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Thread #18467   Message #2109603
Posted By: Rog Peek
23-Jul-07 - 06:39 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Streets of London (Ralph McTell)^^^
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Streets of London
I don't know if anyone else has picked this up, I may have missed it, but the fourth line of the first verse is:

And held loosely at his side.


Hand held loosley by his side.

This is atraight from the horses mouth so to speak.

Ralph was at pains to point this out at a concert he did in Bristol about 5 years ago.

Also, in his book 'Songs for Six Strings', he has put a hand written note on the transcription done by Roger Brown:

"the lyric here is the first time I think it's been written out correctly. I wrote 'and held.....' NOT 'HAND held....'   Cheers Roger. Ralph
(Use of capitals was Ralph's not mine.)

Interestingly, in the lyrics in DT this line is correct, but there are some other differences to the lyrics written by Ralph, notably in the second and fourth verses, which should read:

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.

NOT ....two big shopping bags.

.................. the rain cries a little pity
For one more forgotten hero and a world that doesn't care

NOT a world that doesn't care.

Rog Peek