Ralph McTell Lyrics
1944 - Ralph May born: Dec. 3rd. Famborough, Kent.
1947 - His father leaves home; the family move to Croydon.
1951 - Learns to play the harmonica and discovers Laurel
Hardy and Flash Gordon at Saturday morning pictures.
1954 - Ralph makes his stage debut at school pantomime
performing 'Where Will The Baby's Dimple Be?'
1957 - Swaps his harmonica for a ukulele and forms a band.
1959 - Takes up the guitar. Leaves school and joins the
army as a boy soldier.
1960 - Buys himself out of the Queen's Surrey Regiment
Junior Leaders Battalion More...
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Just excellent social commentry | Reviewer: Wayne------ About the song Streets Of London performed by Ralph McTell
In the 1800's Charles Dickens was the social conscience of his time, writing about the hardships and the not so fortunate of his time (his own father spent time in a debtors prison because he was unable to meet his own debts)and always with a counterpoint to those who have and care not one jot for those who have not. Well in the time of my generation (and beyond it seems), Ralph McTell has become the social conscience of his time, of my generation. I get the guitar out and play it from time to time but can hardly make it through without choking up, yes I've seen the people the song speaks of and I think what hurts the most is that in our modern society (in OUR winter cities) there are still these people out there and I feel sometimes that the world really does not care. Then I see someone perform a simple act of kindness, a kind word or some change dropped into a proffered styrene cup and I once again regain some hope for humanity. I think Ralph's song moved many to try and change the status-quo. May God Bless those who try.
wow this songs speaks the truth!! | Reviewer: Toochi chigbo------ About the song Streets Of London performed by Ralph McTell
my choir in primary school sang this song and iv really liked it since then and well it wasn't sang that well in primary but now i'm in high school i like putting my own twist to it and i just absolutely love singing it when i feel like singing. there are many people that are lonely and no one really cares because it sounds stupid but you need to put yourself in their shoes and then start judging the world. is there any hope of change can the world actually be a better place
Belfast remember | Reviewer: Lee Willdridge------ About the song Streets Of London performed by Ralph McTell
Back in the troubled times of the late 60's and 70's in Northern Ireland, there were 2 artists who religiously played The Ulster Hall, Belfast during the Christmas / New Year period . Rory Gallagher and Ralph McTell -and what a contrast. Back then, we ached for entertainment and both Rory and Ralph answered our call. McTell was the main reason why many of us picked up an acoustic guitar (along with "House of the rising sun") and to this day, it is the classic song to get everyone singing at a party.
Thanks Ralph, for taking the time to visit Northern Ireland during the dark days of the bombs and bullets and to anyone who only knows "The Streets of London", check out his albums (sorry, I mean CD's) and listen to some of the lyrics and finger pickin' tunes.
Streets of London | Reviewer: Frank Cooke------ About the song Streets Of London performed by Ralph McTell
The Lyrics were written to explain to a friend of McTell's who felt life was really hard and was also suffering with depression and felt lonely. It was said most of the lyrics were written in Paris?? The song reached No2 in the charts
This version is told at live shows and was also repeated on live TV today. Most times there is a simple answer.....
Ralf McTell is a 'Forgotten Hero' himself | Reviewer: Big Paul (Belfast)------ About the song Streets Of London performed by Ralph McTell
An earlier review gets it partly right about the origins of this beautiful song. Ralf was indeed touring Europe, when he visited Paris. Upon seeing the many, many homeless people, not only on the streets, but camped out below the cities famous bridges, including the world famous 'Pont Neuf' (Bridge Nine), McTell decided to write this song to highlight the situation. By the time he returned home and composed a draft of the lyrics, coincidently another artist had released a different song, highlighting the same issues in Paris. So McTell then proceeded to alter the lyrics to become the famous song that we know and love today.
It seems that you English need to brush up a bit on your own history :-) Absolutely NO Offense Intended guys :-) Love from 'The Big Guy', Belfast
Forgotten Hero | Reviewer: minimuso------ About the song Streets Of London performed by Ralph McTell
This is such a great song. People often know the tune yet have no idea that this was not just a one hit wonder. Ralph McTell is a prolific writer who has done masses of wonderful stuff but somehow seems to have escaped the prominent adulation ought to go with such a gift. I hope people find out more about the writer who had so many profound thoughts and shared them in songs and poetry. How sad if he too were a "forgotten hero" - sad for the everyone I think.
Streets of Market Harborough, Leicestershire | Reviewer: Helen Morritt------ About the song Streets Of London performed by Ralph McTell
I love this song by Ralph McTell.
Some alternate lyrics could be related to Market Harborough's town. The Public Houses, the Clubs, Shops, Supermarkets. Some of the people live in the town who I always see walking around.
I shall work out the lyrics and put them on here.
An old friend | Reviewer: Allan Matthews------ About the song Streets Of London performed by Ralph McTell
I played this long ago for some friends at a party, i always loved the lyrics, supprisingly i've just been presented with a photo albun celebrating my 60th birthday, and this song they added to the end of the photo DVD,wow wasn't the word, tears last forever
My favorite | Reviewer: Anonymous------ About the song Streets Of London performed by Ralph McTell
This is my absolute favorite song. One of my friends used to pull out his guitar and play this song. Never really knew who wrote it, but always loved the lyrics. Lots of fond memories bound to this song...
Personal | Reviewer: Dave Hackney------ About the song Streets Of London performed by Ralph McTell
When Ralph McTell released Streets of London the homeless problem was very much about older people, thus the lyrics 'Old man', 'Old Girl'. This song changed the nations attitude to homeless people, it resulted in more hostels and much of the rough sleeping was reduced, however the problem did not go away, but it did change, the age of the homeless in London and our other major cities dropped. 11 years ago whilst at Birmingham University studying Youth and Community Work we had a module called 'Informal Education in Alternative Environments'. A student colleague and I chose Homlessness as our 'alternative environment' We visited several projects including St Basil's. At the time I was perhaps a 'little more spiritual' than I am at the moment. These words came to me, or were given to me in 'one shot' there has been no revision of them from the first writing (interpret that as you will). The last verse which talks of 'One more potential hero'' makes my eyes well up today almost as much as when I first wrote them down. Since that time i have worked with a number of young people, who despite my best efforts have disappeared into the twilight zone of homelessness, all of them are still potential hero's.
Streets of London is a clasic, and i would hate to thing that the following version would take anything away from it.
I would welcome any comments
Have you seen the young man outside the Job Centre
Kicking at a can with his worn trainers
In his eyes you see no pride
and held loosely at his side
Yesterday's paper with no jobs inside.
Ch. 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 Brum now,
let me show you something
that'll make you change your mind.
Have you seen the young girl
who walks the streets of Brum now
Selling the Big Issue
with a smile on her face,
She's no time for talking,
she just keeps right on calling,
hiding her true feelings
behind the smile on her face.
Have you seen the young ones
sitting in the subway,
Plucking out a tune
with their frozen hands
shoppers pass with bulging bags
don't even give a second glance
maybe drop a penny,
pretending that they care.
In the all night café,
at a quarter past eleven,
same young man
sitting there on his own
looking at the world
over the rim of his coke can
each can lasts an hour then he wanders home alone
Have you seen the young man
outside the drop in centre
memories of his childhood
in the pain on his face
in our winter city
the rain cries a little pity
for one more potential hero
in a world that doesn't care.
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