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Intro:
   C  G  Am  Em
   F  C  G   C

Verse:
C                 G           Am                 Em
Have you seen the old man, in the closed-down market
F              C                D7       G7
picking up the papers, with his worn-out shoes?
C               G             Am               Em
In his eyes you see no pride, and held loosely by his side
F           C               G7          C
yesterday's papers, telling yesterday's news

Chorus:
C      F           Em              C    G     Am
So how can you tell me, you're lo - ne - ly
D7            D7                     G      G7
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             G7                   C      C
I'll show you something, to make you change your mind

Verse:
C                 G             Am                   Em
Have you seen the old gal, who walks the streets of London
F            C               D7       G7
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       G7          C
Carrying her home, in two carrier bags

Chorus:
C      F           Em              C    G     Am
So how can you tell me, you're lo - ne - ly
D7            D7                     G      G7
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             G7                   C      C
I'll show you something, to make you change your mind

Verse:
C                 G        Am                 Em
And in the all-night cafe, at a quarter past eleven
F              C                D7       G7
some old man sitting there, all on his own
C               G             Am               Em
Looking at the world, over the rim of his tea-cup
F           C               G7          C
Each day lasts an hour, then he wanders home alone

Chorus:
C      F           Em              C    G     Am
So how can you tell me, you're lo - ne - ly
D7            D7                     G      G7
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             G7                   C      C
I'll show you something, to make you change your mind

Verse:
C                       G          Am                 Em
And have you seen the old man, outside the seaman's mission?
F              C                D7                 G7
His memory's fading, with those medal ribbons that he wears
C                  G              Am           Em
And in our winter city, the rain cries little pity
F               C                   G7                C
For one more forgotten hero, and a world that doesn't care

Chorus:
C      F           Em              C    G     Am
    So how can you tell me, you're lo - ne - ly
D7            D7                     G      G7
  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             G7                   C      C
  I'll show you something, to make you change your mind
F               C             G                   C      
  I'll show you something, to make you change your mind
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4 Comments

  1. Amazing song, but it’s not “each day lasts an hour” it’s “each tea lasts an hour”.

  2. The picking pattern I use is C E G A. Sounds right to me

  3. What’s the finger picking order or strumming pattern for this please. It would be helpful for us beginners to have thst info please. Great site though I have now got my daughter to start learning the uku.

  4. +2 is the recorded version.

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