Matilda And The Screw

from by Louis Barabbas & The Bedlam Six

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lyrics

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.

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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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