They’ll Soon Ring Out (John E. Nordquist)

“They’ll Soon Ring Out” Sheet Music (pdf).
“They’ll Soon Ring Out” Karaoke (midi with lyrics).

Lyrics: John E. Nordquist.
Tune: “Where the Sunset Turns the Ocean’s Blue to Gold.”


We are looking for that time
When the bells of earth shall chime
To proclaim a world of workers truly free.
I can see that joyous day
Not so very far away,
And the vision puts a hopeful heart in me.
I can see the wage slave free
With his children by his knee,
And his darling wife is bubbling o’er with cheer;
And the childish faces smile;
Nothing can their joy defile
For they hear the bells of freedom ringing clear.

Oh, I hear those free bells ringing,
And the toilers all are singing
For the mis’ries of the past have flown away;
And a workers’ world I see,
Where no misery can be;
How I long to hear those bells on Freedom’s day!

If you wish to speed those times,
If you long to hear those chimes,
Do your part in organizing all the slaves.
If we’re gonna see that day,
You must help to clear the way.
We must end the reign of cap’talistic knaves.
We must capture industry.
All the ships upon the sea,
Every fact’ry, mine, and mill, we’re gonna take.
When the boss gets overalls,
Then the cause of mis’ry falls,
And those sleeping bells of Freedom shall awake.

Oh, I hear those free bells ringing,
And the toilers all are singing
For the mis’ries of the past have flown away;
And a workers’ world I see,
Where no misery can be;
How I long to hear those bells on Freedom’s day!


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