Live At The Dancehouse Theatre

by Louis Barabbas & The Bedlam Six

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1.
On a tempered crag in a sea of sin, A spit of land like a splint of skin, Three hundred miles with nothing but crows And forty poor baptised christian souls They built a tiny little town with a wall made of stone To keep temptation out and their goodness all alone. But a woman on the ground long widowed, long wild, Felt the world rising round her and she cried for a child. She had a face like stone in the wake of weather, Her hands turned white as they clasped together, She prayed to the Lord, Prayed to the Lord, Prayed... But the Lord ignored. She said "God aint got no time for me So if he don't mind old Beelzee Will get some bouncing boy to be Some little pride and joy for me." Well the Devil said "Don't cry my dear, Wipe away those little tears, If you really want a son Come on and let me give you one." It was a warm winter night when the child was born; His mother would tell no one where the seed was drawn But the people looked upon him in a certain light And said there's something in his smiling that's not quite right. The years went by and the boy grew tall, With every passing day there grew a crack in the wall And when the first stone fell it roused the town, The people took the child and tied him down And the lashes on his back were like rays from a red sun, He'd lost all sense by the time they'd done And as they maimed and they mauled he pointed to the wall, He cried "there's a light "But all you people see is a hole." Low and behold.
2.
I may not be the best but I'm the best you'll get. I don't care what Jesus said, if I die I'm staying dead. As the first lovers sank down into the mud: That's when the blueprints of utopia were drawn out in blood. Hi-Dee-Hi-Ho You promised a lot but no, The road to bliss is best walked alone. I stole your heart but I threw it away Because Hey, You said crime don't pay. Well I maybe your top shelf, I maybe your bottom drawer, But you've been holding my hand And now you're telling folk it's yours. When you got on your knees and begged me to stay I heard the footsteps of fidelity walking away. Hi-Dee-Ho-Hi It's alright for you but I Am through with love and I'm through with love's lies. I stole your heart then I threw it away Because Hey, You said crime don't pay. So long, get a move on Before all our wrongs become all too right. I could have killed for you darling But I'd never risk my life For love at that price. You held the hem of my heart as you worked your way in, I felt the blame in your tears like glass under my skin. Grimy with the grease from your face and your fingers, There was love between us once but you know it never lingered. Hi-Dee-Hi Who would want me to want to too? There's an answer but it sure ain't "I do." I stole your heart then I threw it away Because Hey, You said crime don't pay. So long, get a move on Before all our wrongs become all too right. I could have killed for you darling But I'd never risk my life For love at that price.
3.
Shards of glass and blood on my shoes She had so much to say and so little to prove There was writing on the wall Everyone around was walking tall She said "You want a piece of me? You've gotta come and take it all" I'll see you in hell my friend When this world has reached its end He agreed to love me the way I thought he should Bound by a golden ring he was bound to me for good For many years I wore his marks without complaint And took his kisses like so many coats of paint And I said I'll see you in hell my friend When this world has reached its end I drew her close to me and I breathed her name Her hair was like honey dew and novocain I told her it was more than a case of wounded pride And she let out a scream that tore the mountain side And I said I'll see you in hell my friend Shards of glass and blood on my shoes I just killed somebody I biblically new There was writing on the wall Everyone around was walking tall She said: You want a piece of me? Come on and take it all I'll see you in hell my friend When this world has reached its end
4.
I laid myself down on the ground, My fingers dripping with dew. But I wasn't with you honey No I wasn't with you. I'd been dancing to a different tune, Seeing all the colours between blue and blue I'd spent all day reading Machiavelli in a glossy magazine, Jesus looked down at me funny through the pub TV screen. Someone was pumping Mozart through their mobile phone, An item on the news told me they'd just cloned The Stones And I Laid myself down on the ground Fingers dripping with dew But I wasn't with you. Since you left me in the gutter I've been living on my knees, I woke up pale this morning and now my mother's called the priest, My fortunes took a tumble when I first came to this place, I only did it baby to see the look upon your face When I Laid myself down on the ground Fingers dripping with dew But I wasn't with you Well I was led astray by a bright young thing Who gave me shelter beneath her wing, She led me down a sodden path, My blindfold slipped, She began to laugh: Her lips pulled back across her teeth, She tore apart the earth and sank beneath, She told me this deed would stay with me forever And we'd share a bed in hell together And I Laid myself down on the ground Fingers dripping with dew I saw a man at the heart of a gathering crowd With his hands in the air, He was talking loud. He said to us "You'd better gather round And write this down" He said "Love's not something that is so mundane Like a view from a bridge or a walk in the rain; It's an un-healing hole burnt right down into your soul That filters out the same-old-same-old... Or at least that's what I'm told."
