London Song

Ray Davies, released on The Storyteller (solo) © Davray Music Ltd. 1998

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There's a room in a house in a street in a manor in a borough

That's part of a city that is generally referred to as London

It's a dark place, a mysterious place

And it is said that if you're born within the sound of Bow-Bells

You have the necessary qualifications to be christened a Londoner

(It's a cruel place, it's a hard place)

But when you think back to all the great Londoners

William Blake, Charles Dickens, Dick Whittington,

Pearly kings, barrow boys, Arthur Daley, Max Wall

And don't forget the Kray twins

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But if you're ever up on Highgate Hill on a clear day

You can see right down to Leicester Square (London, London)

Crystal Palace, Clapham Common, right down to Streatham Hill

North and South, I feel that I'm a Londoner still (London, London)

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Chiswick Bridge to Newham and East Ham

Churchbells ring out through the land

You were born in London, England

(London, London, through the dark alley-ways and passages of London)

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And there's a tap by a reservoir, leading to a stream,

That turns into a river estuary that eventually opens to the sea

(London, London)

And there's a docker by a wharf, sending cargo overseas,

Unloading foreign trade from a large ocean vessel

In the mighty metropolitan port of London

(London, London, through the dark alley-ways and passages of London)

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When I think of all the Londoners still unsung

East-enders, West-enders, Oriental-enders

Fu Manchu, Sherlock Holmes, Jack Spock, Henry Cooper,

Thomas A'Becket, Thomas Moore, and don't forget the Kray twins

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There's a part of me that says "Get out"

Then one day I'll hear somebody shout

"Sounds to me like you come from London Town"

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But if you're ever up on Highgate Hill on a clear day,

I'll be there (I'll be there)

Yes I will be there (there)

Through the dark alley-ways and passages of London, London

London, London, through the dark alley-ways and passages of London, London

London, London, through the dark alley-ways and passages of London, London

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