"Some Kind Of Stranger" as written by Andrew Eldritch and Gary Marx....
And yes I believe in what we had but words got in the way
And only yesterday, as I was leaving, Lord knows I've tried to say
But I've heard a million conversations going where they've been before
Seen the way that careful lingers undecided at the door

And all I know for sure, all I know for real
Is knowing doesn't mean so much
When placed against the feeling, the heat inside
When bodies meet, when fingers touch

All my words are secondhand and useless in the face of this
Rationale and rhyme and reason, pale beside a single kiss
And I've heard so many things, I fail to understand at all
I'd settle anytime for unknown footsteps in the hall outside

And all I know for sure, all I know for real
Is knowing doesn't mean so much
When placed against the feeling, the heat inside
When bodies meet, when fingers touch

Because the world is cruel and promises are broken
Don't try to tell me anything, don't try to tell me
You'll be true to me, you know the real truth is never spoken

And I know the world is cold but if you hold on tight to what you
Find you might not mind too much though
Even this must pass away

And memories may last for years but
Names are just for souvenirs
Some kind of angel, let me look into your eyes

Don't give me why's and wherefore's reason or surprise
I don't care for words that don't belong

And I don't care what you're called, tell me later if at all
I can wait a long, long time, before I hear another love song

Come here I think you're beautiful
My door is open wide
Some kind of angel come inside

Come here I think you're beautiful
I think you're beautiful, beautiful
Some kind of angel come inside

Come here I think you're beautiful
I think you're beautiful
Some kind of angel come inside

Come here I think you're beautiful
My door is open wide
Some kind of stranger come inside

Come here I think you're beautiful
I think you're beautiful, beautiful
Some kind of stranger come inside

Come here I think you're beautiful
I think you're beautiful
Some kind of stranger come inside

Come here I think you're beautiful
My door is open wide
Some kind of stranger come inside

Come here I think you're beautiful
I think you're beautiful, beautiful
Some kind of stranger come inside



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"Some Kind of Stranger" as written by Gary Marx Andrew Eldritch

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    Song Meaninga beautiful song, and the meaning... read the words.. its about a meaningful relationship gone wrong, the pain loss and grief, trust destroyed.. and the the return to overnight pleasures with strangers to relieve the emptyness and lonelyness without the need for love or attachments that lead ultimately to pain and dissapointment.. its that simple.
    steviesilverson January 24, 2015   Link
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    General Comment"And all I know for sure
    All I know for real
    Is knowing doesn't mean so much
    When placed against the feeling
    The heat inside
    When bodies meet
    When fingers touch "
    A reaction against measuring everything (feelings) in words. Andrew wants to explore the feelings without them being named, and "Because the world is cruel and
    Promises are broken
    Don't try to tell me
    Anything don't try to tell me
    You'll be true to me you know the
    Real truth is never spoken" are lines that show us that very much is fake, unreal, not genuine. It's about here and now, "names are just for souvenirs". In the first verse it is proved that he once had a beautiful lovestory to tell - but words got in the way, and that he now wants the pure thing - to be emotionally fulfilled.
    movitzon April 25, 2003   Link
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    General CommentMovitz, I'm not sure this is such a beautiful love story. "Unknown footsteps", "my door is open wide" and "names are just for souveneirs" seem to suggest a tale of promiscuity.
    vigilanton July 02, 2004   Link
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    General Comment"I'd settle anytime for
    Unknown footsteps in the hall outside."

    Another example, as first mentioned on the sadly-defunct "1959 And All That" website, of how of Eldritch's more openly libidinous songs often seem to reference halls or hallways. See also Ribbons ("Her lovers queued up in the hallways...") and Flood I / II ("Her hallway... moves...").
    Blue_Manon February 22, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIn the beginning verse I do think he's talking about an actual relationship he had.. one that mean something.. but promiscuity got in the way..

    ..the first verse says 'lord i tried to say but i heard a million conversations going where they've been before'... as he was leaving, like he wanted to come clean or go along with the line of 'words got in the way', which usually implies lies or falsehood.. but thinking it useless that would continue but yet another arguement.. so he lingers undecided at the door.. shall he continue or leave?

    so basically the rest of the song would just conform to the dedication to pleasures of flesh, as teh chorus suggest..

    He admits that faithfullness and promises are untrue in his world, but if you 'hold on tight to what you find you might not mind to much' , which is backed up by, " the memories (the ones you get from the ones you love) will last for years.. BUT names are JUST souveiners"

    still reflecting back on the first verse which implies a relationship that meant something, he starts going on, on these people who he's with he really doesn't care for their names, their stories.. and the line 'i can wait a long, long time before i hear another love song' placed at that point and the way he sings it, would suggest to me that these random people he doesn't want details about are just ways to avoid any real relationship again or to deal with real emotions, maybe because of hurt or bitterness.. this is left unknown..

    the way angel is placed at first, it would seem that his door was opened wide looking for some sort of saviour from this to come in..

    ..as the last just state stranger.... it would suggest to me a lost of hope.. and just giving in
    xpsychicheartsxon March 05, 2005   Link
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    General CommentOne of the other band members (can't remember who, too lazy to check!) wrote this as a more traditional love song which Eldritch promptly ruined by making it more about how he "wanted to sleep with every woman in the world."
    The Knaveon May 17, 2005   Link
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    General CommentOh, and I'm pretty sure that "Memories may last for years but/Names are just for souvenirs" is meant to imply that he's more interested in getting freaky than knowing what the person he's getting freaky with is called, since he'll look back on the freak-getting itself and not care what the co-freak getter was called.

    ...it's about bangin' broads!
    The Knaveon May 17, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthe change from "some kind of angel" into "some kind of strange" could a sign on the desperation in the need of love
    rex666on September 25, 2006   Link
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    General Commentwell.. since 80% of all SOM lyrics can be related to amphetamine, i think this is one of the more clear cases.

    As a heavy user, there is a strong love/hate relationship to the drug, and the metaphore's in much of his lyrics speaks for itself:

    "Come here I think you're beautiful
    My door is open wide
    Some kind of stranger/angel come inside"

    "come inside" could be reffering to injecting as he was probably into needle's at some time to: "Under the gun"

    When high on speed, it's a recurring feeling of endless desire towards most anything.. often sexual, but that becomes more clear in other SOM songs.. like "More"

    zinnerzonon February 02, 2010   Link
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    Song MeaningI roughly agree with most of the interpretations. It starts of about a failed relationship, after which he resorts to one night stands - probably on tour. "If it's got a pulse I'll fuck it" the man himself said at around the same time!
    DwarfCowboyon May 02, 2010   Link

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