The Streets of London (or rather Streets of Penang)

Lyrics of Streets of London

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.

Chorus

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

Chorus

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

(lyrics copied from here)

6 Replies to “The Streets of London (or rather Streets of Penang)”

  1. Jed – Hopefully, we can bring the real scene over here in a documentary. My CJ buddies and I were out in the streets last night. Very emo scene, I am lost for words. Don’t be surprised our own KL and Penang have a lot of these. Many of them venture into the cities to find some shelter and free foods cos they are too weak to work and yet, not old enough for welfare care.

    JT – I where got so kaya go luntun lah. You let me bunk in your place, I go wait for Air Asia where everyone can fry RM1 ticket, ok?

  2. Jed – Some bachelors, some abandoned by families because of their misdeeds previously, some just enjoy the wide open skies. It is complicated, each with their own reasons.

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