The Bells of Rhymney Albums Gigs Lyrics Comments

Details

Author
Pete Seeger, Idris Davies
Original Band
The Byrds

Albums

Title Artist Label Type Year
Two Halves for the Price of One The Soft Boys Armageddon Records Authorized 1981
Bells Of Rhymney Robyn Hitchcock Midnight Music Authorized 1984
Bells of Rhymney Robyn Hitchcock Plane Authorized 1984
fegMANIA! Robyn Hitchcock and The Egyptians Plane Authorized 1985
Rout Of The Clones The Soft Boys Unauthorized 1995
Luminous Groove Robyn Hitchcock and The Egyptians Yep Roc Authorized 2008
Luminous Groove Box Set sampler Robyn Hitchcock and The Egyptians Yep Roc Promo 2008

Gigs

Billed As Venue City State Country Date
Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians 688 Club Atlanta Georgia US November 22, 1985
Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians Stereodrome Bologna Italy February 12, 1987
Worst Case Scenario Cubby Bear's Chicago Illinois US March 05, 1989
The Soft Boys Lady Mitchell Hall Cambridge England UK November 27, 1978
Nigel and the Crosses Borderline London England UK May 28, 1989
Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians 9:30 Club Washington DC US November 13, 1986
The Soft Boys The Africa Centre London England UK May 22, 1980
Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians Cabaret Metro Chicago Illinois US June 22, 1985
The Soft Boys Fletcher's Baltimore Maryland US March 19, 2001
The Soft Boys 9:30 Club Washington DC US March 21, 2001
The Soft Boys Maxwell's Hoboken New Jersey US March 23, 2001
The Soft Boys The Horseshoe Tavern Toronto Ontario Canada March 28, 2001
The Soft Boys St. Andrew's Hall Detroit Michigan US March 29, 2001
The Soft Boys Cabaret Metro Chicago Illinois US March 30, 2001
The Soft Boys First Avenue Minneapolis Minnesota US March 31, 2001
The Soft Boys Richard's on Richards Vancouver British Columbia Canada April 03, 2001
The Soft Boys Pine Street Theatre Portland Oregon US April 05, 2001
The Soft Boys The Fillmore San Francisco California US April 07, 2001
Robyn Hitchcock & the Soft Boys Largo Los Angeles California US April 11, 2001
The Soft Boys Knitting Factory Los Angeles California US April 10, 2001
The Soft Boys Fleece and Firkin Bristol England UK April 19, 2001
The Soft Boys The Zodiac Oxford England UK April 27, 2001
The Soft Boys The Electric Ballroom London England UK April 26, 2001
The Soft Boys Variety Playhouse Atlanta Georgia US October 22, 2002
The Soft Boys Maxwell's Hoboken New Jersey US October 25, 2002
The Soft Boys The Bowery Ballroom New York New York US October 26, 2002
The Soft Boys The Double Door Chicago Illinois US October 28, 2002
The Soft Boys First Avenue Minneapolis Minnesota US October 29, 2002
The Soft Boys Slim's San Francisco California US November 02, 2002
The Soft Boys Largo Los Angeles California US November 05, 2002
The Soft Boys Railway Inn Winchester England UK October 16, 2002
The Soft Boys Mean Fiddler London England UK October 17, 2002
The Soft Boys Boat Race Cambridge England UK January 29, 2003
The Soft Boys La Scuderia Bologna Italy January 15, 2003
Robyn Hitchcock Crocodile Café Seattle Washington US April 21, 2002
The Soft Boys The Evershot Village Hall Dorset England UK September 15, 2001
The Soft Boys The Square Harlow England UK October 18, 2001
The Soft Boys Royal Festival Hall London England UK October 19, 2001
The Soft Boys Clerkenwell Festival London England UK July 20, 2001
Robyn Hitchcock 12 Bar Club London England UK August 06, 1996
The Soft Boys Roadmender Northampton England UK December 05, 2001
Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians Fabrik Hamburg Germany April 20, 1986
Robyn Hitchcock with Minus 5 Belly Up Tavern Solana Beach California US February 23, 2006
Robyn Hitchcock & the Minus 3 secret gig in unknown London location London England UK January 31, 2006
Robyn Hitchcock & the Venus 3 Sellersville Theatre Sellersville Pennsylvania US November 14, 2006
Robyn Hitchcock Robyn and Emma's house London England UK December 20, 2020
Robyn Hitchcock & the Venus 3 Hotel California Todos Santos Baja California Mexico January 11, 2013
Robyn Hitchcock & The LA Squires The Troubadour Los Angeles California US May 03, 2017
Robyn Hitchcock Bar Chichetti New York New York US November 18, 1998
Robyn Hitchcock Robyn and Emma's house London England UK July 07, 2021
Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians Dingwalls London England UK November 17, 1984
Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians Paradise Rock Club Boston Massachusetts US November 02, 1986
The Soft Boys Irving Plaza New York New York US March 24, 2001
The Soft Boys Paradise Rock Club Boston Massachusetts US March 26, 2001
Robyn Hitchcock 40 Watt Club Athens Georgia US August 17, 1991
Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians Whiskey-A-Go-Go Los Angeles California US September 04, 1991
Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians Patio Indianapolis Indiana US November 20, 1985
Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians The Coach House San Juan Capistrano California US September 10, 1988
The Soft Boys Teatro Toscanini Chiari Italy January 18, 2003
The Soft Boys Pavilion Theatre Brighton England UK April 20, 2001
The Soft Boys Crocodile Café Seattle Washington US April 04, 2001
The Soft Boys Theatre of Living Arts Philadelphia Pennsylvania US March 20, 2001
Robyn Hitchcock & the Venus 3 Maxwell's Hoboken New Jersey US November 18, 2006
Robyn Hitchcock & the Venus 3 The Clarendon Guesthouse Theatre Katoomba New South Wales Australia October 19, 2006
Robyn Hitchcock & the Minus 3 Academy II Birmingham England UK January 20, 2006
Robyn Hitchcock & the Minus 3 Rescue Rooms Nottingham England UK January 21, 2006
Robyn Hitchcock & the Minus 3 Junction Cambridge England UK January 22, 2006
Robyn Hitchcock & the Minus 3 Scala London England UK January 25, 2006

Comments

The song has been performed by many people, but Robyn references The Byrds version.

Lyrics

"Oh what will you give me?"
Say the sad bells of Rhymney
"Is there hope for the future?"
Cry the brown bells of Merthyr
"Who made the mine owner?"
Say the black bells of Rhondda
"And who killed the miner?"
Say the grim bells of Blaenau

"Put the vandals in court"
Say the bells of Newport
"All would be well if, if, if"
Cry the green bells of Cardiff
"Why so worried, sisters, why?"
Say the silver bells of Wye
"And what will you give me?"
Say the sad bells of Rhymney

"Oh what will you give me?"
Say the sad bells of Rhymney
"Is there hope for the future?"
Say the brown bells of Merthyr
"Who made the mine owner?"
Say the black bells of Rhondda
"And who killed the miner?"
Say the grim bells of Blaenau

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