Sponsor Message:
Non Aviation Forum
My Starred Topics | Profile | New Topic | Forum Index | Help | Search 
The Streets Of London  
User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19097 posts, RR: 53
Posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 1541 times:

Does anyone else here like Ralph McTell's Streets of London track? I think it's a brilliant feel-good song.

I have written the lyrics for you - so there's no copyright issue:

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


"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
42 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
 
User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 54
Reply 1, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 1518 times:

Quoting Pe@rson (Thread starter):
Does anyone else here like Ralph McTell's Streets of London track? I think it's a brilliant feel-good song.

Does anyone else here have a desperate urge to violently murder each and every busker on the Underground who sings this poxy song?

Why is it that they only have a reperoire of three songs, including this one with apparently new and interminable verses with lots "Mmm, hmm, mmm" bits in it, interspersed with "Thank you very much" whenever it looks like he might have to say a word. Is there some deal I don't know about, whereby people give money if only he'll stop singing THE STREETS OF FUCKING LONDON EVERY 2 MINUTES.

And then when he does stop singing that one, he moves onto bloody Elton John, and you just know he's going to do Candle in the Wind with the puke-inducing Princess Diana lyrics, and you look around and every single commuter has broken into a run to get away from him, only to find that his mate, or brother round the corner really is singing from the same hymn sheet because by the time you get to him you find it's all in synch and you're actually going to be there in time for the next line.

Oh, and whilst I'm on the subject, the dog has a better voice than you, Mr Busker, and there's also a damn good reason why no-one - and I mean no-one - has had a lengthy musical career playing 9 instruments at the same time: Because it means you do them all really badly. Are you such a Billy-No-Mates that you don't have someone else who could join you? Have they all shot themselves because of you playing Streets of London to them for the 400th time?

And when you do try to play the mouth organ, one out of key blast on the harp does not mean you can play the bloody thing.

I was in London today, you might be able to tell.  Wink



She's as nervous as a very small nun at a penguin shoot.
User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19097 posts, RR: 53
Reply 2, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 1518 times:

It's a damn good song, Banco, if you listen to the proper version.


"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
User currently offlineCornish From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 8187 posts, RR: 54
Reply 3, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 1514 times:

Quoting Banco (Reply 1):
Does anyone else here have a desperate urge to violently murder each and every busker on the Underground who sings this poxy song?

Yes  grumpy 

So you enjoyed your day travelling on the tube today then Banco ? Big grin

The one thing that is FAR worse however are the buskers that get onto the Piccadilly line tubes on the Heathrow branch. I had to run that gauntlet every day in one of my old jobs and there you have NO escape from them - and they tend to be even more shockingly bad  grumpy 

This might be a post for the things that annoy you thread going on at the moment  Wink



Just when I thought I could see light at the end of the tunnel, it was some B*****d with a torch bringing me more work
User currently offlineCornish From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 8187 posts, RR: 54
Reply 4, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1510 times:

Quoting Pe@rson (Reply 2):
It's a damn good song, Banco, if you listen to the proper version.

Not that it represents any streets of London I've ever walked  Wink



Just when I thought I could see light at the end of the tunnel, it was some B*****d with a torch bringing me more work
User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 54
Reply 5, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1502 times:

Quoting Cornish (Reply 3):
So you enjoyed your day travelling on the tube today then Banco ?

Well, put it this way: I hate the Tube, for all the above reasons. So, I decided, since it as a nice day, to walk up to Piccadilly from Victoria. That was my first mistake. How was I to know it was Changing of the bloody Guard at Buckingham Palace today?  grumpy 



She's as nervous as a very small nun at a penguin shoot.
User currently offlineCornish From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 8187 posts, RR: 54
Reply 6, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1490 times:

Quoting Banco (Reply 5):
How was I to know it was Changing of the bloody Guard at Buckingham Palace today?

I thought they did that every day ?



Just when I thought I could see light at the end of the tunnel, it was some B*****d with a torch bringing me more work
User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19097 posts, RR: 53
Reply 7, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1490 times:

For fuck's sake. This website really pisses me off sometimes.

Quoting Cornish (Reply 4):
Not that it represents any streets of London I've ever walked

So, naturally, everyone's awfully rich, living an unbelievably good life. Open your eyes. No-one's lonely, on their own... There's no homeless, desperate people. Just like there's no poverty or aids in the world.

Your comment is quite possibly the stupidest I've read for a long time.

[Edited 2006-01-26 18:35:52]


"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 54
Reply 8, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1477 times:

Quoting Cornish (Reply 6):
I thought they did that every day ?

