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. 

 

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.

Oh, 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.

Oh, the sex shops are hot, but the message is not around Soho.
And the massage is clean, if you know what I mean, itís a no-no.
Oh, the cinemas too even know what to do, and the sauna bath girls
Put your head in a whirl, oh, the sauna bath girls, 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.

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

Stay away from the whores that are standing in doors around Soho.
Though the taste isnít nice, everyone has her price, itís a no-no.
Some are leaning on cars, even cruising in bars, shake your head if youíre shy.
Someone else will come by, shake your head if youíre shy, 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: And 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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