Billy Joel - The Stranger Lyrics

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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 a stranger
But we'd 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 is not 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
Track Listing
12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 Movin’ Out (Anthony’s Song)
  • 2 The Stranger
  • 3 Just the Way You Are
  • 4 Scenes From an Italian Restaurant
  • 5 Vienna
  • 6 Only the Good Die Young
  • 7 She’s Always a Woman
  • 8 Get It Right the First Time
  • 9 Everybody Has a Dream
  • 10 The Stranger (reprise)


  • Credits
    publisher: ©Universal Music Publishing Group
    writers: Billy Joel
    album: Track 2 in album The Stranger
    release date: 1977-9
    popularity : 197 users have visited this page.
    length: 5:11
    producer: Phil Ramone
    engineer: Jim Boyer and Phil Ramone
    percussion: Ralph MacDonald
    lyricist: Billy Joel
    composer: Billy Joel
    Album Information
    label: Columbia
    country(area): United States
    format: 12" Vinyl
    script: Latin