"I Never Talk to Strangers" as written by and Tom Waits....
Bartender, I'd like a Manhattan please

Stop me if you've heard this one
But I feel as though we've met before
Perhaps I am mistaken
But it's just that I remind you of
Someone you used to care about
Oh, but that was long ago
Now tell me, do you really think I'd fall for that old line
I was not born just yesterday
Besides, I never talk to strangers anyway

Hell, I ain't a bad guy when you get to know me
I just thought there ain't no harm
Hey, yeah, just try minding your own business, bud
Who asked you to annoy me
With your sad, sad repartee?
Besides I never talk to strangers anyway

Your life's a dime-store novel
This town is full of guys like you
And you're looking for someone to take the place of her
You must be reading my mail
And you're bitter 'cause he left you
That's why you're drinkin' in this bar
Well, only suckers fall in love with perfect strangers

It always takes one to know one, stranger
Maybe we're just wiser now
Yeah, and been around that block so many times
That we don't notice
That we're all just perfect strangers
As long as we ignore
That we all begin as strangers
Just before we find
We really aren't strangers anymore

Aw, you don't look like such a chump (aw, hey baby)

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"I Never Talk to Strangers" as written by Thomas Alan Waits

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    General CommentI love the last verse in this song.
    mrxfredxon August 11, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThis seems kinda like a weirded-out pixar movie! You know, kind of corny, with a message, happy ending...
    modestmooseon May 07, 2012   Link
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    General CommentAnd ain't that some of the best dueting ever?

    Thumbs up for Tom and Bette.
    LuckyTownon September 20, 2014   Link
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    General CommentThere's a real sadness to this song. You set the scene by imagining a lonely Tom Waits propping up a in a bar somewhere in Midtown, Manhattan. He's on his 4th scotch and in walks the gorgeous busty flame haired Bette Midler.

    Tom is smitten by her beauty straight away and thanks to the dutch courage of the whiskey, takes his heart in his hands and plucks up the courage to talk to her......The rest is Chronicled in the lyrics. She agrees to go on a date sometime and they exchange phone numbers but it doesn't work out and three years later he marries Kathleen Brennan and the rest is history.
    BarnabyHugheson October 30, 2015   Link

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