so let's start out today...The people and the friends that we have lost, or the dreams that have faded... Never forget them."



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Re: Hear The Bells
« Reply #18 on: July 25, 2011, 07:08:02 pm »
I just have to say that this song is incredibly haunting and magical and I am in love with it. =] <3
plus listening to it on a night like this with thunderstorms rolling through and the rain...its just perfect.  ;D

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Re: Hear The Bells
« Reply #19 on: July 26, 2011, 04:49:41 am »
This is the most beautiful song in the entire universe:

"Floating on the sea, stars are watching me.
Current takes me out, what will be will be."

Incredible.

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Re: Hear The Bells
« Reply #20 on: July 26, 2011, 08:03:42 am »
Just finished what I heard from the lyrics from the 1:30 snippet!  :D

Hear the bells
Hear the bells
December, crossing (?) Chinatown
As the wind starts to cut through
Always, always on the look out
But the poison's running through you
My stomach aches, try to concentrate
Up the stairs another floor
Now I'm asking a witch doctor
But the witch doctor won't tell
Hear the bells
Hear the bells
Hear the bells
Hear the bells
Fighting along the sea
Stars are watching me
Current takes me out
What will be, will be

Lyrics copied from the ROTR digital booklet...

stealing glances through the keyhole
in a brick wall’s wooden door
chains are keeping quiet secrets
on 200 year-old folklore

there’s a graveyard on elizabeth
where no one ever goes
kneel and pray to the gravestone
but the gravestone never tells

hear the bells
hear the bells

december crossing arms in chinatown
as the wind starts to cut through
always, always on the lookout but the poison’s running
through you

my stomach aches, try to concentrate
walk the stairs to the 3rd floor
now i’m asking the witchdoctor
but the witchdoctor won’t tell

hear the bells
hear the bells
hear the bells
hear the bells

floating on the sea, stars are watching me
current takes me out, what will be will be

floating on the sea, stars are watching me
current takes me out, what will be will be

hear the bells
hear the bells
hear the bells
hear the bells


Peace

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Re: Hear The Bells
« Reply #21 on: July 27, 2011, 04:15:36 am »
The lyrics are so beautiful. I'm speechless.
« Last Edit: July 27, 2011, 04:17:45 am by Sini »
'cause i'm blind to all the good you see
and prefer a fine tragedy

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Re: Hear The Bells
« Reply #22 on: July 27, 2011, 06:25:24 am »
The song kind of reminds me of The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath.

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Re: Hear The Bells
« Reply #23 on: July 27, 2011, 10:11:59 am »
I think I'm kinda getting to figuring out what this song is about... Well, I knew what it was about (her recovery), but I couldn't piece the song with the recovery... and I think I've kinda got it.... a little? haha... Okay....
So she goes to this cemetery where there are all these gravestones (duh :P) And she looks to the people there and to what is there to think and ponder what she should do. She said she was lost and questioning herself and her life a lot, so that's what she's thinking about. She also said that the graveyard was one of her favorite places, so I am guessing that she went there a lot just for peace and relaxation. But she still is lost and can't figure out her life. Then, she goes to the witch doctor, who we now know about... the Chinatown thing makes sense.. haha... so she goes to him and she feels really bad, but even he can't figure out what's going on with her.... The bridge. I think that that is about her finally coming to this realization that life is what life is and you have to take whatever it throws at you... Oh ya... the kinda important part. I think the Hear the Bells chorus is basically about her being sick and the turmoil. Sometimes, bells can sound really pretty and lovely, but other times, they can sound really blended and mixed in this muddle. So I think that she can use that same analogy for when she feels bad and when she recovers... you see? haha... maybe? :)
All I hear is the music.... and beauty stands... before me... and love comes back... around again, it's a carousel my friend.... :)

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Re: Hear The Bells
« Reply #24 on: July 27, 2011, 03:37:45 pm »
love how V plays a real harmonium on this song! About time lol :P

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Re: Hear The Bells
« Reply #25 on: July 27, 2011, 05:35:41 pm »
love how V plays a real harmonium on this song! About time lol :P


I think you mean Marching Line? When I saw that in the booklet I had to laugh. Kind of funny that she actually plays a harmonium 7 years after Harmonium actually comes out XD
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Re: Hear The Bells
« Reply #26 on: July 27, 2011, 05:43:23 pm »
love how V plays a real harmonium on this song! About time lol :P


I think you mean Marching Line? When I saw that in the booklet I had to laugh. Kind of funny that she actually plays a harmonium 7 years after Harmonium actually comes out XD

Oh yeah! oops lol, I do mean marching line. I got them mixed up thinking the piano part with the wailing vocals on HTB could be a harmonium, because I remember V saying it sounds like a music box, but then I double checked the booklet  :)

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Re: Hear The Bells
« Reply #27 on: August 02, 2011, 07:08:06 pm »
The chords for the chorus.

Dm - Am - C - G

Actually, that's pretty much the whole thing.

In the chorus, I hear:
Dm - F - Am - G

I could be wrong though :P

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Re: Hear The Bells
« Reply #28 on: August 08, 2011, 12:25:11 pm »
Then, she goes to the witch doctor, who we now know about... the Chinatown thing makes sense.. haha... so she goes to him and she feels really bad, but even he can't figure out what's going on with her.... The bridge.

Who is the witch doctor?  ??? LOL i'm so lost on that part, but for the most part i kind of piece it together like you did before i read your response to the song.

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Re: Hear The Bells
« Reply #29 on: August 08, 2011, 02:01:48 pm »
Then, she goes to the witch doctor, who we now know about... the Chinatown thing makes sense.. haha... so she goes to him and she feels really bad, but even he can't figure out what's going on with her.... The bridge.

Who is the witch doctor?  ??? LOL i'm so lost on that part, but for the most part i kind of piece it together like you did before i read your response to the song.

She recently said that she literally goes to a Chinese witch doctor for some herbal tea.  I think a witch doctor is someone who has deep knowledge of natural medicine and remedies without necessarily having any degrees.  I think they also use their faith and chants to heal as well. However, I stand true to my original thesis that in the song seeing a witch doctor means going to therapy.  Before she gave us the bit about actually seeing a witch doctor i thought this because a lot of times people see psychiatry as stupid or that the doctors themselves are quacks (as some think of witch doctors).  Also when she sings about asking the witch doctor but the witch doctor won't tell - to me that is classic psychiatry - they make you answer your own questions.  The patient sits and talks and the therapist just listens with giving occasional feedback but will usually let the patient just talk it out.  those are my thoughts.
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