lunes, 9 de agosto de 2010

Una canción: Streets of London (Ralph McTell 1975)

"Déjame cogerte de la mano y te guiaré por las calles de Londres. Te mostraré cosas que harán cambiar tu mente..." Un hito en las "folk songs" de los años setenta, con cerca de doscientas versiones (incluida una de Sinéad O'Connor); una canción que se sigue repitiendo y emocionando sobre los olvidados: "Cómo puedes decirme que estás solo y que para ti no brilla el sol..."

Ralph McTell, Streets of London

Album: Streets of London (1975)

Have you seen the old man
In the closed-down market
Kicking up the paper,
with his worn out shoes?
In his eyes you see no pride
And held loosely at his side
Yesterday's paper telling yesterday's news

So how can you tell me you're lonely,
And say for you that the sun don't shine?
Let me take you by the hand and lead you through the streets of London
I'll show you something to make you change your mind

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.


In the all night cafe
At a quarter past eleven,
Same old man is sitting there on his own
Looking at the world
Over the rim of his tea-cup,
Each tea last an hour
Then he wanders home alone


And have you seen the old man
Outside the seaman's mission
Memory fading with
The medal ribbons that he wears.
In our winter city,
The rain cries a little pity
For one more forgotten hero
And a world that doesn't care


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