the stranger.

Well we all have a face
That we hide away forever
And we take them out and show ourselves
When everyone has gone
Some are satin some are steel
Some are silk and some are leather
They’re the faces of the stranger
But we love to try them on
Well, we all fall in love
But we disregard the danger
Though we share so many secrets
There are some we never tell
Why were you so surprised
That you never saw the stranger
Did you ever let your lover see
The stranger in yourself?
Don’t be afraid to try again
Everyone goes south
Every now and then
You’ve done it, why can’t someone else?
You should know by now
You’ve been there yourself

Once I used to believe
I was such a great romancer
Then I came home to a woman
That I could not recognize
When I pressed her for a reason
She refused to even answer
It was then I felt the stranger
Kick me right between the eyes

Well, we all fall in love
But we disregard the danger
Though we share so many secrets
There are some we never tell
Why were you so surprised
That you never saw the stranger
Did you ever let your lover see
The stranger in yourself?

Don’t be afraid to try again
Everyone goes south
Every now and then
You’ve done it why can’t someone else?
You should know by now
You’ve been there yourself

You may never understand
How the stranger is inspired
But he isn’t always evil
And he isn’t always wrong
Though you drown in good intentions
You will never quench the fire
You’ll give in to your desire
When the stranger comes along.

These are the lyrics to Billy Joel’s song “The Stranger,” which is eerily excellent. Today I’ve been on a binge of half “Miami 2017” and half “The Entertainer,” but last week I couldn’t stop listening to “The Stranger.”
I think this song has a lot to say about some of the things I’m trying to address in that novel I’ve been working on, if slowly. I don’t really want to say why because of spoilery things, but suffice it to say this book deals with people changing (in various ways) and how the ones who love them or try to deal with all of that. Which I find quite interesting, and this song – AH. It was then I felt the stranger kick me right between the eyes. That’d be an awesome line to use in the book, really.
Okay, there you go. I’m out.
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