Er. Individuals maybe, but this was the whole changing of a regiment thing. with them marching down the Mall playing Colonel Bogey, with tourists apparently trying to hold back the entire tide of humanity so that they can take a photo with their arm round a policemen - who's desperately trying to hide the semi-automatic he's carrying behind his back...  grumpy 



She's as nervous as a very small nun at a penguin shoot.
User currently offlineCornish From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 8187 posts, RR: 54
Reply 9, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1473 times:

Calm down Calm down (as the Scousers would say).

Quoting Pe@rson (Reply 7):
So, naturally, everyone's awfully rich, living an unbelievably good life. Open your eyes. No-one's lonely, on their own... There's no homeless, desperate people. Just like there's no poverty in them world.

No of course I don't think that, and yes I'm well aware of the awful poverty some people have to live in and realise how lucky I am.

However:

Quoting Pe@rson (Thread starter):
I think it's a brilliant feel-good song.

NOT when you've heard it busked appallingly time and time again  Wink



Just when I thought I could see light at the end of the tunnel, it was some B*****d with a torch bringing me more work
User currently offlineDavid L From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 9483 posts, RR: 42
Reply 10, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1469 times:

Quoting Pe@rson (Thread starter):
Does anyone else here like Ralph McTell's Streets of London track?

Well, yes but...

Quoting Banco (Reply 1):
Does anyone else here have a desperate urge to violently murder each and every busker on the Underground who sings this poxy song?

That would kill it for me. Fortunately, I don't need to go to London anymore.  Smile

Ever seen a guy hammering away at random on a Tupperware box and expecting money for it? That's the class of busker you get in Edinburgh. At least there's no tune in there for him to murder.


User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19097 posts, RR: 53
Reply 11, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1469 times:

Quoting Cornish (Reply 9):
NOT when you've heard it busked appallingly time and time again

Perhaps not, but to imply that the song and the lyrics - when sung in a proper way by a proper singer - isn't good or heart-felt is silly.  Smile

Still, blame the buskers for ruining a damn good track.  Silly

Quoting Cornish (Reply 9):
Calm down Calm down (as the Scousers would say).

Yeahbutnobutyeah.



"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
User currently offlineCornish From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 8187 posts, RR: 54
Reply 12, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1465 times:

Quoting Pe@rson (Reply 11):
Yeahbutnobutyeah.

Oi thats my line.

Stop givin' me evils  Wink



Just when I thought I could see light at the end of the tunnel, it was some B*****d with a torch bringing me more work
User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 54
Reply 13, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1459 times:

Quoting Cornish (Reply 12):
Oi thats my line.

And you've got the accent for it! Big grin



She's as nervous as a very small nun at a penguin shoot.
User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19097 posts, RR: 53
Reply 14, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1459 times:

Quoting Cornish (Reply 12):
Stop givin' me evils

Am I bothered though?



"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 54
Reply 15, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1450 times:

Quoting Pe@rson (Reply 11):
Perhaps not, but to imply that the song and the lyrics - when sung in a proper way by a proper singer - isn't good or heart-felt is silly.

I don't agree with spousal abuse either, but I still hate "I Will Survive" with a passion.



She's as nervous as a very small nun at a penguin shoot.
User currently offlineGkirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24811 posts, RR: 56
Reply 16, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1450 times:

Who gives a toss about London anyway?  Confused
It's full of tramps, business people who live outside of London and cheeky Cockney gits and the Royal Family.
The World would be better off without London IMO  Wink
The 8 million who live there should be deported to France  Silly



When you hear the noise of the Tartan Army Boys, we'll be coming down the road!
User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 54
Reply 17, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1441 times:

Quoting Gkirk (Reply 16):
Who gives a toss about London anyway?

Yes, Kirkie, but without London and all those streets that need cleaning, you Scots wouldn't have ANY hope of getting a job...



She's as nervous as a very small nun at a penguin shoot.
User currently offlineGman94 From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 1239 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1441 times:

Quoting Gkirk (Reply 16):
It's full of tramps,

They'd be no tramps if all the Scots and northerners went back home.  Wink



British Airways - The Way To Fly
User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19097 posts, RR: 53
Reply 19, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1430 times:

Ahhhh you can't hate Jolity Farm by Bonzodog Band.  Big grin


"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
User currently offlineCosec59 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1430 times:

Quoting Pe@rson (Reply 19):
Ahhhh you can't hate Jolity Farm by Bonzodog Band.

