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The Streets Of London

Fri Jan 27, 2006 2:06 am

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
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RE: The Streets Of London

Fri Jan 27, 2006 2:21 am

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
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RE: The Streets Of London

Fri Jan 27, 2006 2:23 am

It's a damn good song, Banco, if you listen to the proper version.
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RE: The Streets Of London

Fri Jan 27, 2006 2:26 am

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
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RE: The Streets Of London

Fri Jan 27, 2006 2:30 am

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
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RE: The Streets Of London

Fri Jan 27, 2006 2:32 am

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 
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RE: The Streets Of London

Fri Jan 27, 2006 2:33 am

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 ?
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RE: The Streets Of London

Fri Jan 27, 2006 2:34 am

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]
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RE: The Streets Of London

Fri Jan 27, 2006 2:36 am

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 
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RE: The Streets Of London

Fri Jan 27, 2006 2:39 am

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
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RE: The Streets Of London

Fri Jan 27, 2006 2:44 am

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.
 
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RE: The Streets Of London

Fri Jan 27, 2006 2:44 am

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.
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RE: The Streets Of London

Fri Jan 27, 2006 2:46 am

Quoting Pe@rson (Reply 11):
Yeahbutnobutyeah.

Oi thats my line.

Stop givin' me evils  Wink
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RE: The Streets Of London

Fri Jan 27, 2006 2:48 am

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

And you've got the accent for it! Big grin
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RE: The Streets Of London

Fri Jan 27, 2006 2:50 am

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

Am I bothered though?
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RE: The Streets Of London

Fri Jan 27, 2006 2:53 am

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.
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RE: The Streets Of London

Fri Jan 27, 2006 2:54 am

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
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RE: The Streets Of London

Fri Jan 27, 2006 2:56 am

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...
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RE: The Streets Of London

Fri Jan 27, 2006 2:56 am

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

They'd be no tramps if all the Scots and northerners went back home.  Wink
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RE: The Streets Of London

Fri Jan 27, 2006 2:57 am

Ahhhh you can't hate Jolity Farm by Bonzodog Band.  Big grin
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RE: The Streets Of London

Fri Jan 27, 2006 2:59 am

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"
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RE: The Streets Of London

Fri Jan 27, 2006 3:05 am

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.
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RE: The Streets Of London

Fri Jan 27, 2006 3:09 am

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.

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RE: The Streets Of London

Fri Jan 27, 2006 3:39 am

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

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RE: The Streets Of London

Fri Jan 27, 2006 4:03 am

Reminds me on my English class we had the lyrics in our third year text book......
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RE: The Streets Of London

Fri Jan 27, 2006 4:06 am

Quoting Columba (Reply 24):
Reminds me on my English class we had the lyrics in our third year text book......

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 earth.  grumpy 
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RE: The Streets Of London

Fri Jan 27, 2006 4:24 am

Quoting Banco (Reply 8):
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...

Apart from the Brazilian tourists of course who'll be keeping their distance  Wink




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RE: The Streets Of London

Fri Jan 27, 2006 4:24 am

Quoting Banco (Reply 25):
I'm going to find out who is responsible and wipe them off the face of the earth.

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 pays us loads of money!! Big grin

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RE: The Streets Of London

Fri Jan 27, 2006 4:27 am

Quoting Skidmarks (Reply 27):
we just hire a busker to sing outside his hotel room until he pays us loads of money!!

After a few quality wine's I'm sure we won't need to hire a busker  Wink
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RE: The Streets Of London

Fri Jan 27, 2006 4:28 am

Quoting Skidmarks (Reply 27):
we just hire a busker to sing outside his hotel room until he pays us loads of money!!

If you're willing to risk an Accessory to Murder charge...
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RE: The Streets Of London

Fri Jan 27, 2006 4:32 am

Quoting Cornish (Reply 26):
Apart from the Brazilian tourists of course who'll be keeping their distance

I await the cries of outrage on here with bated breath... Big grin
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RE: The Streets Of London

Fri Jan 27, 2006 4:35 am

Quoting Banco (Reply 30):
I await the cries of outrage on here with bated breath...

Wicked, evil man!! May you be haunted by "Ralp McTell" for all the days of your life! Big grin

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RE: The Streets Of London

Fri Jan 27, 2006 4:38 am

Quoting Skidmarks (Reply 31):
Wicked, evil man!! May you be haunted by "Ralp McTell" for all the days of your life!

Alternating with Elton John ballads, of course.

My God, that really is a vicious punishment, isn't it?  Wow!
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RE: The Streets Of London

Fri Jan 27, 2006 4:41 am

Ah, dear old Elton (with emphasis on the "old"). Someone else who is flogged to death (or should be!)

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RE: The Streets Of London

Fri Jan 27, 2006 5:55 am

Quoting Pe@rson (Reply 2):
if you listen to the proper version.



Quoting Pe@rson (Reply 11):
when sung in a proper way by a proper singer

How exactly would you define the word 'proper' when used in a musical context?!

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RE: The Streets Of London

Fri Jan 27, 2006 5:56 am

Quoting Skidmarks (Reply 33):
Ah, dear old Elton (with emphasis on the "old"). Someone else who is flogged to death (or should be!)

You've got a cheek calling someone else  old   Yeah sure That's like JGPH1A calling someone else the Michelin Man.
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RE: The Streets Of London

Fri Jan 27, 2006 6:06 am

Quoting Skidmarks (Reply 27):
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 pays us loads of money!!

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RE: The Streets Of London

Fri Jan 27, 2006 5:52 pm

Quoting Skidmarks (Reply 27):
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 pays us loads of money!!

I suspect attending one of your spotters meets would be punishment enough for Banco  Wink
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RE: The Streets Of London

Fri Jan 27, 2006 6:01 pm

Quoting Cornish (Reply 37):
I suspect attending one of your spotters meets would be punishment enough for Banco

Heh. Well, I wasn't going to say it, but....  Wink
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RE: The Streets Of London

Fri Jan 27, 2006 6:06 pm

Quoting Banco (Reply 25):
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 earth.

No we only had to translate it and sing it quite a few times in class, bad enough.
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RE: The Streets Of London

Fri Jan 27, 2006 6:07 pm

Quoting Banco (Reply 38):
Heh. Well, I wasn't going to say it, but....

Looks like a challenge here................ Big grin

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RE: The Streets Of London

Fri Jan 27, 2006 6:08 pm

Personally i think the best thing about the streets of london... are the ones that lead you OUT of the city...
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RE: The Streets Of London

Fri Jan 27, 2006 10:17 pm

Quoting Columba (Reply 24):
Reminds me on my English class we had the lyrics in our third year text book......

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" recruitment song?  confused 

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