Schelmish Liedtext

Schelmish Boys of Bedlam Liedtext

For to see mad Tom of Bedlam

Ten thousand miles I travelled

Mad Maudlin goes on dirty toes

For to save her shoes from gravel.

Still I sing „Bonny boys, bonny mad boys,

Bedlam boys are bonny“,

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 get me food one morning

And there I got souls piping hot

All on a spit a-turning.

My staff has murdered giants

And my bag a long knife carries

To cut mince pies from children’s thighs

With which to feed the fairies.

My spirit’s white as lightning

Would on my travels guide me

The moon would shake and the stars would quake

Whenever they espied me.

And when that I have murdered

The man in the moon to a powder

His staff I’ll break and his doct I’ll shake

And there howl no demon louder.

For to see mad Tom of Bedlam

Ten thousand years I travelled

Mad Maudlin goes on dirty toes

For to save her shoes from gravel.