Ballad of William Bloat

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Thanks to Sue Calvert for allowing us to use late husbands Dad's fantastic poem. Arrangement FOS Brothers


In a mean abode on the Skankill Road
Lived a man named William Bloat;
He had a wife, the curse of his life,
Who continually got on his goat.
So one day at dawn, with her nightdress on
He cut her bloody throat.

With a razor gash he settled her hash
Oh never was crime so quick
But the drip drip drip on the pillowslip
Of her life blood made him sick.
And the pool of gore on the bedroom floor
Grew clotted and cold and thick.

And yet he was glad he had done what he had
When she lay there stiff and still
But a sudden awe of the angry law
Struck his heart with an icy chill.
So to finish the fun so well begun
He resolved himself to kill.

He took the sheet from the wife's coul' feet
And twisted it into a rope
And he hanged himself from the pantry shelf,
'Twas an easy end, let's hope.
In the face of death, with his dieing breath
He solemnly cursed the Pope.

But the strangest turn to the whole concern
Is only just beginning.
He went to Hell but his wife got well
And she's still alive and sinning.
For the razor blade was German made
But the sheet was Belfast Linen.


from Clear Again, released March 15, 2017



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FOS Brothers Exeter, UK

The FOS Brothers are Dave and Sam McCrory, born and brought up in East Belfast. They moved to the UK and have been playing together for the last 25 years at festivals, Art Centres and venues. They perform their own songs and many trad reworkings of Irish songs and ballads.

"Bucolic folk has a psychedelic head-fit"
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