Who Sang I Never Talk to Strangers? Tom Waits

Tom Waits Foreign Affairs cover art
writers: Thomas Alan Waits
release date: 1977-9
genres: Jazz Rock Blues
styles: Blues Rock/Vocal
length: 3:39
producer: Dayton “Bones” Howe
sound engineer: Dayton “Bones” Howe
assistant engineer: Geoff Howe
vocal: Tom Waits and Bette Midler
conductor: Bob Alcivar
performer: Bette Midler
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

12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 Cinny's Waltz
  • 2 Muriel
  • 3 I Never Talk to Strangers
  • 4 Medley: Jack & Neal / California, Here I Come
  • 5 A Sight for Sore Eyes
  • 6 Potter's Field
  • 7 Burma-Shave
  • 8 Barber Shop
  • 9 Foreign Affair

  • Album Information
    label: Asylum Records
    country(area): United States
    format: 12" Vinyl
    script: Latin