Heaven Bells Are Ringing (I)
DESCRIPTION: "Heaven bells are ringing and I'm (my mother is, my Jesus is) going home" (3x) "Climbing up Zion's hill." "Heaven bells are ringing and the sinner has lost a home"(3x). "Climbing up Zion's Hill"
EARLIEST DATE: 1899 (Barton-OldPlantationHymns)
KEYWORDS: nonballad religious Jesus
FOUND IN: US(SE)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Barton-OldPlantationHymns, p. 20, "Heaven Bells Ringin, And I'm A-Going Home" (1 text, 1 tune)
Wade Mainer and Sons of the Mountaineers, "Heaven Bells Are Ringing" (1939, Bluebird B 8203, 2009, "J.E. Mainer Classic Sides 1938-1941," JSP Records CD JSP77124C)
NOTES [77 words]: The description is based on the Barton-OldPlantationHymns text.
The Mainer version verse is "If you don't mind and hurry you'll be too late... Climbing up Zion's hill" - BS
Phillips's chorus for "Climbing up Zion's Hill" is "I'm climbing up Zion's Hill, I'm climbing up Zion's hill, Climbing, climbing, Climbing up Zion's Hill" (Philip Phillips and Wm. B. Bradbury, The Silver Bells (Chicago: Alfred L. Sewell, 1867 ("Digitized by Internet Archive")), p.21) - BS
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