Unring Those Bells

Yes I know the uber hit machine Diane Warren wrote a song called Un-break My Heart many years before it occurred to me that there might be mileage in the phrase un-ring those bells. But that wasn’t where the idea came from. It actually came from Tom Waits (again) who even longer ago than Ms Warren wrote a thing called You Can’t Un-Ring A Bell. I was in the middle of a conversation with the grande dame of documentary, Sarah McCarthy, when I heard myself using the phrase, “and I’ll never be able to run-ring that bell.” At which point all kinds of lights lit up, hooters hooted, and yes, bells began to ring. Wishing to be un-rung.

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