2nd Apr 2007 06:15pm
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Well I was introduced to this old song a few days ago and to be honest, I really do love it. It's a great mellow song, also me and Martyn heard it being played by a bloke at around 11pm in Covent Garden. Below is a version by Alan Lowe-Jones, which is done excellently!

Streets of London Lyrics
Have you seen the old man
In the closed-down market
Kicking up the paper,
with his worn out shoes?
In his eyes you see no pride
And held loosely at his side
Yesterday's paper telling yesterday's news

So how can you tell me you're lonely,
And say for you that the sun don't shine?
Let me take you by the hand and lead you through the streets of London
I'll show you something to make you change your mind

Have you seen the old girl
Who walks the streets of London
Dirt in her hair and her clothes in rags?
She's no time for talking,
She just keeps right on walking
Carrying her home in two carrier bags.

So how can you tell me you're lonely,
And say for you that the sun don't shine?
Let me take you by the hand and lead you through the streets of London
I'll show you something to make you change your mind

In the all night cafe
At a quarter past eleven,
Same old man is sitting there on his own
Looking at the world
Over the rim of his tea-cup,
Each tea last an hour
Then he wanders home alone

So how can you tell me you're lonely,
And say for you that the sun don't shine?
Let me take you by the hand and lead you through the streets of London
I'll show you something to make you change your mind

And have you seen the old man
Outside the seaman's mission
Memory fading with
The medal ribbons that he wears.
In our winter city,
The rain cries a little pity
For one more forgotten hero
And a world that doesn't care

So how can you tell me you're lonely,
And say for you that the sun don't shine?
Let me take you by the hand and lead you through the streets of London
I'll show you something to make you change your mind

» Alan Lowe-Jones Website

 

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2nd Apr 2007 21:06

I had to sing this with my primary school in a church service when I was 9 or 10!!
By Jonny


13th Apr 2007 19:35

Wow I've actually been to see Ralph McTell. Wasn't what I went to see (made a mistake with the venue) but I decided to watch him anyway as i had already bought the ticket. I think i heard this song.
By Rob


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