Song by the Irish band The Frames, from their fourth album For the Birds. The song has a quiet but characteristic bass line, and echoes the uneasy theme of the song: the scarlet fever consuming a husband and wife as they lie in their beds together. The songwriter Glen Hansard tells live audiences how he was watching a film on the subject at the time he composed the song. It is almost 7 minutes in length; after the first 3 minutes, during which the lyrics are sung, there is almost 2 minutes of the same chord repeated, with a very gradual crescendo throughout, until, for the final 2 minutes, the song bursts into a cacophony of sound with a repetitive, endless melody on distorted guitar.

(Lyrics removed by editor for © infringement.)

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