Woof Guide to Popular Music: Bedlam Boys

In old times in England, "Tom O'Bedlam" was a name given to mad beggars (or to beggars who pretended to be mad as an aid to begging); the name comes from Bethlem Royal Hospital, or "Bedlam", a place in which the mad were confined. Bedlam spawned two different but related ballads; the first, "Tom O'Bedlam", goes more or less like this:From the hagg and hungry goblin That into raggs would rend ye, And the spirit that stands by the naked man In the Book of Moones - defend ye!That of … [Read more...]