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The Devil And The Hole

from Down Down Down by Louis Barabbas & The Bedlam Six

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On a tempered crag in a sea of sin,
A spit of land like a splint of skin,
Three hundred miles with nothing but crows
And forty poor baptised christian souls

They built a tiny little town with a wall made of stone
To keep temptation out and their goodness all alone.
But a woman on the ground long widowed, long wild,
Felt the world rising round her and cried for a child.

She had a face like stone in the wake of weather,
Her hands turned white as they clasped together,
She prayed to the Lord,
Prayed to the Lord,
But the Lord ignored.

She said "God ain't got no time for me
So if he don't mind old Beelzee'
Will get some bouncing boy to be
Some little pride and joy for me."
The Devil said "Don't cry my dear,
Wipe away those little tears,
If you really want a son
Come on and let me give you one."

It was a warm winter night when the child was born;
His mother would tell no one where the seed was drawn
But the people looked upon him in a certain light
And said there's something in his smiling that's not quite right.

The years went by and the boy grew tall,
With every passing day there grew a crack in the wall
And when the first stone fell it roused the town,
The people took the child and tied him down

And the lashes on his back were like rays from a red sun,
He'd lost all sense by the time they'd done
And as they maimed and they mauled he pointed to the wall,
He cried "there's a light
"But all you people see is a hole."

Low and behold.


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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