Bedlam Boys / Mad Maudlin's Song

(Traditional / variant)

For to see Mad Tom O'Bedlam,
Ten thousand years I've travelled.
Mad Maudlin goes on dirty toes,
for to save her shoes from gravel.

      Chorus:
      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 get me food one morning.
And there I got souls piping hot,
all on the spit a-turning.

      Chorus

There I picked up a cauldron,
where boiled ten thousand harlots.
And full of flame I drank the same,
to the health of all such varlets!

      Chorus

My staff has murdered Giants,
and my bag a long knife carries.
For to cut mince pies from children's thighs,
with which to feed the Fairies.

      Chorus

No gypsy slut or doxie,
will take my Mad Tom from me.
I'll weep by night, with stars I'll fight,
and they'll not overcome me!