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Won't you take a seat tonight and buy a dead man a beer?
It's just the memory of the light that makes it seem so dark in here.
That fallen mirror ball
Won't reflect me anymore.
The dance-hall burnt down,
Take a sniff around,
You'll notice that nothing was ever found,
Save for the sound of

Rum Pa Pa Pom.

My life was full of colour
And people were just the pattern.
The money others make for you is the best kind to get fat on.
Some said I was a swine
But I say pleasure's not a crime,
I know others had it rough
But to hell with that stuff,
If the Devil's the nicotine then God is the cough,
I just couldn't get enough

Rum Pa Pa Pom.

Time took its tariff from the fierceness of my frame,
I bought the love of many women and always used the exact change
But the smiles turned to sniggers
Then the sniggers turned to smirks,
If they were trying to break my spirit
I'd have to admit it worked,
It can affect you far too much
When the thighs of whores lose their clutch
And shrinking from your touch sing

Rum Pa Pa Pom.

But drink don't drown a man's shame
So I tipped up all the bottles and set a match to the remains.
As the room was consumed by the plume of the flames
I was the only one who stayed.

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from Down Down Down, released May 18, 2016

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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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