The Bells of Marshall

Written by: Pierce Edens

In my mind, sometimes I buy a boat and go out on the ocean
I anchor it some place I find somewhere way offshore
And with no one there to bother me I slip into the water
and I swim until I can’t see that old boat anymore

With no one there around in miles and miles of ocean
I’m just floating there and hoping for something I’ve left behind
But I ain’t never bought a boat and I don’t know nothing about sailing
I’m just sitting on the courthouse steps waiting for those bells to chime


Out an old song like one folks used to sing
It comes floating into my mind sometimes like a distant memory
And I close my eyes, let the sound wash over me
Just sitting and listening to the bells Marshall ring




Sometimes I think, I’d like to ride the rails on a rusty train
And not get off until I’m certain that I don’t know where I am
Never stay one place for long and never go back again
Just let the rhythm of the riding rot away my old name

But I ain’t never bought no ticket
I’ve never hopped a freight
I just watch them rolling into town and then slowly roll away
And I watch them as they go and swear to myself someday
I won’t be sitting on the courthouse steps waiting for those bells to ring



Out that old song like one folks used to sing
It comes running through my mind sometimes like a distant memory
and I close my eyes, let the sound wash over me
Just sitting and listening to the bells Marshall ring

Just sitting and listening to the bells Marshall ring

Just sitting and listening to the bells Marshall
 ring