"If I Am a Stranger" as written by and Ryan Adams....
For all the hours here that move too slow
There's all this letting go, that don't pass
If all this love is real, how will we know?
If we're only scared of losing it, how will it last?
If I am a stranger now to you
I will always be, I will always be
Stronger now then me, stronger then you
Our love will always be
And if we let it go, I will try to be there for you
If I can, what if I can't?
Today is yesterday when you don't know
How to rebuild the walls that someone has knocked down
To tell the truth it's hard enough about a lover
Who you want to hide your darkness from
So they won't let you down
If I am a stranger now to you
I will always be, I will always be
Stronger now then me, stronger then you
Our love will always be
And if we let it go, I will try to be there for you
I will try and be there for you
If I can, what if I can't?
For all the hours here that move to slow
There's all this letting go, that won't pass
If all this love is real, how will we know?
And if were only scared of losing it, how will it last?
If I am a stranger now to you
I will always be, I will always be
Stronger now then me, stronger than you
Our love will always be
If we let it go, I will try to be there for you
I will try to be there for you
I will try to be there for you
If I can, what if I can't?


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"If I Am a Stranger" as written by Ryan Adams

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    General CommentCORRECT LYRICS

    For all the hours here that move too slow
    There's all this letting go, that won't pass
    If all this love is real, how will we know?
    And if I'm only scared of losing it, how will it last?

    If I am a stranger now to you
    I will always be, I will always be
    Stronger now than me, stronger than you
    Love will always be
    If we let it go, I'll try to be there for you
    If I can, what if I can?

    Today is yesterday when you don't know
    How to build the walls that someone has knocked down
    To tell the truth its hard enough without a lover
    Who you want to hide your darkness from
    So you won't let em down

    If I am a stranger now to you
    I will always be, I will always be
    Stronger now than me, stronger than you
    Love will always be
    If you let it go, I'll try to be there for you
    If I can, what if I can?
    For all the hours here that move too slow
    There's all this letting go, that don't pass
    If all this love is real, how will we know?
    And if we're only scared of losing it, how will it last?

    If I am a stranger now to you
    I will always be, I will always be
    Stronger now than me, stronger than you
    Love will always be
    If we let it go, I'll try to be there for you
    I'll try to be there for you
    I'll try to be there for you
    If I can, what if I can?
    polomajikon January 23, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOne of my favorite Ryan Adams songs.

    Great love song...
    Spock_123on April 14, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAmazing.
    Karinalmon April 24, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think it should be:

    "How to REbuild the walls that someone has knocked down"

    Sounds more logical.
    RUExperiencedon August 25, 2008   Link
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    General CommentOkay, this song is great, it would be better if people put the correct lyrics up.
    laxgyrl21, and polomajik are both wrong. It's "If I can, what if I can't," just like breezebay11 said. Here are the complete and correct lyrics, from answeringbell.com

    For all the hours here that move too slow
    There's all this letting go, that don't pass
    If all this love is real, how will we know?
    If we're only scared of losing it, how will it last?

    If I am a stranger now to you
    I will always be, I will always be
    Stronger now then me, stronger then you
    Our love will always be
    And if we let it go, I will try to be there for you
    If I can, what if I can't?

    Today is yesterday when you don't know
    How to rebuild the walls that someone has knocked down
    To tell the truth it's hard enough about a lover
    Who you want to hide your darkness from
    So they won't let you down

    If I am a stranger now to you
    I will always be, I will always be
    Stronger now then me, stronger then you
    Our love will always be
    And if we let it go, I willl try to be there for you
    I will try and be there for you
    If I can, what if I can't?

    For all the hours here that move to slow
    There's all this letting go, that won't pass
    If all this love is real, how will we know?
    And if were only scared of losing it, how will it last?

    If I am a stranger now to you
    I will always be, I will always be
    Stronger now then me, stronger than you
    Our love will always be
    If we let it go, I will try to be there for you
    I will try to be there for you
    I will try to be there for you
    If I can, what if I can't?
    STWag11on September 09, 2008   Link
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    General CommentOkay, this song is great, it would be better if people put the correct lyrics up.
    laxgyrl21, and polomajik are both wrong. It's "If I can, what if I can't," just like breezebay11 said. Here are the complete and correct lyrics, from answeringbell.com

    For all the hours here that move too slow
    There's all this letting go, that don't pass
    If all this love is real, how will we know?
    If we're only scared of losing it, how will it last?

    If I am a stranger now to you
    I will always be, I will always be
    Stronger now then me, stronger then you
    Our love will always be
    And if we let it go, I will try to be there for you
    If I can, what if I can't?

    Today is yesterday when you don't know
    How to rebuild the walls that someone has knocked down
    To tell the truth it's hard enough about a lover
    Who you want to hide your darkness from
    So they won't let you down

    If I am a stranger now to you
    I will always be, I will always be
    Stronger now then me, stronger then you
    Our love will always be
    And if we let it go, I willl try to be there for you
    I will try and be there for you
    If I can, what if I can't?

    For all the hours here that move to slow
    There's all this letting go, that won't pass
    If all this love is real, how will we know?
    And if were only scared of losing it, how will it last?

    If I am a stranger now to you
    I will always be, I will always be
    Stronger now then me, stronger than you
    Our love will always be
    If we let it go, I will try to be there for you
    I will try to be there for you
    I will try to be there for you
    If I can, what if I can't?
    STWag11on September 09, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah we get the picture the lyrics arent exactly right. now, back to the song... amazing!
    leew62on July 22, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThe song is about being in love and knowing the other person feels the same way, but at the same time, knowing the person well enough to know that they're quite complicated, and probably doesn't know how to handle it. You're opening yourself to them and hoping they reciprocate and at times they do but then pull away. You know they have feelings for you and want to show you, but something holds them back. It's a long and tiresome battle for you but you keep trying because you want them so badly. Though, in truth you know it will never happen.
    udontknowmeon June 11, 2012   Link
  • -1
    General CommentThis song is truly fantastic. This describes love so well... When it's there, you are afraid of losing it, so how can people be completely happy and let loose when they're afraid that love will go away. And when its over, the feelings are still there, but the people drift apart...He want's to be there for the girl no matter what..but what if he cant? To me this is a song about true love.
    turtleislandon June 07, 2005   Link
  • -1
    General Commentthere are alot of mistakes.
    first off its "If I can, what if I can't?"

    "how to build the walls.."

    "its hard enough without a lover.....so they won't let you down"
    breezybay11on November 11, 2005   Link

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