friday music prompt: used to call it bedlam in response to David Gilmour’s Rattle that Lock”

Patient from London's Bethlam Royal Hospital also known as 'Bedlam' taken in the 1800s by Henry Hering:

images from: Ruby’s Glass Eye Pinterest site

These are two of a series of photographs taken by Henry Hering in the 1800s of the “patients” – inmates – of Bethlem Royal, known as Bedlam, Hospital. The hospital was founded in the late 1200s, and moved /rebuilt/renamed several times.

You don’t need to search far to find the horrors of “Bedlams” of the past, or the present. Be warned – the ideas and images can be extremely disturbing. The different between torture and treatment of those deemed “lunatics” was a fine, fine line.

A patient at London's Bedlam Hospital.:

used to call it bedlam

Used to call it bedlam

here we lost our names

the experts said put us all in chains

Used to call it bedlam

charge folks to be entertained

checked to ensure tight were our chains

Used to call it bedlam

a home for the insane

will they ever loosen up upon our chains?

Used to call it bedlam

lunacy’s not a game

must come now to loosen all our chains

I still call in bedlam

deep inside my brain

held here forever by my own chains

Inspired by #mentalhealthawareness and Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie’s Friday Music Prompt: David Gilmour: Rattle that Lock

David Gilmour “Rattle that Lock”

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3 thoughts on “friday music prompt: used to call it bedlam in response to David Gilmour’s Rattle that Lock”

  1. Vagrant Rhodia May 22, 2016 / 9:44 am

    Ooohh…the turn at the end sent chills down my spine. Thank you for your words :D

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  2. Michael May 14, 2016 / 5:39 am

    I did like this response to the song, excellent work and so vivid in the images you create…..Bedlam was such a terrible place, not only the insane were locked away but some reasonable people were doomed forever also….

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    • taleweavering May 16, 2016 / 8:40 am

      Very true!
      Women, especially, were subjected to institutionalization in large asylums like Bedlam, or within their own rooms. Madness has been used as damning charge against many free thinkers, political prisoners, and so on.

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