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The Browns | Three Bells

The Browns | The Three Bells

Another name given for “The Three Bells” was “Jimmy Brown” or “Little Jimmy Brown.” As such, the song recounts the three stages on Jimmy Brown’s life including his birth, marriage, and death. A top contry hit in 1959. Bells can symbolize beginnings and endings, a call to order, or even a command or a warning. Here at Bell, the symbol of our bell encompasses all of these.

The song is an English adaptation of the French language song “Les Trois Cloches” written by Jean Villard, with English lyrics by Bert Reisfeld. The single reached number one in the U.S. on Billboard’s Hot C&W Sides chart[2] and the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1959.


There’s a village hidden deep in the valley
Among the pine trees half forlorn
And there on a Sunny morning
Little Jimmy Brown was born

All the chapel bells were ringing
In the little valley town
And the song that they were singing
Was for baby Jimmy Brown

Then the little congregation
Prayed for guidance from above
“Lead us not into temptation
Bless this hour of meditation
Guide him with eternal love”

There’s a village hidden deep in the valley
Beneath the mountains high above
And there, twenty years thereafter
Jimmy was to meet his love

All the chapel bells were ringing
Was a great day in his life
‘Cause the song that they were singing
Was for Jimmy and his wife

Then the little congregation
Prayed for guidance from above
“Lead us not into temptation
Bless oh Lord, this celebration
May their lives be filled with love”

From the village hidden deep in the valley
One rainy morning dark and gray
A soul winged its way to heaven
Jimmy Brown had passed away

Just a lonely bell was ringing
In the little valley town
‘Twas farewell that it was singing
To our good old Jimmy Brown

And the little congregation
Prayed for guidance from above
“Lead us not into temptation
May his soul find the salvation
Of thy great eternal love”

Source: Musixmatch

Songwriters: Bert Reisfeld / Jean Villard

The Three Bells lyrics © Peermusic Musikverlag G.m.b.h., Les Nouvelles Edi.meridian

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Three Man Chess

3 man circular chess

“Three Man Chess is head-to-head-to-head mental combat”

About 3 Man Chess

3 Man Chess is played “in the round,” that is, the field of play is circular.  For the most part, 3 Man Chess is played just like conventional Chess. – there was NEVER any intention of trying to make the game “better” because that can’t be done. However, being able to play with three minds interacting creates situations that never arise in conventional Chess.

  • 3 Man Chess’ circular game board consists of 6 concentric ranks of 24 files and an open central “void” that pieces may pass, but not stop on. There are teardrop shaped curves drawn on the board to help diagonal moves navigate the “void.”
  • 3 Man Chess uses conventional chess teams (three of them!) – 16 pieces that follow all of their traditional rules; 8 pawns start on rank #2 protecting 2 rooks, 2 knights, 2 bishops, a queen and a king which start on rank #1 (the outermost rank).
  • The teams are separated from each other by “moats” and “creeks” that are impassable at the start of the game.
  • Diagonal moves follow the drawn guidelines, passing across the center to the opposite “spoke.”
  • Straight moves may also pass across the central “void,” or move around the circular ranks.

After just a couple of turns around the board, strategy becomes intensely complex and fascinating! An unexpected move might well result in a cascading massacre. Defense is crucial since a diagonal move through the center, or a horizontal move around the center can sneak up behind you. Your two opponents can team up to checkmate you, or ultimately you can checkmate both of them at the same time!



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The Prestige – Opening Scene

The Prestige

Every major trick or act consists of three parts.

  • The first part is called the pledge.
  • The second act is called the turn.
  • Every act has a third part, the part we call the prestige.


Award-winning actors Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale, Michael Caine and Scarlett Johansson star in THE PRESTIGE, the twisting, turning story that, like all great magic tricks, stays with you. Two young, passionate magicians, Robert Angier (Jackman), a charismatic showman, and Alfred Borden (Bale), a gifted illusionist, are friends and partners until one fateful night when their biggest trick goes terribly wrong. Now the bitterest of enemies, they will stop at nothing to learn each other’s secrets. As their rivalry escalates into a total obsession full of deceit and sabotage, they risk everything to become the greatest magician of all time. But nothing is as it seems, so watch closely.