"Perfect Stranger" as written by Kevin James Labrie, Kevin F. Moore, John Myung, John Petrucci and Michael Portnoy....
Can you remember remember my name
As I flow through your life
A thousand oceans I have flown
And cold spirits of ice
All my life
I am the echo of your past

I am returning the echo of a point in time
Distant faces shine
A thousand warriors I have known
And laughing as the spirits appear
All your life
Shadows of another day

And if you hear me talking on the wind
You've got to understand
We must remain
Perfect strangers

I know I must remain inside this silent well of sorrow

A strand of silver hanging through the sky
Touching more than you see
The voice of ages in your mind
Is aching with the dead of the night
Precious life (your tears are lost in
Falling rain)

And if you hear me talking on the wind
You've got to understand
We must remain
Perfect strangers


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"Perfect Strangers" as written by Kevin F. Moore Kevin James Labrie

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    General CommentThe song that marked Deep Purple's first album in eight years, and the "Classic" lineup's first in 11. Surprisingly relaxed and sensible for Deep Purple, it's about coming back to those you knew in the past, who became strangers but are now well known to you again- very much like what happened to the band coming together again (Jon Lord and Ian Paice having left a then-disbanded Whitesnake, Roger Glover and Richie Blackmore ending Rainbow and Ian Gillan being fired from Black Sabbath and reforming as a result of these events ) Some of Deep Purple's best lyrics, and Ian Gillan excels in their delivery.
    Dreamer Deceiveron December 11, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis song is written about the Saga of Elric books. I'm only half way through book one, but I really like it. I'm going to try to explain the song without spoiling the fun for anyone that's reading it. Elric is albino and is the King of Melnabone. He is sent on an epic quest to defeat and sorcerer soceress and he finds out that 3 of the other people that were sent of the quest are the poeple his was in his past life. They defeat the evil spell casters and Elric returns to his kingdom only to find that his wife was killed by her brother whom Elric had left in charge while he was away. Elric is grief stricken and returns to the forest and becomes something like Aragorn in the Lord of the Rings, only he's extremely evil. He finds out that he had been reborn thousands of times and in each of his lifes, his lover dies and he becomes this vicious ranger. I haven't read any further than that. You can probably figure out what the song is about from what I've said so far. Extremely sad book, and the song is just as sad when you understand it.

    - Miranda
    musicfreak_12on February 18, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthis book really sounds interesting. who's the author?? i'd really like to read it but i don't think i've heard of it before...
    Ereinionon March 19, 2005   Link
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    General CommentFor some reason whenever I hear this song I think of the Alfred Hitchcock movie Stranger on a Train. I doubt it has anything to do with it, but that's what I think of.
    Haseque39on October 27, 2005   Link
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    General CommentKinda sounds like this guy meets up with an old flame and realizing that they can never get back together.
    kfe2on February 04, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthe riffs in this are just awsome!!
    friscleon February 18, 2006   Link
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    General Comment(or Perfect St. Rangers as it is sometimes known)

    Can you recapture the past? Will the flames burn again so fiercely? These were the questions we asked ourselves as we stood, together again for the first time in over ten years, somewhat shakily in the mid-eighties. Deep Purple. We were a family, albeit a troubled one, and the spirit of what had gone before was drawing us together again; unlikely as that may have seemed just a year earlier. We had each of us been on great Odysseys and that meant that we were not the raw individuals that had made things work in '69.

    The song refers to uncertainties about ourselves and about the reaction from the public, about our music and our integrity. A recognition that the days of gay abandon had passed and that a new phase was being entered. And so, from my point of view, the loneliness and singularity of all these vulnerabilities being put under a spotlight, a strand of silver, for the first time. - Ian Gillan.
    MrEd48on March 23, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI like this song. It's hard to analyze, but the thins that musicfreak_12 tells off seems to add up. Would like to read that book too, but I really can't read books without getting bored. To me this song is like someone comming back from a great adventure, and finds his love living a other life, where he doesnt fit in. So he is just being around her, watching her. Think he still loves her.
    Pintenon September 07, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song is a poke at Ronny Jame Dio... He auditioned for DP back when Ian left the band before this Perfect Strangers was released...He and Ian were good friends before that happened, but since have not been close...
    dpattersonon November 23, 2006   Link
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    General CommentA brilliant song.... the best song on the album.. too bad it only needs a solo, DAMN IT Ritchie you could have put an amazing solo to this mangificent song.

    I think its about how the band members came
    together after years to record the new album (Perfect Strangers).. all the times they had, the tension and the differences in the past, especially between Gillan and Blackmore.

    Anyway.. DP gives an example on this album on how to make a good comeback album.. bands like Metallica and Megadeth should takes notes. The best comeback album ever and the best DP album in the 80's.
    MMM88on January 16, 2007   Link

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