The bus was late
And forced us all to congregate
Twenty-seven strangers
Made to stand and wait

The time went by
The sun went down
A baby cried
I just stood in line

But there is no cue
No stage hand saying what to do
And you are me
And I am you

The bus it came
And everybody loaded in
Twenty-seven strangers
In a moving can

The fluorescent light
Doubled everyone inside
The baby's face reflected
In the shopfronts in the sky

But faces change
And rules they all get rearranged
And photographs
All fade away

The bus broke down
At the graveyard on the edge of town
Twenty-seven strangers
Separate without a sound

So I walked home
Just feeling nothing on my own
Noticing that tree of yours
I've been watching it grow

So that's why I'm late
My dearest one what can I say
And tomorrow it could be the same
When I do it all again

Lyrics submitted by janerik

Twenty Seven Strangers song meanings
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  • +1
    My InterpretationIt's "Rooms all get rearranged" not "rules". This song is enchanting, but I wouldn't call it mundane.

    He's observing the cycle of life, with all the expected and unexpected intertwined. It's almost "strange" to think about...

    He's surrounded by only strangers, and finds it ironic that we're all connected "You are me/And I am you", yet we go on about our separate lives, each so important to us as we bounce along, separate but together in this world. We create places for ourselves, snap photographs, fall in love, and eventually all these things fade, & others come in to rearrange.

    There is no script, you can't really say what tomorrow will bring, and the circle of life continues-symbolized by the tree growing at the cemetery.

    ...I could say a whole lot more but I tried to keep it brief. :)
    shlaybeon August 08, 2010   Link
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    General Comment Pretty great song and musician.
    Really regret not seeing him play in Boston when I had the chance.

    It seems this song is about someone having a crap day and them explaining it to someone.
    GetInspiredon June 24, 2010   Link
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    General CommentJust saw them live in Manchester.... enchanting is the best descriptive for this band. Its a story of a simple day yet its brought to life and leaves you wanting to know more. Somthing their music does so well!
    messagefrombwon November 30, 2010   Link
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    General CommentJust found out about this group! Great song, love the story-telling!
    Snowking587on February 25, 2012   Link
  • -1
    General CommentYeah its the completely mundane story of this song that makes it so enchanting...
    Its just a guy like any other making excuses to his girlfriend about why he's so late, i love it!!
    beezybeaston August 02, 2010   Link

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