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Strawberry Letter 23 Lyrics

Hello, my love
I heard a kiss from you
Red magic satin playing near, too

All through the morning rain
I gaze - the sun doesn't shine -
Rainbows and waterfalls run through my mind

In the garden - I see west
Purple shower, bells and tea
Orange birds and river cousins dressed in green

Pretty music I hear - so happy
And loud - blue flower echo
From a cherry cloud

Feel sunshine sparkle pink and blue
Playgrounds will laugh
if you try to ask
Is it cool?, is it cool?

If you arrive and don't see me
I'm going to be with my baby
I am free - flying in her arms, over the sea

Stained window, yellow candy screen
See speakers of kite - with velvet roses diggin' freedom flight

A present from you - Strawberry letter 22
The music plays, I sit in for a few


A present from you - Strawberry letter 22
The music plays, I sit in for a few

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Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
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Mar 26, 2002
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This song is meant to be poetry. It's about young love, which we can almost all relate to. The lyrics are pure genius.

This young man has received a love letter scented of strawberry. There are rose petals inside.

It's raining outside, but he doesn't really care, he is imagining the perfect day. He is euphoric because of the letter: the present from his love. He is in his own world. He is flying high like a kite.

He appreciates the beauty within nature: the beautiful clouds, the colors, the colorful birds and the frogs (orange birds and river cousins dressed in green).

Finally the clouds break and he thinks about going out to be with his friends. Will they laugh at him for being in love? He is not "cool," but he doesn't care because he's in love. His friends will just laugh at him.

In the end, he decides to just stay home listening to the music and looking out his stained window. His window is discolored and there's candy stuck to it. Yet, he is free in his mind and he can soar to any height he wants to go. He is free to be happy.

Now he will hope for the next strawberry letter.

You can't really interpret the lyrics just for the words. The lyrics are meant to evoke a feeling or mood. I just see a person who is feeling peace and happiness. He is in love.


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Written by guitar prodigy Shuggie Otis (real name: Johnny Otis Jr.) at the age of 17. Otis wrote this for his girlfriend, who liked to send him letters written on strawberry scented paper. The song describes the feelings evoked by "Strawberry Letter 22," the title indicating the hopes of another letter.

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I've always loved this song. Wouldn't it be neat to have a guy be so in love with you he'd write you a song that was both romantic and cool? But Suggie Otis had to be on drugs when he wrote it--it's just too phantasmagorical to explain any other way. Suggie's version is much sparer than The Brothers Johnson's, but IMO the brothers got the arrangement just right. Tevin Campbell's cover was never that big, which just goes to show you can't improve on perfection.

Being in love can be phantasmagorical :o)

yeah no shit - hearing colours, seeing feelings. definitely a drug reference here.

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I'm 21, and i never knew the lyrics until tonight. i like the way the lyrics are in this song. it doesn't follow a complete pattern its random. great lyrics really underated song

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ps please don't mention akon right here. thanks.

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This song always makes me feel happy. I think somebody dropped acid and came up with the lyrics. Great song that some people just can't appreciate. One of my favorites!!!

@gumby8 Exactly what I thought when I heard it he was on acid. Just the way he described it, it is a great song.

@gumby8 YES! The song was written about him always getting letters from his girlfriend on strawberry scented paper and when he got #22 he was tripping and saw so much more beauty in everything and could hardly wait for another letter with acid tucked in it! Scotty

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I've always loved this song and the poetic lyrics. I love that it's inspired by strawberry scented love letters. How sweet. Great song to listen to while you're driving.

OMguh!I had this in my head all day today!Very catchy and yes poetic. :)

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oh dude, i've been searching for this song for ages, ever since i heard it on a special k commercial! such a beautiful song, and the story behind it is really sweet.

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I've heard this song being called Strawberry Letter 23. Anybody know anything about it? 22 makes more sense, but you never know. Great song though

The song itself is Strawberry Letter 23, the response he's sending to the letter he received, which was Strawberry Letter 22.

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on my Jackie Brown Soundtrack its called Strawberry Letter 23, I dunno...all I know is it is one sweet song....one of the best on that soundtrack

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