5.
You ought to know by now You're not welcome round here But you still prowl round And all day long I hear your voice down my telephone. But I've made my choice to go on alone. You can't run from my love Run from my love You can't run from my love I love you too much and you're mine The embers of what I was, Once drenched in devotion's creed, Glow again because Now I know I need Only one shadow, I can provide my own echo Without you here Telling me You can't run from my love Run from my love You can't run from my love I love you too much and you're mine I remember the forgetting But not what was forgotten That day I gave you a piece of my heart You took the lot and your tragicomic histrionics Suggest if love's a plague Then this one's bubonic Something precious inside me // Darling take me home Fell with a mighty sigh // I don't want to die alone Love reared its vengeful head and said You can't run from me.
6.
Squatting on the map like a big black stain Was a dirty old town where it always rained, Where there ain't no cars and there ain't no trains, It's enough to drive a man insane. But the one little thing that kept me there Was a pretty young woman with auburn hair, Locked in a loft at the top of some stairs I dreamt some day I'd take her away from there. She was born with more than original sin And raised in shame at a Holiday Inn I stood at her window shouting let me in, She opened up the shutter with a bottle of gin And said "Boy Boy lower your voice My dog can't sleep with all this noise You see this beast sitting at my feet? My daddy left him to keep a watch on me." So home I ran to hatch a plan I'd lull that dog to sleep if I can And take that girl by her lilly white hands And show her the kind of a man I am. Every day I'd play a new lullaby, I'd sing all evening and I'd sing all night But nothing would close that damned dog's eyes, He'd laugh as my love intensified. "Boy you've got to do better than that, That dog's treating you like a flesh doormat. Quit playing around like a big pussy cat, I won't wait forever and that's a fact." So I scaled the wall and I swam the moat, I found the dog and I slit his throat, I threw him in the water to see if he'd float But he sank right down with a bubble and a croak. I tapped on her window and she let me in, "It's about time I started living in sin" I looked at her face and I saw her grin, She said "Boy you don't know the trouble you're in. You freed me from that hideous hound But you'll find it's harder to put him down." I looked at the floor and saw a puddle by the door I smelt wet dog and I felt his paw... on my shoulder. So I ran and ran Running as fast as I can, I've been running as long as my memory spans, Chased all across this desolate land, That dog ain't no best friend to this man. Ever since he turned his back on death I've known know peace and I've known no rest, At night he sniggers at an unknown jest. My pulse is set to the rhythm of his breath. Many years have passed and ever since That dog has sat where I once kept my conscience, All I wanted was to get a little bit of respite So I came to the day where I took my own life; I skipped from a cliff and down I fell Passed purgatory and went straight to hell, The devil was there with a long leather lead, You can guess who he had waiting for me.
7.
Run your key across my cage just one more time tonight. Slip your hands between the slats, I promise I won't bite. The world outside is a prisoner of someone else's lies, But these iron bars tell me truths every day and every night. Some call me "The Straight and Narrow" Because they've all been down there once. I saw my fortunes in the tarots: They weren't worth a second glance. All those years alone in here don't really mean a thing, I can still sing like I was sixteen. You believe me don't you darling? Oh jailer, jailer, jailer, I'll be your jailbird if you fancy that, You can be my pussycat. Don't tell me tales of life outside, They only make me sad. Reward the other girls for good behaviour, I know you prefer me bad. I regard all broken hearts as reasonable wear and tear, All you see of mine is yours (just please don't look in there). Oh jailer, jailer, jailer, I'll be your jailbird if you fancy that, You can be my pussycat. My intentions were never dark you know, They just only come out at night. Angels cast strange shadows Because they're closest to the light. A Siren's only as deadly As the rock on which it clings But I can still sing like I was sixteen, You believe me don't you darling? Oh jailer, jailer, jailer, I'll be your jailbird if you fancy that, You can be my pussycat.
8.
When the angels killed the heat in me They told me I'd been blind but they could make me see. Lord only knows, Lord only knows where we go. So I took their hands And I dragged them down One by one I watched them drown. Lord only knows, Lord only knows where we go. Now my conscience lies by my side, We got on well But I'm glad it died. Lord only knows, Lord only knows But does he know What I know about him now? Now I'm going away to some foreign land, I'm going to join the Theban Sacred Band. Lord only knows I don't want to fight, He also know darkness is my light But now Does he know what I know? When those angels killed the heat in me I said won't you kindly let me be?
9.
