…to work with people who inspired me early on like Bob Dylan and Neil Young, they are so dear to me as musicians and as people. To be able to call them friends and be a part of so many projects of theirs as well as bringing them on mine. And then to just hang out and write and be a part of that extraordinary world that is theirs.
-Emmylou Harris (2010)
Emmylou Harris (born April 2, 1947) is an American singer, songwriter, and musician. She has released dozens of albums and singles over the course of her career and has won 14 Grammys, the Polar Music Prize, and numerous other honors, including induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame. In 2018, she was presented the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight
Close your eyes, close the door
You don’t have to worry anymore
I’ll be your baby tonight
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
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.
Sarah Jarosz – Ring Them Bells – The Best Dylan Covers
Ring Them Bells is included on the Bob Dylan album Oh Mercy, his twenty-sixth studio album, released on September 18, 1989 by Columbia Records. Produced by Daniel Lanois, it was hailed by critics as a triumph for Dylan, after a string of weaker-reviewed albums.
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