The three bells…

This is the Sacred Heart Cathedral in Sibu where I usually go to for the Sunday masses…

Sacred Heart Cathedral, Sibu

…and this is the new extension – a bell tower that houses a lift which would be a blessing for the elderly parishioners who are not so agile on their feet and for funerals, considering that the main chapel is on the upper level.

Sacred Heart Cathedral, Sibu - bell tower

The three bells remind me of a song – “The Three Bells” by The Browns which was very popular in the 60’s. I guess it has a nice melody but I would think that the lyrics are somewhat depressing. The first bell was when Jimmy Brown was born, the second bell was when he got married and the third bell at his funeral when he had died.

Come to think of it, some of the songs, though nice and very popular Β in those days were really depressing. I like the Everly Brothers’ “Ebony Eyes” about a guy waiting at the airport for his bride-to-be but she was killed when the plane crashed…and also their “Take a message to Mary” about a prisoner on Death Row, about to meet his end. Then, of course, there’s this one that I’m sure all of you know – “Tell Laura I love her” by Ray Paterson…about this guy who joined a car race to win money to marry his loved one but he died when “his car overturned in flames” during the aforementioned race.

Another dreadful song which seems to be the favourite of many is “Patches” by Dicky Lee about this girl who committed suicide by jumping into the river…and that karaoke favourite – “Green green grass of home” by Tom Jones isn’t much better either, about this man sentenced to death by hanging and buried ‘neath the green, green grass of home. Eyew…..but gee!!! This is the first time I’ve seen the original video clip for this song…

Gosh! Youtube is really amazing!

Anyway, perhaps you may know of other very nice songs with somewhat morbid and not-so-nice lyrics? I’m sure there are a lot more than these few that I have listed…and one of my all-time favourite songs has got to be Bobby Goldsboro’s “Honey (I miss you)”…

Such a beautiful song, don’t you think? So sad Β and so touching…and isn’t it so very refreshing to listen to songs where you can hear each and every word, unlike those songs that you hear today?…..Sigh!!!

Author: suituapui

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27 thoughts on “The three bells…”

  1. hah! i love the first song too!! eh so unique one got three bells,the church that i always went only got 1 bell but its very huge! =D

    sorry for the fanciful comment system in my blog yea. sobs. dnt worry i still know u’re d FC k. πŸ™‚ *hugs*

    *Sulk! Sulk!!! LOL!!!…You like the first song? That’s such an old song…and you’re so young! πŸ˜€

    1. hahaha! actually i started to know this song last year only for my event management subject. haha. got to find green theme song. n yeah i love it. =D

      Oh, you mean the “Green green grass of home”! Eyew…didn’t mind it before…but after hearing so many people, croaking it out at karaoke joints, I just can’t take it anymore! Hahahaha!!!! πŸ˜€

  2. mwahaha am d FC this morning! =) kay now am going to cook burger! hahahaha!!

    Humph!!! See! You managed to be FC…no problem at all with the comment system. 😦

  3. Oh, Cikgu, you’re a Catholic too?

    Yes. You are too? Wonders will never cease… Hahahahaha!!!! πŸ˜€

    1. *roll eyes* Duh… I am… and I was in Convent Girls School til I was in STD 5. Unbelievable? Believe it… cuz ur on Ripley’s! LOL…

      Std. 5 only? What happened? Hahahahahaha!!!! I was in Catholic schools up to Form 5. πŸ˜‰

  4. I love all those “horrific” songs! While I know the stories of those songs, but this is also the first time I watched the Green green grass of home sung that way! Thanks for sharing, you are really resourceful!

    That must be the original “MTV” video clip. Tom Jones looked so young and slim then… Ya, not surprised that you like all those songs – most people our age do! Muahahahahaha!!!! πŸ˜€

  5. What about the Rock a bye nursery rhyme?! Always thot how dreadful the line ‘ the cradle will fall,down will come baby cradle n all, sounds….!! Give me the ‘kap undang’ anytime… :)!

    Or the injit-injit semut…siapa sakit naik atas? LOL!!! πŸ˜€

  6. wow.. this is my first time watching the original MTV video clip.. such a great difference if we compared to video clips of the new songs.. lol..

    Very simple eh? But sometimes the beauty is in the simplicity, agree? πŸ˜‰

  7. 3 bells? Wow…this is the first time I have seen 3 bells in a row. :p

    None in Malacca? Must be a lot of churches there, I’m sure – a lot of Catholics.

  8. hey stp, I’ll try to save some of the zhangs for you. But I’ll only be back on tuesday. Leaving for kuching in like a couple minutes. =)

    No lah, thanks for being so thoughtful. Just joking… Have a safe and pleasant trip to Kuching. Yum! Yum! Lots of nice things to eat there! LOL!!! πŸ˜€

  9. oh. i been to this Cathedral before. My first impression on this cathedral is that its architecture is unique since not many cathedral build on circle based.

    You’be been here before? Gee! Ya…it’s different but these days, churches and cathedrals come in all shapes and sizes. I do prefer to old ones…like the ones in England – fit in better with my ides of churches and cathedrals.