Mary 04:57
You've got to be at least half cannibal To go fishing for mermaids. Fate's a curious animal And yours is always getting delayed. There's a Jonah in our love boat, There's cholera among the crew And a beast emerging from the depths Is looking at you. Mary, you've been cheating on me. You say you've been transforming And that nothing's staying the same, Well let me into that chrysalis darling, Let me be a part of your change. You've put the shun in my seduction, The lame in my flame, You're the con in my convictions, The sham in shame. Mary, you've been cheating on me. You ain't the man in this romance. You ain't the air in my affairs. I asked the Lord for a decent chance I must have slurred my prayers. You ain't the only one who's cried 'Cos I ain't the only one who's been bored. So by the time these flowers have died, Which one of you boys will have brought me more? We're caught in a love triangle And geometry's not on my side. My heart's going through the mangle And next it'll be my pride. You say I'm a low down lying louse, An adulterer pending bail; Well I may have kissed your sister once baby But I promise I didn't inhale. Mary, you've been cheating on me. You ain't the man in this romance. You ain't the air in my affairs. We're making music but you don't dance, I'm looking down but you don't dare. And I know I was your prize But you weren't ever mine, You can't predict this kind of shift in the weather This is a rain that came From a clear sky. Mary, you've been cheating on me.
10.
I fold down the corners on the pages of my life And skip over the chapters that I wasted on my wife. I know I'm not too handsome, I know I'm not too tall But sit down darlin' And tell me it all. I like my hotels with thick carpets and old lifts, I like to eat my grapes sour with pips. I know I'm not too rich, I know I'm going bald But sit down darlin' And tell me it all. I was just a girl that kept her feelings well hid And my conscience stayed quiet about the things that I did, I locked up my heart but gave a man the key, He wasn't much to many but he meant a lot to me. We wandered to and we wandered fro, Drank a lot of liquor a did a lot of blow. I was the fruit and he was the rind, I was the clock and he was the time. You know what they say about love And you know what's always being sung But relationships are more like chicken pox: You've got to get immune when you're young. You've got to get immune when you're young.
11.
The Light 03:49
Midnight. Have you got a light? There there, it's alright. That old flame found me again And in him I swear I saw Heaven silhouetted by the light of Hellfire. There was nothing I regretted more than that desire, Walking the high wire, Trading the net for the noose. Hey darling why are you always looking down? If you're dreaming of the Devil He will surely come around, Trip your treasons up Then tease them out. These treacheries are easier the truths. Sirens always sing the same sad songs, Don't you worry though, We'll only hear them once. Leaving love to chance Was the worst way we could ever go. Slow... Fade that moon's glow. Stay close, Stay close. Let me be the card up your sleeve: I don't want to play, I just want to be played. Because I've seen Heaven silhouetted by the light of Hellfire, There's been nothing I've regretted more than that desire, Love's idle empire, Cheering all the cherubs on to war. Hey darling why you looking so mean? You know I haven't sought a single soul Since I was seventeen, Just a string of magazines That suckled all the sickly and the sore. Sirens always sing the same sad songs, Don't you worry though, We'll only hear them once. Leaving love to chance Was the worst way we could ever go. Heaven silhouetted by the light of Hellfire There was nothing we regretted more than that desire, Love's Final Empire, Chasing all the cherubs on to war... Torn. Stay until dawn. Sanctus, Sanctus. You'll be A strange memory But tonight Won't you give me a light?
12.
Tonight 02:58
You had me packed like an artefact in the cotton of your ambition But there was something in my condition That made me long for a little more. You had me squeezed for at least the last two years of marriage But some mistaken adage made you blind to what was in store. I'll be waiting up when you get home tonight. I made a cat-flap for my jealousy so it could roam where it wanted. It had a sorry tail that it flaunted But every night it would come home (Unlike you). But I made do With those slivers of deceit, Those tributes left at my feet For which your conscience will atone. I'll be waiting up when you get home Tonight. Now I'm fraught and overwrought Like a bird among the rafters, But it's not laughter that I'm after, Just a grim and knowing sneer. As for you: When I'm through You'll be sore down to your ligaments. I've known no love without disfigurement, I've known no fondness without fear. I'll be waiting up when you get home tonight. I'll be waiting for you I'll be waiting for you I'll be waiting for you Tonight.
13.
