I used to get dizzy spells, and hear a little ring
This line connects to the next one. The little ring is a reference to the movie It’s a Wonderful Life, with the famous adage that “every time a bell rings an angel gets it’s wings”
This is a song that fits into the vaunted Black memoir/autobiography tradition — Malcolm X, Black Boy, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Manchild In the Promised Land, Assata, Monster, Makes Me Wanna Holler, etc (most of which, Skip Gates has pointed out, could be subtitled “Up From Hell”)
His lack of nourishment also produced dizziness.
Additionally, in Islamic tradition the Prophet Muhammad would receive revelations from the angel Gabriel, and would describe the experience in similar terms (i.e dizzy spells, ringing in his ears)
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