IS LONDON LIKE IT USED TO BE?
 
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Two friends met in a land afar, across the ocean spray
And one who'd sailed from London Town had landed there that day
Then after a 'shake' and a friendly drink, the other murmured low
'Come, tell me about the old town, lad, tell me all you know.

Chorus: Is London like it used to be?
Is the Strand still there?
Do the boys still stroll round the West
With it's lights and glare
Are the girls as fair and beautiful?
Are my friends all right?
What would I give to be with them
In the old town tonight.


Each well-known spot was spoken of, each land-mark he'd recall
In cheery tones he spoke about his fav'rite music hall
Some street or some shop he enquired about out there across the tide
His mind wandered back to the dear old scenes, as again he cried,

Chorus: Is London like it used to be?
Is the Strand still there?
Do the boys still stroll round the West
With it's lights and glare
Are the girls as fair and beautiful?
Are my friends all right?
What would I give to be with them
In the old town tonight.


He asked about a little girl, and murmured with a sigh
'If she had been more kind to me, we'd ne'er have said Good-bye.'
A tear came trickling down his face, his heart was sad and sore
But the sob quickly changed to smile of joy, as he cried once more,

Chorus: Is London like it used to be?
Is the Strand still there?
Do the boys still stroll round the West
With it's lights and glare
Are the girls as fair and beautiful?
Are my friends all right?
What would I give to be with them
In the old town tonight.
 
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Written and composed by Harry Castling & C.W. Murphy
Performed by Victoria Monks (1885-1927)
 
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