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Thread #18467 Message #2111009
Posted By: Big Mick
25-Jul-07 - 12:38 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Streets of London (Ralph McTell)^^^
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Streets of London
I've been doing this song for a number of years now, sometimes I will change the name to the city I am in, just to let folks know that they need to see when they walk their streets. They need to be aware of what is around them. It is my opinion that this is a problem around the world, but it is particularly acute in my own possessions obsessed country. Sometimes my countrymen are so obsessed with touting our fair land as the "Greatest country on earth" that they don't open their eyes and see that, in many ways, we aren't even in the top 10. Greatest potential? Maybe. But, after a tenuous start, and a great set of middle innings, we are in danger of slipping very far back in the pack. I believe music has the power to influence how people think, when done the right way. I believe McTell's Streets of London is one of those songs. And I would bet he wouldn't have a lick of trouble with the Big ole Mick using it to open folks eyes to the truth that is all around them.
By the way, "The Hiring Fair" was sent to me by she whom I relentlessy pursue over cyber hill and dale, known to the old timers here as THE FAIR ONE, some years ago. I love the song, especially the part where (by the use of certain phrasing, and sexy noises, and guitar work) it gets a little randy. Love singing that song!!!!
All the best,