  10. Yalor, come to think of it, old songs tell stories. Current songs are purely noise and screaming and if the music is nice, the words meaningless. Where have all the songwriters/composers gone? Current ones simply hantam just to make it rhyme.

    Of all the songs you mentioned above, I only recognize “Tell Laura I Love Her” and “Green Green Grass Of Home”. Hahahaha!!!

    You’re that young? Your uncle and ur late dad must have played “Patches” at one time or other… These days, so hard to hear the lyrics in most of the songs, some a bit better…

  11. lol…yeah i have to agree those few songs have depressing lyrics..
    but then, i like it in the sense that the lyrics have stories and you knwo what the singers were singing about unlike the songs nowadays..

    i may be an 80s baby but i listen to the oldies..muahahaha

    A lot more songs with stories…and not all are so depressing. There are some very beautiful ones with very meaningful stories. Try searching for Bobby Goldsboro’s “Butterfly for Bucky” or Chiyi”s “Whoever finds this, I love you” on youtube – really good meaningful story… Lots more!

  12. Nice modern achitecture design. Love the way they arrange the three bells! Have a nice weekend, STP.

    I don’t really like these modern churches – prefer the old, traditional – more solemn…can feel the serenity in the air. You have a nice weekend too!

  13. Oldies..yes, so simple and yet so touching.. my son Andy loves oldies.. LOL.. right now i can remember “Ginny Come Lately” “sealed with a kiss” and Oliver Newton John “Banks of the Ohio” also a sad song…
    Connie Francis is another singer I love to listen.. “Tell Tommy I Love Him” a reciprocal song to “Tell Laura I love Her”…. talking of songs, I sangat minat! hahaha…

    Yes, that’s Skeeter Davis – her album, “Here’s the Answer” where she sang the replies to all those songs like “Tell Laura I love her”. “Banks of the Ohio” has a story too…and somebody got killed, right?
    I wandered home ‘tween twelve and one
    I cried, “My God, what have I done?”
    I’ve killed the only man I love
    He would not take me for his bride

    Hahahahahaha…so desperate, the woman! ROTFL!!!

  14. Silver Hair Daddy of mine!!! I’m telling Fiq all your version of songs like, Silver Bells and Ah Lip’s ‘Rolamatica………. tua…..”

    Jim Reeves! He had a few nice ballads – one about a faithful dog, Old Tyke, I think…and The Blizzard. Can’t remember Silver Bells…but I remember Loman-ter-kha…and poor OKH! LOL!!! πŸ˜€

  15. wah this is really old song but i am enjoy it!
    sometimes, i feel that old songs is nicer than current new pop song – i also dont know what they sing. 😦

    Ya…most of the new songs…yucks!!! Don’t know what they’re singing precisely!

  16. Sorry cikgu, i dont like depressing songs one lah. i remember there was once i listened for the very first time this chinese singer “wong keat”, his songs were depressing but the rhythm was good, listened it twice over, guess what…my whole afternoon was doomed.

    i prefer Jazz more

    Wah! Got class lah! Listen to jazz… I’m not into that kind of music – only a couple of jazz songs that I may like. Chinese singer? Dunno any Wong Keat! Michael Wong I know, Victor Wong, I know, Wong Lee Hom, I know…Wong Ching Yien also, I know…but not Wong Keat. Hahahahaha!!!!

  17. Nothing can replace the good Oldies songs… These days, songs are just not like what they are last time… Not as meaningful…

    Hear! Hear! πŸ˜‰

  18. You remind of d days of delicately putting d needle on d black record dish n watch it spin out d melody..

    And woe betide the one who was careless enough to drop the stylus on the vinyl record…and leave a repeating groove on it! LOL!!!

  19. Hello dear sir:) i got you your shortbread. i’m flying tomoro so arriving sunday. let me know where n when to drop it off:)

    Oh dear. You shouldn’t have gone through the trouble…bringing it all the way. Check your email – will send you the contact details. πŸ˜‰

  20. Oh yes, to date I still prefer 60s-80s oldies compared to those rapping and rock nowadays!^-^

    happy Father’s Day to you!

    Thanks. Ya…they’re definitely much nicer than what we hear today.

  21. oh oldies! good! I like ‘tell laura i love her’. but my old time favourite got to be “Sailing” and “I don’t want to talk about it” by Rob Stewart.

    You mean Rod Stewart? Love his “I was only joking” and the relatively newer “Have I told you lately that I love you” πŸ™‚

  22. You must be getting really old not to remember silver bells…………… something about the children laughing at the chickens!!!!!!!!

    Must be. Memory loss… 😦

  23. Ah! The Green Green Grass of Home…I always sing to that song whenever it is played in the radio.

    You have a nice set of song here my friend.

    Hah!!! You know the song? It’s so old…and you’re so young. Would love to hear you sing, Filipinos are so talented, so musically-inclined. One of the things I loved best when I visited Manila long ago – the music.

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