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Streets of London by Ralph Mc Tell How to explain the songs popularity Ralph Mc Tells song Streets of London is about the everyday poverty which we the healthy and wealthy part of our society dont seem to recognize The song tells the story of an old impecunious man who used to be a successful seaman a hero In the past the old man was respected and admired by the society but in the same way his medal ribbons fade the societys memory of the former hero fades Ralph Mc Tell is able to make us feel guilty and responsible when listening to his song as he sings about a man who was once a decent hard working person like most of us are We can see ourselves in the old mans wretched position and that makes us feel frightened and pensive Most people think that poverty only exists in Third World Countries where there is not enough to eat and the water is polluted but Ralph Mc Tell doesnt sing about the enormous poverty of millions of people in Africa or Asia he sings about the individual poverty we can find in our neighbourhood and in our own family He makes us aware of the seriousness of poverty and due to the fact that each one of us could end like the old man in the song we suddenly worry about the poverty described by Ralph Mc Tell The song blames us for ignoring the lonely and poverty- stricken persons who live in our city village or vicinity let me take you by the hand and lead you through the streets of London An other reason for the songs immense popularity is in my eyes that Ralph Mc Tell uses many symbols in his song yesterdays papers telling yesterdays news looking at the world over the rim of his teacup Only by analysing the song very carefully we can really understand
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