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#----------------------------------PLEASE NOTE---------------------------------#
#This file is the author's own work and represents their interpretation of the #
#song. You may only use this file for private study, scholarship, or research. #
#------------------------------------------------------------------------------#

Tabbed by Jack Dingler
weaseldog2001@yahoo.com

London Apprentice
Ralph McTell

D                               G                  D
I am a London apprentice, for I never will learn a trade
    G               D            Em                 A
The best that I can hope for, is from mistakes I've made
  D                          G                      D
A man who never made any, he never meant nothing at all
   G                       D            Em                A
So Christopher Wren had to start again, when he built St. Paul’s

I am a London apprentice, for I never will learn her ways
When I walk the streets of London, I am constantly amazed
How a road I never was on before, leads to one and all
As any cabbie will tell you, that’s how all knowledge grows

I am a London apprentice, and I love the muddy Thames
Pushing his way through the city, just to come back again
Through plague and conflagration, and when the bombers came
A symbol of a nation, St. Paul amongst the flames

I am a London Apprentice and I’ll accept the status quo
But a cockney must be born, within the silent spells of beau
And London’s been a refuge, by accident or plan
So ask me who’s a Londoner, I’ll answer every man

I am a London apprentice, but one thing I know for sure
I’ll tell you very bluntly with these words you can’t ignore
Remember Doctor Johnson, who’s wit cut like a knife
When a man is tired of London, a man is tired of life

I am a London apprentice, for I never will learn a trade
The best that I can hope for, is from mistakes I’ve made
A man who never made any, he never meant nothing at all
So Christopher Wren had to start again, when he built St. Paul’s
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Weaseldog 238 Oct 31, 2013 10:41 PM

#----------------------------------PLEASE NOTE---------------------------------#
#This file is the author's own work and represents their interpretation of the #
#song. You may only use this file for private study, scholarship, or research. #
#------------------------------------------------------------------------------#

Tabbed by Jack Dingler
weaseldog2001@yahoo.com

London Apprentice
Ralph McTell

D G D
I am a London apprentice, for I never will learn a trade
G D Em G A
The best that I can hope for, is from mistakes I've made
D G D
A man who never made any, he never meant nothing at all
G D Em G A
So Christopher Wren had to start again, when he built St. Paul?s

I am a London apprentice, for I never will learn her ways
When I walk the streets of London, I am constantly amazed
How a road I never was on before, leads to one and all
As any cabbie will tell you, that?s how all knowledge grows

I am a London apprentice, and I love the muddy Thames
Pushing his way through the city, just to come back again
Through plague and conflagration, and when the bombers came
A symbol of a nation, St. Paul amongst the flames

I am a London Apprentice and I?ll accept the status quo
But a cockney must be born, within the silent spells of beau
And London?s been a refuge, by accident or plan
So ask me who?s a Londoner, I?ll answer every man

I am a London apprentice, but one thing I know for sure
I?ll tell you very bluntly with these words you can?t ignore
Remember Doctor Johnson, who?s wit cut like a knife
When a man is tired of London, a man is tired of life

I am a London apprentice, for I never will learn a trade
The best that I can hope for, is from mistakes I?ve made
A man who never made any, he never meant nothing at all
So Christopher Wren had to start again, when he built St. Paul?s

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Weaseldog 238 Nov 02, 2013 09:31 AM

After a bit of research I learned that the line "within the silent spells of beau", should be "within the silent spells of Bow". It refers to the "Bells of Bow".

This is probably obvious to anyone from the region or has spent time in London. From here in Texas, it was a mystery as to what Ralph was referring to. The line made little sense to me ears. :)

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Weaseldog 238 Nov 17, 2013 07:31 PM

After further listening, I think that instead of cabbie, he's saying Cabot, referring to John and Sebastian.

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