Excellent choice along with "My Pink Half of The Drainpipe" and "Trouserpress"


User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 54
Reply 21, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1421 times:

Quoting Cosec59 (Reply 20):
Excellent choice along with "My Pink Half of The Drainpipe" and "Trouserpress"

Not forgetting Canyons of Your Mind - one of the finest parodies of the most buttock-clenchingly embarrassing film theme tunes of all time.



She's as nervous as a very small nun at a penguin shoot.
User currently offlineCosec59 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1410 times:

Quoting Banco (Reply 21):
Not forgetting Canyons of Your Mind - one of the finest parodies of the most buttock-clenchingly embarrassing film theme tunes of all time.

 checkmark 
I've still got Gorilla and Doughnut In Granny's Greenhouse on vinyl  cool 


User currently offlineSkidmarks From UK - England, joined Dec 2004, 7121 posts, RR: 58
Reply 23, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1391 times:

Quoting Cosec59 (Reply 22):
I've still got Gorilla and Doughnut In Granny's Greenhouse on vinyl

I KNEW there was something wrong with you! Big grin

Andy  old 



Growing old is compulsory, growing up is optional
User currently offlineColumba From Germany, joined Dec 2004, 7027 posts, RR: 4
Reply 24, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1377 times:

Reminds me on my English class we had the lyrics in our third year text book......


It will forever be a McDonnell Douglas MD 80 , Boeing MD 80 sounds so wrong
25 Post contains images Banco : Did they make you go out and perform it at the local railway station? I'm going to find out who is responsible and wipe them off the face of the eart
26 Post contains images Cornish : Apart from the Brazilian tourists of course who'll be keeping their distance I'll get my coat.....
27 Post contains images Skidmarks : Well, James, we finally know how to REALLY piss Banco off!! If he ever attends a meet - we just hire a busker to sing outside his hotel room until he
28 Post contains images Cosec59 : After a few quality wine's I'm sure we won't need to hire a busker
29 Banco : If you're willing to risk an Accessory to Murder charge...
30 Post contains images Banco : I await the cries of outrage on here with bated breath...
31 Post contains images Skidmarks : Wicked, evil man!! May you be haunted by "Ralp McTell" for all the days of your life! Andy
32 Post contains images Banco : Alternating with Elton John ballads, of course. My God, that really is a vicious punishment, isn't it?
33 Post contains images Skidmarks : Ah, dear old Elton (with emphasis on the "old"). Someone else who is flogged to death (or should be!) Andy
34 PMN : How exactly would you define the word 'proper' when used in a musical context?! Paul
35 Post contains images Gkirk : You've got a cheek calling someone else That's like JGPH1A calling someone else the Michelin Man.
36 Post contains images Pe@rson :
37 Post contains images Cornish : I suspect attending one of your spotters meets would be punishment enough for Banco
38 Post contains images Banco : Heh. Well, I wasn't going to say it, but....
39 Columba : No we only had to translate it and sing it quite a few times in class, bad enough.
40 Post contains images Skidmarks : Looks like a challenge here................ Andy
41 Kaddyuk : Personally i think the best thing about the streets of london... are the ones that lead you OUT of the city...
42 Post contains images David L : And all we got in our German classes was some stupid song with a chorus along the lines of "Wi di wi di witt bum bum"... WTF? Some kind of "lifestyle
Top Of Page
Forum Index

This topic is archived and can not be replied to any more.

Printer friendly format

Similar topics:More similar topics...
Insanity On The Streets Of Chisinau posted Mon Dec 14 2009 16:43:26 by N537FX
150mph Through The Streets Of Paris - Movie posted Sat Mar 18 2006 09:44:59 by EDKA
Future Of Ukraine Decided On The Streets Of Kiev? posted Mon Nov 22 2004 23:41:37 by L410Turbolet
The Rise Of The Electric Highway posted Sun Mar 18 2012 18:43:07 by DocLightning
The Heart Of The American Empire? posted Thu Mar 15 2012 11:43:08 by connies4ever
Glass Front Soda Machines - The Way Of The Future? posted Tue Jan 4 2011 17:15:50 by 1337Delta764
The Blizzard Of 2010 posted Sun Dec 26 2010 19:46:09 by dragon-wings
Surviving The End Of The World In 2012, In France posted Fri Dec 24 2010 08:15:44 by oly720man
In The Event Of A Nuclear Attack---- posted Thu Dec 16 2010 11:42:47 by ImperialEagle
Countdown For The Return Of Conan Coco Obrien posted Mon Nov 8 2010 18:53:28 by varigb707