BEDLAM BOYS - Lyrics and info

For to see mad Tom of Bedlam


  ten thousand miles I'd travel    
    Mad Maudlin goes on dirty toes    
    to save her shoes from gravel    

Still I sing bonnie boys, bonnie mad boys




Bedlam boys are bonnie


For they all go bare and they live by the air



And they want no drink nor money



    I went down to Satan's kitchen    

for to beg me food one morning


There I got souls piping hot


    all on the spit a turning.    
    There I picked up a cauldron    

where boiled 10,000 harlots


Though full of flame I drank the same


to the health of all such varlets.

    My staff has murdered giants    

my bag a long knife carries

    For to cut mince pies from children's thighs    

with which to feed the fairies.

    Spirits white as lightning    
    shall on my travels guide me    
    the moon would quake, the stars would shake    
    when' ere they espied me.    

No gypsy, slut nor doxy


shall win my Mad Tom from me

    I'll weep all night, the stars I'll fight
    the fray will well become me.
    It's when next I have murdered
    the Man-In-The-Moon to powder
    His staff I'll break, his dog I'll bake
    they'll howl no demon louder      
    So drink to Tom of Bedlam
    he'll fill the seas in barrels
    I'll drink it all, all brewed with gall
    with Mad Maudlin I’ll travel.    
    Kim Thompsett (vocals, guitar)    
    Michelle Glover (vocals, flute)    
    Ben Glover (keyboards)    
    Chris Downing (guitar)    
    Colin Mold (mandolin)    
    Geoff Charlton (drums)    
    Artwork "Maudlin" by Michelle Glover.
    Arranged by Kim Thompsett and Michelle Glover © 2013.
    Recorded, mixed and mastered at Magicfolk Studios by Michelle Glover 2013.
    Website design © Magicfolk 2010