Heart Disease Called Love

by Louis Barabbas & The Bedlam Six

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A Valentine's Day free track. The Bedlam Six arrangement of John Cooper Clarke's poem "Heart Disease Called Love"


"Heart Disease Called Love" by John Cooper Clarke

One kiss became a weapon.
I don't want to bleed in vain.
Clouds collide in the heavens,
I surrender. To the rain.
The death bells that also rang,
like madness... from above.
I'm going... out with a bang,
and a heart disease called love.

Ninety-nine, below zero,
would seem like fever now.
You know me... no hero,
don't even ask me how.
I'm down in the deep deep freeze,
what was I thinking of...
In the painful breeze,
by the frozen trees,
with a heart disease called love.

After dinner. Mints. A new lover,
and the coffee's so bitter and black.
Your fingerprints... they cover,
this knife sticking out of my back.
You overlooked... the fine details.
You should've worn your gloves.
I've got a girl in jail, and a house for sale,
and a heart disease called love.


released February 14, 2012
Louis Barabbas - Vocals, Rhythm Guitar
Matthew Cleghorn - Lead Guitar
Tom Cleghorn - Drums
Biff Roxby - Bass Trombone
Fran Lydiatt - Piano
Dan Watkins - Bass Guitar
Alison Cegielka - Vocals




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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