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Streets of London Chords

‣ Ralph McTell

Capo: 4th fret

[Intro]
C     G     Am    Em
F     C     G     C
 
[Verse 1]
C                 G              Am          Em
Have you seen the old man in the closed-down market
F              C              Dm       G
Kicking up the paper with his worn-out shoes?
C               G             Am               Em
In his eyes you see no pride, and held loosely at his side
F             C             G           C
  Yesterday's paper telling yesterday's news
 
[Chorus]
   F           Em             C    G    Am
So how can you tell me you're lo - ne - ly
D                                    G
  and say for you that the sun don't shine?
C               G               Am                   Em
Let me take you by the hand and lead you through the streets of London,
F               C            G                    C
  I'll show you something to make you change your mind
 
[Instrumental]
C     G     Am     G
 
[Verse 2]
C                 G            Am                   Em
Have you seen the old girl who walks the streets of London
F           C            Dm         G
Dirt in her hair and her clothes in rags?
C                 G            Am                  Em
She's no time for talking, she just keeps right on walking
F            C       G           C
Carrying her home in two carrier bags
 
[Chorus]
   F           Em             C    G    Am
So how can you tell me you're lo - ne - ly
D                                    G
  and say for you that the sun don't shine?
C               G               Am                   Em
Let me take you by the hand and lead you through the streets of London,
F               C            G                    C
  I'll show you something to make you change your mind
 
[Instrumental]
C     G     Am    Em
F     C     G     C
 
[Verse 3]
C                  G       Am            Em
In the all-night cafe at a quarter past eleven
F        C           Dm           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            G             C
Each tea lasts an hour, and he wanders home alone
 
[Chorus]
   F           Em             C    G    Am
So how can you tell me you're lo - ne - ly
D                                      G
  Don't say for you that the sun don't shine
C               G               Am                   Em
Let me take you by the hand and lead you through the streets of London,
F               C            G                    C
  I'll show you something to make you change your mind
 
[Instrumental]
C     G     Am     G
 
[Verse 4]
C                 G          Am                Em
Have you seen the old man outside the seaman's mission?
F             C              Dm              G
Memory fading with the medal ribbons that he wears
C             G             Am             Em
In our winter city the rain cries a little pity
    F                  C          G                  C
For one more forgotten hero and a world that doesn't care
 
[Chorus]
   F           Em             C    G    Am
So how can you tell me you're lo - ne - ly
D                                    G
  and say for you that the sun don't shine?
C               G               Am                   Em
Let me take you by the hand and lead you through the streets of London,
F               C            G                    C      F       C
  I'll show you something to make you change your mind
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