Streets Of London

Recorded by the Liam Clancy on "Farewell To Tarwathie/The Dutchman"
Words & Music by
Ralph McTell

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Have you seen the old man in the closed down market,

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Kicking up the papers with his worn out shoes?

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In his eyes you see no pride.  Hanging loosely by his side,

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They're yesterday's paper telling yesterday's news.

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.

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So how can you tell me you're lonely,

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And say that for you the sun don't shine?

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Let me take you by the hand & lead you through the streets of

London,
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I will show you something to make you change your mind

 

In the all night cafe at a quarter to eleven,
Same old man sitting there all alone.

Looking at the world over the rim of his tea cup,

Each tea lasts a hour, then he wanders home alone.

Have you seen the old man outside the seamen's mission?
Memory fading like the ribbons he wears.

In this lonesome city the rain cries a little pity,

For one more forgotten hero in a world that doesn't care.


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