When They Ring the Golden Bells

From the album Ophelia

There’s a land beyond the river that they call the sweet forever and we only reach that shore by fate’s decree. One by one we’ll gain the portals, there to dwell with the immortals. When they ring the golden bells for you and me.

Don’t you hear the bells now ringing? Don’t you hear the angels singing? ‘Tis a glory hallelujah jubilee! In that far-off sweet forever, just beyond the shining river when they ring the golden bells for you and me.

We shall know no sin or sorrow in that heaven of tomorrow. When our hearts shall sail beyond the silvery sea. We shall only know the blessing of our Father’s sweet caressing when they ring the golden bells for you and me.

Don’t you hear the bells now ringing? Don’t you hear the angels singing? ‘Tis the glory hallelujah jubilee! In that far-off sweet forever just beyond the shining river when they ring the golden bells for you and me.

When our days shall know their number, when in death we sweetly slumber, when the King commands the spirit to be free, nevermore with anguish laden we shall reach that lovely Eden when they ring the golden bells for you and me.

Natalie Merchant / Indian Love Bride ©1998