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A staple of the live set ever since we first formed, written by Louis' good friend Nick Wright.
The amount considered expensive for pints in the second verse keeps increasing. When we started the lyric was £3, in the live recording it's £4. Now it's £5. I doubt that's the last alteration.

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The landlady sings but she sings for no money
Because she's madder than a hatter
And she's quicker and leaner
Than a wildcat waiting in the afternoon sunshine
Eyeing up the birds
Looking out for its next mealtime

But music and laughter
Are always in short supply
Well I've had a lot to drink
And I'll drink to the last drop tonight

The money in London you spend on your rent
It's dead money
No good when it's five pounds a pint
And the taxes they put on the cigarettes you smoke
You're given a choice
Of dying clean or dying broke

Music and laughter are always in short supply
Well I've had a lot to drink
And I'll drink to the last drop tonight

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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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