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Thread #18467   Message #2110471
Posted By: GUEST,guest
24-Jul-07 - 06:49 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Streets of London (Ralph McTell)^^^
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Streets of London
Replying to the question if we like the song.

I do .. I think the sentiment is in the right place. There are so few songs about people beset by harsh circumstances anymore. The last one I can remember getting airplay was "That's Just the Way it Is." don Mclean wrote one called Orphans of Wealth, but you rarely hear it anymore; and having seen Don's landed gentry lifestyle on a recent cbs sunday morning show, I would think he would be ashamed to sing it.

But I have to admit the line "how can you tell me you're lonely" is a little...mmmm...heavyhanded. it's difficult to talk/sing about the plight of the disadvantaged without sounding preachy, and this line is a bit pedantic. The melody and lyrics override that for me; but I can understand why it isn't as powerful and oft played an anthem as say,
There But For Fortune.

Sometimes I think the last great songwriter of this sort of topic was Woody.