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 (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, 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 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
Oh, is aching with the dead of the night
Oh oh 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 Lyrics as written by Ritchie Blackmore Ian Gillan

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  • +4
    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
  • +2
    My InterpretationThe perfect stranger is the whispering wind! The angel or demon on your shoulder. If you know about the silver cord, then you know about astral projection. The watchers as Enoch called them. In the Bible the believer is guided by hidden teachers. Depending on your path, it is either a demon, or an angel. Many writers say the song sometimes "writes itself". Many religious writers say the words come from God! I believe a lot of writers don't know what their own material represents! EVERYTHING here is symbolic of things unseen, or spirit. If you do not believe this dig deeper into your own spirit. The secret societies, all religions good and bad, and many other sects certainly understand this. This is my observation, take from it what you will.
    james16264on August 01, 2015   Link
  • +1
    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 24, 2006   Link
  • +1
    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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    My InterpretationOne of my favorites. I always envision the spirit of a Native American Chief speaking across the ages to us, the people who's ancestors invaded their lands two centuries ago, telling us that even though today we think we understand and feel the great peril and anguish they endured, we never truly will. We will never understand their way of life; their spiritualism, their love of the land, and the sky, and the animals. We can never be like them, and them like us. We will always be perfect strangers.
    Reno2112on February 23, 2016   Link
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    General CommentIt's a song pertaining to reincarnation and astral travel. You are a perfect stranger to your new self and those you've known so long ago, you get a hint perhaps of who you used to be yet separated by your distinct lives. You astral travel passing distant souls always connected to your body by the silver strand that is still intact.
    orange7038on January 21, 2018   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
  • 0
    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 28, 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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