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Streets of London
Ralph McTell. Scheduled for an upcoming Darby CD.
notes: A universal anthem of the homeless populations in the
industrialized world. It is McTell's best known song.
Streets of London

C                        G   Em           Am                       Em
Have you seen the old man as he walks the streets of London
F              C            D                  G       G7
Kickin’ the papers in old, worn-out shoes
C                       G       Em         Am             Em
In his eyes you’ll see no pride and held closely by his side
F                     C                G       G7   C
Are yesterday’s papers tellin’ yesterday’s news

And have you seen the old girl as she walks the streets of London
There’s dirt in her hair, and her clothes are in rags
She’s no time for talkin’, she just keeps right on walkin’
She’s carryin’ her home in two carrier bags

F                        Em                     C   Am   D
And how can you tell me that you’re lo    â€“    nley
                                                G      G7
And say for you that the sun don’t shine
    C                    G        Em              Am                         Em
Oh, let me take you by the hand and I’ll lead you through the streets of London
F                 C                  G            G7              C
I’ll show you something to make you change your mind

In an all night café at a quarter to eleven
Same old man sittin’ there, and he’s all on his own
He’s starin’ at the world past the rim of his teacup
Each tea lasts an hour, then he wanders off alone

Have you seen the old man outside the Seaman’s Mission
His memory’s fadin’ like the ribbons that he wears
In this lonesome city the rain cries little pity
For an old forgotten hero in a world that doesn’t care