Streets Of London, by Ralph McTell

Streets Of London

Ralph McTell
Chords used in this song: Am, C, D, Em, F, G
Am
C
D
Em
F
G
[Intro]
C  G  Am  Em
F  C  G  C


[Verse]
C                 G
Have you seen the old man
       Am          Em
in the closed-down market
F              C              D        G
Kicking up the paper with his worn-out shoes?
C               G
In his eyes you see no pride
Am                Em          F
hand held loosely at his side
            C             G           C
Yesterday's paper telling yesterday's news


[Chorus]
   F           Em             C   Am  D
So how can you tell me you're lonely
                                   G
And say for you that the sun don't shine?
C               G
Let me take you by the hand
    Am                    Em               F
and lead you through the streets of London
              C
I'll show you something
   G                    C
to make you change your mind


[Instrumental]
C  G  Am  G


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


[Chorus]
   F           Em             C   Am   D
So how can you tell me you're lonely
                                   G
And say for you that the sun don't shine?
C               G
Let me take you by the hand
    Am                    Em               F
and lead you through the streets of London
              C
I'll show you something
   G                    C
to make you change your mind


[Solo]
C  G  Am  Em
F  C  G  C


[Verse]
C                G         Am            Em
In the all-night cafe at a quarter past eleven
F        C           F            G
Same old man sitting there on his own
C              G              Am         Em
Looking at the world over the rim of his tea-cup
F                 C
Each tea lasts an hour,
        G             C
then he wanders home alone


[Chorus]
   F           Em             C   Am  D
So how can you tell me you're lonely
            D                      G
And say for you that the sun don't shine?
C               G
Let me take you by the hand and
Am                    Em               F
lead you through the streets of London
              C
I'll show you something
   G                    C
to make you change your mind


[Interlude]
C  G  Am  G


[Verse]
C                 G
Have you seen the old man
   Am                Em
outside the seaman's mission?
F             C              F
Memory fading with the medal ribbons
        G
that he wears
    C             G
And in our winter city
         Am             Em
the rain cries a little pity
    F                  C
For one more forgotten hero
      G                  C
and a world that doesn't care


[Chorus]
   F           Em             C   Am  D
So how can you tell me you're lonely
            D                      G
And say for you that the sun don't shine?
C               G
Let me take you by the hand
    Am                   Em                F
and lead you through the streets of London
              C
I'll show you something to
G                    C    C~
make you change your mind