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Streets of London

Song Author Ralph McTell Lyrics by: Ralph McTell Performer: Ralph McTell Submitted by: ovolden

H[C]ave you seen the [G]old man in the c[Am]losed down m[Em]arket,
K[F]icking up the p[C]apers with his w[D]orn out sh[G7]oes?   
[C]In his eyes you s[G]ee no pride. Arms[Am] hang loosely [Em]at his side,
Y[F]esterday's p[C]apers telling y[G7]esterday's n[C]ews.


So h[F]ow can you t[Em]ell me you're [G]lo  [G7]nel   [Am]y,   
[D]And say for [D7]you that the sun don't [G]shine?[G7]    
L[C]et me take you [G]by the hand and
l[Am]ead you through the st[Em]reets of London,
I[F]'ll show you s[C]omething that'll m[G]ake you change your m[C]ind.


[C]Have you seen the [G]old girl who [Am]walks the streets of [Em]London?
[F]Dirt in her [C]hair and her [D]clothes in [G7]rags.
[C]She's no time for [G]talking, she just [Am]keeps right on [Em]walking,
[F]Carrying her [C]home in [G7]two carrier [C]bags.


So h[F]ow can you t[Em]ell me you're [G]lo  [G7]nel   [Am]y,   
[D]And say for [D7]you that the sun don't [G]shine?[G7]    
L[C]et me take you [G]by the hand and
l[Am]ead you through the st[Em]reets of London,
I[F]'ll show you s[C]omething that'll m[G]ake you change your m[C]ind.

[C]In the all night c[G]afe at a q[Am]uarter past e[Em]leven,
[F]Same old [C]man sitting [D]there on his [G7]own.   
[C]Looking at the w[G]orld over the [Am]rim of his [Em]tea cup,
[F]Each tea lasts a [C]hour, then he [G7]wanders home a[C]lone.


So h[F]ow can you t[Em]ell me you're [G]lo  [G7]nel   [Am]y,   
[D]And say for [D7]you that the sun don't [G]shine?[G7]    
L[C]et me take you [G]by the hand and
l[Am]ead you through the st[Em]reets of London,
I[F]'ll show you s[C]omething that'll m[G]ake you change your m[C]ind.

[C]Have you seen the [G]old man out[Am]side the seamen's [Em]mission?
[F]Memory fading [C]with the metal ri[D7]bbons that he [G7]wears.
[C]In our winter [G]city the [Am]rain cries a little [Em]pity,
For [F]one more forgotten [C]hero in a [G7]world that doesn't [C]care.

So h[F]ow can you t[Em]ell me you're [G]lo  [G7]nel   [Am]y,   
[D]And say for [D7]you that the sun don't [G]shine?[G7]    
L[C]et me take you [G]by the hand and
l[Am]ead you through the st[Em]reets of London,
I[F]'ll show you s[C]omething that'll m[G]ake you change your m[C]ind.



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. Arms hang loosely at his side,
Yesterday's papers 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 that'll 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 that'll 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 a 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 that'll make you change your mind.

Have you seen the old man outside the seamen's mission?
Memory fading with the metal ribbons that he wears.
In our winter city the rain cries a little pity,
For one more forgotten hero in 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 that'll make you change your mind.

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