"Stranger" as written by and Jeff Lynne....
On a cold and windy morning
Said goodbye to my old friends
They were hangin' around the corner
They were stayin' till the end

On the other side of midnight,
I was lookin' for a place to stay
And one thing's sure for certain
I ain't never goin' back again

The streetlights looked so pretty
As they spread into a town
I was lookin' for another sundown
And my head was spinning round and round

Lookin' through the eyes of a stranger
Lookin' through the eyes of danger
Lookin' at the all-night dancer
Never takin' all the chances

As I walked into the main street
Saw a crowd across the square
And I heard a guitar playin'
And I saw you standing there

Lookin' through the eyes of a stranger
Lookin' through the eyes of danger
Lookin' at the all-night dancer
Never takin' all the chances

Distant bells they started ringing
Somewhere far off in the night
And the place was full of loneliness
That disappeared from sight

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"Stranger" as written by Jeff Lynne

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    My InterpretationThis song's lyrics and it's melancholy but upbeat melody capture the fear and excitement of leaving friends and a familiar place and traveling far away to pursue one's dreams. You can almost see the subject of the song looking out the plane's window in wonderment: "The streetlights looked so pretty/As they spread into a town."

    The chorus echoes the feelings one has when wandering through a new town. One is overwhelmed by the new surrounding and possibilities in a way that will never occur again once that city becomes familiar ("And my head was spinning round and round").

    But inside the unfamiliarity our subject meets someone who will become his lover: "Saw a crowd across the square/And I heard a guitar playin'/And I saw you standing there." It's a single line and not a theme that appears overtly in the remaining lyrics. But the conviction and tenderness with which Lynn sings this line would seem to indicate there is more to the encounter than the lyrics' simplicity reveals.

    With love in his life the lowliness of the new town melts away ("And the place was full of loneliness/That disappeared from sight"). Slowly what was a strange place becomes familiar and in regards to his hometown, our subject confirms what he believed at the start: "I ain't never going back."

    A gem of a song speaking of events I've lived through many times in my life.
    1035704115on March 09, 2016   Link
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    General CommentIt's about someone leaving their old life behind and beginning a new one. Perhaps this person is leaving to become a musician. He is a stranger in a strange land now. He does meet a person playing guitar, but they are a stranger to him. I keep thinking Jeff Lynn is writing mostly about himself and his experiences.
    Scifiboy2002on May 21, 2009   Link

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