Stranger Than the Stranger On the Shore 
      Acid casualties and angry young men 
      The litmus test of a guitar and pen 
      Revolve around date sheets lost lonely rooms 
      And this is my home and I will leave soon 
      For a house with a tower 
      Where there's visiting hours 
      And the day leaves its taste on a spoon 

      The black eye of the camera bruised by my blush 
      Leaves another chin and another hair cut 
      The image in focus the shot aims to kill 
      And I'm cropped at the waist as I run through the mill 
      So I'm lost for an encore 
      The kodachrome wants more 
      Now I'm snapped with my head in the still 

      The contract's been signed with a stroke of my blood 
      I'm drowned by the name that sinks in the mud 
      Thrown from emotion to swim back to the shore 
      Where the sound of a drum beats time to applause 
      Now my life's in danger 
      Of ending up stranger 
      Than the stranger who walked on the shore 

      Stranger than the stranger 
      Who walks by my bed 
      Shares in my life 
      Lives although dead 
      Stranger than the stranger I am sure 
      Stranger than the stranger on the shore

      (c) 1982 Illegal Songs (BMI)

  • FROM THE ALBUM: Sweets From a Stranger.