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The Streets of London by Ralph McTell

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Luister de podcast of lees meer over het verhaal achter "The Streets of London"

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The Streets of London

Opname :  1969

Uitgebracht : 1969, 1970,1971, 1974, 2017

AlbumSpiral Staircase

Schrijver.: Ralph McTell

Componist :  Ralph McTell

Opname studio. : Regent Studios

Record label :  Reprise records

Lengte song :  4:06

Succes van het nummer

NL charts :  hoogste ranking nummer 9

Top 2000 : Hoogste positie 766 ( 2005)

UK charts :  nummer 2

Op het hoogtepunt verkocht McTell 90.000 singles per dag

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Songtekst

Have you seen the old man
In the closed down market
Kicking up the papers
With his worn out shoes?

In his eyes, you see no pride
Hand 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
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
Show you something to make you change your mind

In the all night cafe
At a quarter past eleven
Same old man
Sitting there on his own

Looking at the world
Over the rim of his tea cup
Each tea lasts an hour
And he wanders home alone

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

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

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