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Carrie Underwood: Church Bells Meaning


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Song Released: 2016

Church Bells Lyrics

Jenny grew up wild, like a blackfoot daisy
Out in the shack with a blue tick hound
Broke as hell, but blessed with beauty
The kind that a rich man can't turn down
She caught the eye of an oil man dancing
One summer night in a dime store...


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    Dec 27th, 2018 12:36am report

    This song tells the a not so uncommon story of domestic violence. It starts out with a pretty, penniless girl (Jenny) who meets a rich, presumably older man. They start a relationship and she becomes his trophy wife. The first church bells are ringing as she marries him. From the outside, it seems like a fairy tale: Ken and Barbie. It turns out that Jenny's husband is an alcoholic and becomes aggressive when he drinks. He starts physically abusing her and she cannot escape, as she is financially dependent on him. She continues to hide the abuse with sunglasses and makeup. The church bells start ringing again, this time Jenny is hoping and praying that things will change. She realizes it'll all be alright: once Ken is dead. The church bells and singing give her the courage to slip poison into Ken's whiskey, the very same substance that made the abuse start. Jenny felt vindicated, as now her husband could never hit her or any other women ever again.
    The church bells ring as Jenny attends Ken's funeral. She's praying, maybe for forgiveness and definitely for some strength to get her through. Jenny is gonna be alright.


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    Oct 13th, 2017 10:47am report

    The song describes domestic violence. It usually starts all pretty and happy until the man shows who he really is. She killed him to escape of the abuse. I think this song really struck a chord and it gives me shivers everytime i hear it. Very beautifully written, especially the chorus where the same chorus is used to describe a wedding and a funeral.


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    Jan 8th, 2017 1:44pm report

    haha, we can all agree that this is one of Carrie Underwoods songs that have a huge meaning(usually all her songs do)and that its about a young girl(Jenny)who is beautiful, and a guy, whom is rich, and her "meet". then she was getting that stuff she liked, then they get married(a few months or a year goes by) and as it says "she was all uptown, wearing that white gown, taking his last name" then it goes to the chorus. then jenny was seeing something rather different, such as her husband whom is rich, is drinking until he wants to fight. the lyrics even say: "everyone thought they were ken and barbie, but ken was always gettin' way too drunk... Saturday night, after a few too many, he came home ready to fight, and all that money could never save jenny from the devil livin' in his eyes" then, he beat her up, and she always tried and tried to cover it up. then she slipped something "in his Tennessee whisky no law man was ever gonna find" then he died. judged by the lyrics, im thinking that the "ken" figure wouldn't get to rehab, and the "Barbie" figure, (jenny) didnt know until after the wedding and it was too "late". the meaning is that dont judge someone by their "cover" (meaning looks!)(plz give me 5 stars!! ^w^))


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    Apr 27th, 2016 4:53pm report

    Jenie's rich husband has a drinking problem and he comes home abuses her. She puts something in is drink and he dies.

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