The Bells Of Rhymney
By: Idris Davies, Pete Seeger
Written by: Idris Davies, Pete Seeger

 
Lyrics:
The Bells Of Rhymney [Version (a)]:

What will you give me?
Say the sad bells of Rhymney
Is there hope for the future?
Say the brown bells of Merthyr
Who made the mine open?
Say the black bells of Rhondda
And who killed the miner?
Say the grim bells of Blaina

Who defends us in court?
Say the bells of Newport
All will be well if if if...
Say the green bells of Cardiff
Why so worried, sister, why?
Say the silver bells of Wye
What will you give me?
Say the sad bells of Rhymney

Oh what will you give me?
Say the sad bells of Rhymney
Is there hope for the future
Say the brown bells of Merthyr
Who made the mine open?
Say the black bells of Rhondda
And who killed the miner?
Say the black bells of Blaina

Ahhh
 
The Song:

"The Bells Of Rhymney" was originally a song by Pete Seeger, who sang a poem by Idris Davies. In the '60s though, The Byrds covered the song on their debut album.

In 2015, Beck appeared at a tribute concert to '60s-era Los Angeles folk rock, and sang a couple of Byrds songs ("Goin' Back" and "Bells") with Jakob Dylan.

The tribute concert was a prelude to a tribute cd which will apparently be released in spring 2016.

UPDATE: As of the end of 2017, this project seems to have disappeared, despite the concerts and announcement of the record over two years ago. They even put out one of the songs as a single at a time (not Beck's). Whether Beck actually made it into a studio and recorded his tracks or not, I do not know.
 
Live:

Played live 2 times:
Earliest known live version: October 12, 2015
Latest known live version: October 12, 2015