Bob Dylan: 5 Great live versions of “Ring Them Bells”

Ring them bells, ye heathen, from the city that dreams,
Ring them bells from the sanctuaries cross the valleys and streams
For they’re deep and they’re wide and the world’s on its side
And time is running backwards and so is the bride.

This brilliant song has been performed 31 times live by Dylan.

  • First performance:  Mid-Hudson Arena, Poughkeepsie, New York – October 20, 1989
  • Last performance: Messehalle, Erfurt, Germany – November 6, 2005
  • Top year was 1994 – 5 performances

Mid-Hudson Arena
Poughkeepsie, New York
20 October 1989

Ring them bells, St. Peter, where the four winds blow,
Ring them bells with an iron hand so the people will know.
Oh, it’s rush hour now on the wheel and the plow
And the sun is a-going down upon the sacred cow.



The Supper Club
New York City, New York
16 November 1993

Ring them bells, sweet Martha, for the poor man’s son,
Ring them bells so the world will know that-a God is one.
Oh, the shepherd is asleep where the willows weep
And the mountains are filled with lost sheep.


Todaiji Temple
Nara, Japan
22 May 1994

The Great Music Experience. Produced by Tony Hollingsworth.

Ring them bells for the blind and the deaf,
Ring them bells for all of us who are left,
Ring them bells for the chosen few
Who will judge the many when the game is through,
Ring them bells for the time that flies,
For the child that cries when the innocence dies.


Continental Airlines Arena
East Rutherford, New Jersey
13 November 1999

Ring them bells, St. Catherine, from the top of the room,
Ring them from the fortress for the lilies that bloom.
Oh, the lines are long and the fighting is strong
And they’re breaking down the distance between a-right and wrong.


Kolf Arena
University Of Wisconsin
Oshkosh, Wisconsin
2 November 2004

One thought on “Bob Dylan: 5 Great live versions of “Ring Them Bells”

  1. Lordy Lord, them lyrics is flying the colors that abound…all round glory to this site I found – takes us all to higher ground with the sweetest sounds. gracias senor

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