Love struck me down way too young. I wish I'd known what I know now. Love struck me down, The silver lining only served to conceal the cloud. It lay in wait pretending To be some kind of happy ending, Love struck me down. It hollowed me out and wore me like a crown. Love struck me down It got me bewitched, Now word's going round that I'm cupid's new bitch. Love struck me down, It saddled me up and rode me around. I looked to the sky and saw Cupid fly by With a bow in his hands and a glint in his eye, Tattoos on his shoulders where there should have been wings, He was clinking a chain made of old wedding rings And towering above on a dark cloud stood love Cramming her claws into a pair of black gloves. She told me politely "I think you'll grow to like me" Down came Aphrodite and said "You can't fight me" Love struck me down way too young, Pinned me to the ground and ripped out my tongue, Love struck me down And fed me in chunks to her slavering hounds Once you've seen what I've got to show Beneath my halo You'll never ever want to go (and nobody need know). If another tempts you away I'll make them pay, So stay with me Love speaks a tongue that none can translate, It stands at our rudder with no other shipmates, I'm sure that my mother told me I should just wait But I took Love's bait. Now it's too late. I've got to get out of here...
14.
Your Love 03:27
Only you can slow my heart And make it sink like a greasy lump in the washing up. But in those times of talk and touch You said you'd be my muse If I would be your crutch. I took an oath in your damp undergrowth, You said you were looking for love, I said I think it's close. Wrapped in lace you offered me grace, But your pillow talk was like a slap across my face. There's two sides to what I'm saying: I was drawing chalk lines while you were praying. You say I'm so sweet but I'm full of conceit, I'm a man of my word but my word is deceit. We swore l'amour on the blossoms But by the autumn they were all rotten. Honey I'd forgotten those times. The day you became my bride I died just a little bit inside Because girl: Your love, your love, your love Is not enough, not enough for me. We went through the blow like children in the snow, All the way to limbo where the good pagans go. You carved my name on a big black tree Then said "what about me?" I said girl: Your love, your love, your love Is not enough, not enough for me. There's a midnight rainbow curling up inside you, Shining like a counterfeit sun (a really dim one). You seemed unconvinced, You said you liked your words minced And talked about forever. I screamed NEVER NEVER NEVER! Your love, your love, your love Is not enough, not enough for me.
15.
It began with a gift But died with a debt And if redemption's on the cards Well it hasn't happened yet. He said if you need anything from me All you got to do is ask, But he wore that sincerity Like a halloween mask. I owe, I owe I owe so many folk I've got nowhere to go. I owe, I owe Won't nobody help me get out of this hole? His words were sweet as honey But that honey attracted flies. I knew he never meant to really love me He just wanted to synchronise. I said beware the things you sow Because one day you've got to reap them. He said what's the use in making promises darling? You've only got to keep them. I owe, I owe I owe so many folk I've got nowhere to go. I owe, I owe Won't nobody help me get out of this hole? Each morning he'd fall through my door, All frail foul and thin, Beauty may be all around us but there's certainly nothing good within him. I know a gambler's got no ties, Just a suitcase and a trunk, But I soon came to realise that there were more days behind us than in front. I owe, I owe I owe so many folk I've got nowhere to go. I owe, I owe Won't nobody help me get out of this hole? Now the stitching has frayed and all the cupboard's are bare, He's got his head in his hands but he's lost the luxury of despair. It's true I ain't possessive and it's true I don't need wealth, But if he wants to be a martyr now I'll hammer the nails myself I owe, I owe I owe so many folk I've got nowhere to go. I owe, I owe Won't nobody help me get out of this hole?
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Short Supply 04:07
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There's no such thing as free love Honey But I've tried every brand of cheap And I caught a brief glimpse of machinery Beneath those morals we keep I may have outlived my optimism And laid it in a pauper's plot But I've realised As we age we don't find Who we are We only see who we're not. Hold on to me Girl you've got nobody else Don't tease me with your passions Just burden me with love It's too warm for all these fashions And too cold for what I've been thinking of This receding tide of vitality Has made the remainder all the more dear We can tame any one of their tiny toy gods With a little dose of human fear Hold on to me Boy you've got nobody else Love is filling my heart The same way water fills a lung Our immortality won't last forever So let's enjoy it while we're still young Baby you're my purgatory You're in every single flame that tickles me We ain't heading for a happy ending But we're primed for eternity Hold on to me We've got nobody else

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Recorded live at The Dancehouse Theatre on Saturday 5th February 2011 as the first show of Europe-wide "Get Religion!" tour.

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released August 8, 2011

Louis Barabbas - vocals, guitars; Alison Cegielka - vocals; Matthew Cleghorn - Electric Guitars, vocals; Tom Cleghorn - drums, vocals; Fran Lydiatt - Piano, Organ, Accordion; Biff Roxby - Trombones, vocals, guitar, synth; Dan Watkins - bass guitar (+album producer)

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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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