Chimes of Freedom
The Byrds Lyrics

Far between sundown's finish
An' midnights broken toll
We ducked inside the doorway, thunder crashing
As majestic bells of bolts
Struck shadows in the sound
Seeming to be the chimes of freedom flashing
Flashing for the warriors whose strength is not to fight
Flashing for the refugees on the unarmed road of flight
An' for each an' every underdog soldier in the night
An' we gazed upon the chimes of freedom flashing

Even though a cloud's white curtain
In a far-off corner flashed
An' the hypnotic splattered mist Was slowly lifting
Electric light still struck like arrows, fired but for the ones
Condemned to drift or else be kept from drifting
Tolling for the searching ones, on their speechless, seeking trail
For the lonesome-hearted lovers with too personal a tale
An' for each unharmful, gentle soul misplaced inside a jail
An' we gazed upon the chimes of freedom flashing

Starry-eyed an' laughing as I recall when we were caught
Trapped by no track of hours for they hanged suspended
As we listened one last time an' we watched with one last look
Spellbound an' swallowed 'til the tolling ended
Tolling for the aching ones whose wounds cannot be nursed
For the countless confused, accused, misused, strung-out ones an' worse
An' for every hung-up person in the whole wide universe
An' we gazed upon the chimes of freedom flashing

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: BOB DYLAN

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

ken kesler

When will ours be the world it should be?
When ideologies cease to be a reason to kill...
When all religions acknowledge God the same way...
When money is no longer our master...
When compassion is not a weakness...
When war is no longer a solution...
When our planet, the cradle of humankind, is respected at last...
When love may be found by all, no matter who they may be...
Perhaps then the chimes of freedom will no longer be needed. Perhaps soon. Perhaps never.

All comments from YouTube:

John Macdonald

So blessed to have been around for the early Byrds. They were the greatest ever. I'm 71 now and still get tingles when I hear them.

Frank Bullitt

I'm right behind you

Cravo G. Silveira

Me, 69. Loved them!

Jim Gleeson

I'm 70. Top Band! Saw them at "THE ROUNDHOUSE" LONDON. 1968.
Support bands were Social Deviants and some new guys calls..."DEEP PURPLE" AMAZING! all

Natron Beans

The early Byrds were so great because they got the worm

Edward Eichler

Me too John. Also 71 and idolized the Bryds back in '65. Wore the Byrd glasses and played their songs on guitar....and still do.

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Ken Berger

The Byrds did Dylan so well!

Jared MacBride

@J F Disagree - he was an underrated vocalist, composer and musician


Yeah, the Byrds version sound better. It's because of the arrangements. Dylan was a genius when it comes to lyrics, but was not a great instrumentalist himself.

Tommaso Savoia

better than himself, sometime

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