The Bells Of Rhymney
By: Idris Davies, Pete Seeger
Written by: Idris Davies, Pete Seeger

 
Lyrics:
The Bells Of Rhymney [Version (a)]:

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 open?
Say the black bells of Rhondda
And who killed the miner?
Say the grim bells of Blaina

Who defends us in court?
Say the bells of Newport
All will be well if if if...
Say the green bells of Cardiff
Why so worried, sister, why?
Say the silver bells of Wye
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 open?
Say the black bells of Rhondda
And who killed the miner?
Say the black bells of Blaina

Ahhh
 
The Song:

"The Bells Of Rhymney" was originally a song by Pete Seeger, who sang a poem by Idris Davies. In the '60s though, The Byrds covered the song on their debut album.

In 2015, Beck appeared at a tribute concert to '60s Los Angeles folk rock, and sang a couple of Byrds songs ("Goin' Back" and "Bells") with Jakob Dylan.

The tribute concert was a prelude a tribute cd which will apparently be released in spring 2016. It hasn't been confirmed yet, but presumably Beck is on it; and he possibly recorded this for it.
 
Live:

Played live 2 times:
Earliest known live version: October 12, 2015
Latest known live version: October 12, 2015