Song Lyric Sunday – Street Of Love

This blogging caper has introduced me to a fun little music challenge, Song Lyric Sunday, initiated by Helen of This Thing Called Life One Word At A Time. (Check it out for more info! And thanks for spreading the word, Simone!) Today’s Song Lyric Sunday theme is street.

Three ‘street’ songs came to mind. Dancing In The Street (Martha and the Vandellas) is a cracking track synonymous with the swinging 60s and Motown genre. I’m also quite fond of Icehouse’s Street Café. Ahhh, my beloved Iva… no bias there at all. 🙂

My favourite ‘street’ song though is (Beggar On The) Street Of Love. Penned by the legendary Australian songwriter/musician Paul Kelly, it’s the cover by Kiwi Jenny Morris that I prefer. Her 1989 album Shiver (produced by Andrew Farriss of INXS) contained many treats, including Little Little, Self Deceiver and the Top 5 Aussie hit She Has To Be Loved. But I love her take on Street Of Love.

Lazy rhymes often infuriate me however I actually like the awkward pairing of honey/rainy here. It’s clumsy but cute. I think it makes it more heartfelt somehow.

In my time I have been
A rich girl giving favours
All the world at my feet
And its many different flavours
I sucked it all dry
Now I realise
I’m a beggar on the street of love
I’m a beggar on the street of love
All the rest have no charm
There is nothing they can give me
What I want makes me poor
In this great big world of plenty
I’m holding out my cup
Only you can fill it up
I’m a beggar on the street of love
I’m a beggar on the street of love
I’m a beggar on the street of love
I’m a beggar on the street of love
In the rain I’m standing
Trying to see
And my heart keeps calling
Calling out for you to see
You look right through me and you pass me by
Take my hand, lead me to
Your loving milk and honey
Lay me down, keep me from
The night so cold and rainy
Please, please, I’m down on my knees
I’m a beggar on the street of love
I’m a beggar on the street of love
I’m a beggar on the street of love
I’m a beggar on the street of love

Lyrics: Paul Kelly

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