Where Did the Phrase “I’ll Be There With Bells On” Come From and What Does it Mean?

During the frontier days, peddlers travelling between settlements had to move as silently as possible through the hostile forest.

But when they approached a homestead or town they would take out their muffled bells and hang them on their horses’ necks to announce their arrival.

The peddlers’ arrival “with bells on” brought news, letters, and goods from the outside world, and was an exciting event for the isolated settlers.

where did the phrase ill be there with bells on come from and what does it mean
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