"The Seventh Stranger" as written by Nick Rhodes, Simon Le Bon, Andy Taylor, John Taylor and Roger Andrew Taylor....
Those words are all remainders
Echos growing in the heart of twilight
They lay back laughing at naivety's star
Awaken all those whispers
The dusty shadow of a passing favour
I wouldn't say that you were ruthless or right
I couldn't see from so far

Was I chasing after rainbows?
One thing for sure, you never answered when I called
And I wiped away the water from my face
To look through the eyes of a stranger

For rumors in the wake of such a lonely crowd
Trading in my shelter for danger
I'm changing my name just as the sun goes down
In the eyes of the stranger

Can't tell the real from reflection
When all these faces look the same to me
In every city such a desolate dream
Some days are strange to number
Some say the seventh sounds a little bit stranger
A year of Sundays seems to have drifted right by
I could have sworn in one evening

And I'm not seized in desperation
No steel reproaches on the table from before
But I still can feel those splinters of ice
I look through the eyes of a stranger

For rumors in the wake of such a lonely crowd
Trading in my shelter for danger
I'm changing my name just as the sun goes down
In the eyes of the stranger

I must be chasing after rainbows
One thing for sure you never answere when I call
And I wiped away the water from my face
To look through the eyes of a stranger

For rumors in the wake of such a lonely crowd
Trading in my shelter for danger
I'm changing my name just as the sun goes down
Walking away like a stranger

For rumors in the wake of such a lonely crowd
Trading in my shelter for danger
I'm changing my name just as the sun goes down
In the eyes of the stranger

In the eyes of the stranger
In the eyes of the stranger


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"The Seventh Stranger" as written by John Taylor Andy Taylor

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    My InterpretationIt's about the effects of sudden fortune and fame. About losing one's identity as a result of giving all of yourself to your audience, and losing people you love due to the demands of your career. The sactuary of anonymity is left behind after stepping into the spotlight. Life becomes a blur and time slips away, while every new place and new face starts to look the same as the last. Those that once mattered most in your life can't relate to you any more. You forget what life was like before. One day you wake up and wonder who you are; even your own reflection seems unrecognizable. But what exactly is the "seventh" stranger? I'm still not sure.
    necktietiedon February 11, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI love the lyrics to this song. Not so much the tune though it's very pretty.
    Canadaon March 28, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI listened to this song so many times and could not understand some of the lyrics. That's why I"m glad there are websites like this, so we can go back and read these amazing lyrics!
    XxSeventhStrangerXxon September 24, 2008   Link
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    General Commentnice explanation. The 'seventh' stranger is the stranger he is on sunday's.

    he sings:
    "Some days are strange to number"
    "Some say the seventh sounds a little bit stranger"
    So the 'seventh' is the seventh day (probably sunday)

    So as a celebrity before a crowd (playing his artist role) the sunday evening concerts feels even stranger than the other day's
    mr_petiton March 06, 2011   Link
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    Song MeaningI have read the above comments and never once thought this song was about fame and how it changes how people see you and you aren't anonymous anymore.


    I always thought this was an unrequited love song.
    "Was I chasing after rainbows?
    One thing for sure, you never answered when I called.
    And I wiped away the water from my face
    To look through the eyes of a stranger"

    To me this is about chasing, believing in, and pursuing a relationship only to discover that the other person wasn't as commited as you..
    He was chasing after rainbows thinking she was the one
    She ended things and didn't pick up the phone
    now he's lost and devestated not knowing how to move on and feeling like a stranger to himself because he doesn't know who he is without her anymore.



    this verse
    "And I'm not seized in desperation,
    No steel reproaches on the table from before.
    But I still can feel those splinters of ice
    I look through the eyes of a stranger"

    The first above line seems to me like a denial of the desperation he is sezined in.
    reproach = disapproval. - he is talking about how with the ending of a relationship, the disappointments that are often shared in a glance at the dinner table are gone, but he still feels the 'splinters of ice' = piercing staires the way somebody who doesn't love yo uanymore stares in a hating way.. and the confusion of the misinterpretation of the relationship means she is a stranger, and he himself feels like a stranger to himself


    To me, the entire song is unrequited love and nothing about fame.
    skysimoneon May 24, 2014   Link

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