There Were Bells On A Hill

Jim Adams, aka Newepicautor, the creator of A Unique Title For Me, is hosting SONG-LYRIC-SUNDAY and this week he has chosen the theme HILL/MOUNTAIN, as you can see from his post below:

https://jimadamsauthordotcom.wordpress.com/2019/02/16/sitting-on-top-of-the-world/

There is a huge photograph on the wall in the little nest where I reside of The Beatles when they were very young men. I think it is a photo taken in London. I do like it, but it does not belong to me. It belongs to my landlady. Everyone who visits my sweet abode presumes that because I am from Liverpool, it is my choice to put it on the wall. To be honest, I have never been the type to put photos of strangers on my walls, even famous ones – I don’t agree with giving too much glory to humans. I might love their music, but if I learn too much about them, I will probably lose respect for them.

I grew up on the outskirts of Liverpool. Everybody my Dad’s age seemed to have a story about going to see The Beatles play live. I grew up listening to a lot of music from The Beatles. So, although I don’t consider myself an expert on The Beatles, their music is deeply ingrained in me because I heard so much of their music growing up. Even at school they featured in class projects and school plays.

IMG_20180703_141259Every year many tourists still come to Liverpool looking for a taste of The Beatles culture and memorabilia. The Beatles are one of Liverpool’s most famous exports to the rest of the world.

I chose a song today that was covered by The Beatles, but was originally from the Musical “The Music Man” (and if you want to listen to the song from the film, I have included a video at the end of the post).

I have chosen this song for one reason only…it’s really nice to be “in love”. Even now, with my Goldfinch far away, I still find myself in a dreamy state of mind at times. So the sweet lyrics in this song strike a chord with me.

 

There were bells on a hill
But I never heard them ringing
No, I never heard them at all
Till there was you

There were birds in the sky
But I never saw them winging
No, I never saw them at all
Till there was you

Then there was music and wonderful roses
They tell me in sweet fragrant meadows
Of dawn and dew

There was love all around
But I never heard it singing
No, I never heard it at all
Till there was you

Then there was music and wonderful roses
They tell me in sweet fragrant meadows
Of dawn and dew

There was love all around
But I never heard it singing
No, I never heard it at all
Till there was you
Till there was you

Written By Meredith Wilson

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24 thoughts on “There Were Bells On A Hill

  1. Shirley Jones is so lovely. It’s funny because at the dentist’s today they were playing an episode of the Partridge Family and I thought my gosh she is young and BEAUTIFUL! When I watched it as a teenager I just dismissed her as “the mom” and David Cassidy had all my attention. Of course now he looks like a baby to me in that show.

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    1. I am a bit biased I know…but I would recommend Liverpool. The docks area is great for visitors now and they have put a lot of money into renovating the city in recent years. I love the museums and the historical buildings and the spirit of the Liverpool people.

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  2. The Music Man is a favorite of mine from long ago. In the first video, it seemed that Paul was a little short of breath, but when he started singing, you don’t notice it as much.

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    1. He did didn’t he. I think that they had performed another number before this. It was from the Royal Variety Performance. Maybe he was a little out of breath after the previous song.

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  3. I remember hearing this when I was 8 and a friend of mine had the album (don’t remember if it was Meet The Beatles or The Beatles’ Second Album). We both liked this song, and our parents couldn’t believe it, because it wasn’t a rock number. George Harrison proves why he was considered one of the best guitar players of The British Invasion on this: his guitar solo in the middle of this is just perfect, as is all of his playing on this song. Good choice!

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    1. What makes me smile about this song is that when I first heard it as a teenager – I dismissed it as really corny! But when you feel the flutter of love, it’s funny how a song like this is just spot on!

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