Jim's Note: First composed October 4, 1975 and rearranged Sunday, May 23, 1999. Originally written while I was living and working in London, England during the 1970's. The song was written following a particularly depressing night spent wandering around London's red light district of Soho. There are similarities between this song and Ralph McTell's 'Streets of London', but I like to think my song goes down the social ladder another level below McTell's. 

This is a shorter version of my original song. To read the full lyrics to the 1974 version click here...

Around Soho
© 1975 & 1999, Jim Lesses. All Rights Reserved

Oh, the Salvation Army they play on the corners in Soho,
As the people walk by, you can see in their eyes, itís a no-no.
With their stories of Christ, paint the world so itís nice, but the dead simply smile,
They will leave in a while, and the dead simply smile, around Soho.

And the big stripper queen, she is feeling quite mean there in Soho,
As she talks all the while, to the men who donít smile, itís a no-no.
And itís part of the act when she lays on her back with a wink and a grin,
But the showís wearing thin, with a wink and a grin, around Soho.

CHORUS
And I wish I had the strength today, so I could blow it all away,
Replace it with a better plan, dedicate it to a better Man. 

Oh, the manís looking thin, as he goes through the bins around Soho,
But you donít mind the stench, when you sleep on a bench, itís a no-no.
And you donít need to think, all you need is drink, keep your eyes on the ground.
When youíre down, you are down, keep your eyes on the ground, around Soho.

And I wish I had the strength today, so I could blow it all away,
Replace it with a better plan, dedicate it to a better Man.

The junkies they wait in the underground station near Soho,
Though they donít mean you harm, you can see by their arms, itís a no-no.
As the cop lends a hand to the ambulance man, they take them away.
Itís the same every day, as they take them away, around Soho.

And I wish I had the strength today, so I could blow it all away,
Replace it with a better plan, dedicate it to a better Man.

CODA: Oh, the Salvation Army they play on the corners in Soho...

(The song then segue's into the first line of 'What a Friend we Have in Jesus')
 

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