Streets of London (4:07)

Cover of The Songs of Ralph McTell

From The Songs of Ralph McTell and 95 other releases

This song is about being homeless in London, and about how the world forgets about the people who are down and out, it just shows how the human race will stereotype the likes of tramps, not wondering, wether or not they have lead fulfilled lives, when actually one of the men in the song, appears to have served his country. Its not that hard to be down and out, especially in this day and age with the economy the way it is at present, and i think Ralph Mc Tell portrays the way of life very well in this song, and has a very soothing subtle tune to go with it. Its a very old song, but non-the less brilliant, well done Ralph x


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    5 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Palekite

    It is a classic folksong forever.

    11 Nov 2014 Reply
  • jetgar


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  • jomabbs

    So beautiful I could cry.

    23 Jun 2014 Reply
  • davidgeorgea

    Yes a good one from my past .. He sings this lovely .(( * _ * ))... Thank you Pete .

    2 Jun 2014 Reply
  • CidaDuarteF

    Very beautiful song! Thanks Pete!!!

    2 Jun 2014 Reply
  • hdogtricp

    haven't listened to this since school, gets better every time I listen to it.

    13 May 2014 Reply
  • fanvonoldies

    beautiful song absolutely full of feeling

    8 Jan 2014 Reply
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  • sheafholme

    Beautiful and true

    11 Oct 2013 Reply


    28 May 2013 Reply
  • nomoresongs

    A bit harsh, Jom, lol... but I agree, Ralph McTell, like Al Stewart and Cat Stevens, is singularly un-influenced by Dylan, I would say. Listen to more of his songs, especially Clown, Michael In The Garden, Kew Gardens, and you'll see how very English he is. If you want somebody influenced by Dylan try Phil Ochs or - in joke - Brokejarafingers.

    25 May 2013 Reply
  • jomabbs

    Seeing as Dylan is American and Ralf is singing about the down and out's in London, I would say yes you are the only one, what's more... The style is totally different.

    11 Apr 2013 Reply
  • beendeetz

    Great song, but am I the only one hearing a little bit too much of Dylan's influence in it?

    31 Mar 2013 Reply
  • nomoresongs

    I agree the tune and execution are lovely, but surely the lyrics are acidic about the state of London at the time with homeless people starting to come onto the streets - though in those days it was more gentlemen and women of the road. Nowadays, since Thatcher froze half the poor and Cameron tries to finish the job, the song is acutely more relevant than ever (like Barry McGuire's Eve Of Destruction or Phil Ochs' Cops Of The World).

    23 Mar 2013 Reply
  • BlueOclock

    Beautiful song

    20 Jan 2013 Reply
  • soundfyles

    One of the nicest songs of all times

    3 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Shannon_Gin

    太好听了!!爱死了,单曲循环~ love it

    10 Sep 2012 Reply
  • NitaD1

    Just such a gorgeous song

    30 Aug 2012 Reply
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