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Do​-​Wap In A Manger

by Louis Barabbas & The Bedlam Six

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SANTA: Well I've been writing my list and now I'm checking it twice, I'm kicking the snow from my boots and scraping off the ice. The sleet on the trees sits like a mockery of blossom, Plenty of children have been bad this year but I ain't forgot 'em. Ho ho ho Ho ho ho CHILDREN: Well I've been writing my list and I've sent it up the chimney, I've made my christmas wish with all the energy that's in me And Santa's on his way, He's saddling up the sleigh, He's gonna come along and make my yuletide gay. Ho ho ho Ho ho ho SANTA: Don't watch the fireplace and don't try to understand. Don't stay up because I won't come down, Believe in me oh children while you can Because the day will come when I'm not around. CHILD: Ideas of you are rising up from my head Like the antlers from a reindeers's brow, Won't you take me out for a ride on your flying sled? I long to see the world but I'm not allowed. SANTA: Tonight I'm getting merry, I'll be knocking back the sherry, I'll be dancing on the rooftops, I'll be shaking my belly singing Ho ho ho ho...


Two Christmas songs from the bottle-strewn grotto of Louis Barabbas & The Bedlam Six.

The first is a moderately sacrilegious arrangement of the Victorian classic "Away In A Manger" bringing in everything from do-wap harmonies, cowbell, a ghostly brass band and more than a passing nod to Leadbelly's "In The Pines".
Watch the music video at www.youtube.com/watch?v=rm4pUDwNSUo

The second track is the band's 2008 self-released December single "Writing My List" featuring haunting cello by The Moulettes' Hannah Miller (who lived with Louis and Matthew at the time).
Watch the music video at www.youtube.com/watch?v=lXPW5sjyS-g

These songs are available for free (call it a little Christmas present). There is, however, the option to pay an amount of your choosing (money will go towards releasing the next record) but we really are happy for you to have these songs for nothing - after all, Christmas tunes have a pretty short lifespan!

Merry Christmas



released December 5, 2011

Louis Barabbas: Vocals, Guitar
Matthew Cleghorn: Electric Guitar, Banjo, Vocals
Tom Cleghorn: Drums, Vocals
Dan Watkins: Bass
Alison Cegielka: Vocals
Biff Roxby: Trombones, Vocals
Fran Lydiatt: Piano, Vocals
Hannah Miller: Cello, Vocals


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Louis Barabbas & The Bedlam Six Manchester

Between 2006-2016 the Bedlams relentlessly peddled their peculiar brand of Dirt-Swing, capturing the imaginations of every species of listenership, winning support from the likes of Supergrass, The Mighty Boosh, Har Mar Superstar, UB40, Mark Steel, The Hell’s Angels and BBC Radio, inspiring stage invasions, dancing in the aisles and a confused mixture of exhaustion and bonhomie wherever they went ... more

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