Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Cher - The Bells of Rhymney

As we know in 1957 Pete Seeger adapted a lyric from Gwalia Deserta (1938) by Welsh poet Idris Davies and turned it into folk song, The Bells of Rhymney. The poem, set during the Depression, was loosely based on the Oranges and Lemons nursery rhyme (a device copied by The Clash on Clash City Rockers, fact fans). The most famous version of The Bells of Rhymney was that recorded by the The Byrds in 1965. In the above YouTube you can hear Cher’s version. Yes, Cher. It turned up on her All I Really Want to Do album in 1965. Thrill to the sound of her (mis)pronouncing various industrial towns of south Wales such as Rhymney, Merthyr, Rhondda, Blaina and Swansea.