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Fort Bokar - Old City's SW lookout

 

Crawl back into Croatia

 

LOVE NEXT DOOR... VIA DUBROVNIK

 

Here’s a ditty based on a true story that demonstrates sometimes you have to travel to places like Dubrovnik to find someone from your own back yard.

 

RING THEM BELLS

Written by John Kander and Fred Ebb

 

Gather around

I got a story to tell

About a Manhattan lady

That I know very well.

She lives at 5 Riverside

Her name is Shirley Devore

And she travelled 'round the world

To meet the guy next door.

 

Well, there was trouble inside

Apartment 29 E

‘Cause Shirley's mother and dad

Were as upset as can be.

They said, "We hate to complain, dear.

And we don't like to grouse.

But you're nearly 32,

You should get out of the house!"

 

You gotta ring them bells

You gotta ring them bells

You gotta make 'em sing

And really ring them bells.

Minceta - highest point in Old City

It's such a happy thing

To hear 'em ting-a-ling

You gotta ring... them... bells!

 

Well, Shirley was 31

Which she had loathed to admit

And she had never been loved

Which didn't thrill her a bit.

And so she sat and she thought

She thought for hours on end

And said, "I'll go to Chase Manhattan

Where I got me a friend!"

 

And so she borrowed a thou'

And called TWA

And told her mother and dad

That she was up and away.

"I'm gonna travel the continent

A month, maybe two

And haul me home a huz

If it's the last thing I do!"

 

You gotta ring them bells

You gotta ring them bells

You gotta make 'em sing

And really ring them bells.

It's such a happy thing

To hear 'em ting-a-ling

You gotta ring... them... bells!

 

She met a Londoner first

But they did not hit it off

'Cause every time she approached,

He got a bronchial cough.

Lockrum Island from Minceta Tower

And so she went to Madrid

And met a handsome señor

But he liked to throw the bull

And he was no matador.

 

She also bombed out in Brussels,

In Majorca and Rome

'Til someone said,

"Try Dubrovnik, dear

Before you go home.

'Cause it's the kind of a town

Where you'll be likely to fall

And all the toni Cognoscenti

Find the Balkans a ball!"

 

You gotta ring them bells

You gotta ring them bells

Yo gotta make 'em sing

And really ring them bells.

It's such a happy thing

To hear 'em ting-a-ling

You gotta ring... them... bells!

 

And so she went to Dubrovnik

And the very first day,

She met a guy on the beach

Who took her reason away.

Yes, it was love at first sight

And quite a beautiful scene

She said, "My name is Shirl Devore.

Tudjman Bridge, Scenic E-65 Highway
"

He said, "I'm Norm Sapperstein."

 

She said, "Are you from New York?"

He said, "That can't be denied.

I got a swell junior three

At number 5 Riverside."

As if that wasn't enough

Poor Shirley thought she'd gone deaf

When he told her his apartment there

Was 29 F!

 

Yes, she was E, he was F

And they had not even met

Until she traveled the world

To Yugoslavia yet.

He'd always been right next door

And she would never have known

If she hadn't tried Dubrovnik,

She might still be alone!

 

Well... there's... a...

Moral to learn

From little Shirley Devore

Who had to borrow a thou'

To find a lover next door.

You girls who live in apartments

Don't just stare at the wall!

Open up the door

And hurry out in the hall!

And...

 

Ring them bells!

Come on, ring them bells!

Make 'em sing!

And really ring them bells!

It's such a happy thing

To hear 'em ting-a-ling!

You gotta swing them!

Ring them!

Swing them!

Ring... them... bells!!

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Fort Bokar - Old Citys SW lookout
Fort Bokar - Old City's SW lookout
Minceta - highest point in Old City
Minceta - highest point in Old City
Lockrum Island from Minceta Tower
Lockrum Island from Minceta Tower
Tudjman Bridge, Scenic E-65 Highway
Tudjman Bridge, Scenic E-65 Highway
Pile Gate - west Old City entrance
Pile Gate - west Old City entrance
St. Blaise - Dubrovnik Patron Saint
St. Blaise - Dubrovnik Patron Saint
Franciscan Monastery & Stradun
Franciscan Monastery & Stradun
Ft Lovrijenac across from Ft Bokar
Ft Lovrijenac across from Ft Bokar
View of South wall from Fort Bokar
View of South wall from Fort Bokar
Fort Minceta Tower - NW corner
Fort Minceta Tower - NW corner
Dubrovnik
photo by: benwielenga