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Reunited in lockdown four years after the band parted ways, The Bedlam Six have recorded a brand new song to raise money for the Music Venue Trust's GMV crisis fund, helping independent venues struggling from the effects of the covid-19 pandemic.
Watch the music video here: youtu.be/ru2ky59FtfU



No one is born into this world alone
We arrive with our fear and we give it a home
We go through our lives
With our fear as our guide
We must learn when to listen
And when to improvise
‘Cos that fear will look to us
And try to rescue us
From the smallest of hazards that lie in our way
But sometimes there’s a calling to cease all our stalling
Tell fear thanks but no thanks
I don’t want you today

Though I admit
There’s a tiny bit
Of a flutter in the pit
Of my stomach
And it
Is whispering at me
That I really should be
Starting to flee
I know it’s not easy

‘Cos it can appear
Everybody here
Has mastered their fear
But it’s just a veneer
They’re all terrified
Shaking inside
But it’s alright
‘Cos you can decide
When it’s time to

Be brave
Even though you’re afraid
You know that some days
You’ve got to be brave
Even though you’re afraid
You know that today
You want to be

There are people who care
With courage to spare
Who don’t know that you’re scared
Out of your skin
Don’t let worry win
When it creeps in
Tell it to get in the bin
’Cos I don’t know why we hide
Our feelings inside
Even tough guys
Need a little cry
Now and then
It’s not the end
Fear is a friend
On which we depend
But now we’ve got to
Be brave…

You see
Would like you to be
Shy and uneasy
Ideally preferred
A girl of few words
Seen and not heard
But that’s absurd!
Just try to
Be brave…

Some people may hate you
And manipulate you
Think your fear as how they
Can get their own way
So take a few chances
Don’t let circumstances
Dictate how your fate
Tells you how to behave

Be brave


released May 15, 2020
Louis Barabbas - Songwriter, vocals, guitar
Dan Watkins - Bass, mixing, mastering
Tom Cleghorn - Drums, backing vocals, clarinet
Matthew Cleghorn - Electric guitar
Fran Lydiatt - Piano, Organ
Biff Roxby - Trombone


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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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