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Leon Russell – Stranger In A Strange Land lyrics

How many days has it been
Since I was born?
How many days
'Til I die?

Do I know any ways
I can make you laugh?
Or do I only know how
To make you cry?

When the baby looks around him
It's such a sight to see
He shares a simple secret
With the wise man

He's a stranger
In a strange land
Just a stranger
In a strange land
Tell me why?

He's a stranger
In a strange land
Just a stranger
In a strange land

How many miles will it take
To see the sun?
And how many years
'Til it's done?

Kiss my confusion
Away in the night
Lay by side
When the morning comes

And the baby looks around him
And shares his bed of hay
With the burro
In the palace of the king

He's a stranger
In a strange land
Tell me why?

He's a stranger
In a strange land
Just a stranger
In a strange land
Just a stranger
In a strange land

Well, I don't exactly know
What's going on in the world today
Don't know what there is to say
About the way the people are treating
Each other, not like brothers

Leaders take us far
Away from ecology
With mythology
And astrology

Has got some words to say
About the way we live today
Why can't we learn
To love each other

It's time to turn a new face
To the whole world
Wide human race

Stop the money chase
Lay back, relax
Get back on the human track
Stop racing toward oblivion

Oh, such a sad
Sad state we're in
And that's a thing

Do you recognize the bells of truth
When you hear them ring?
Won't you stop and listen
To the children sing?
Won't you come on and sing it children?

Stranger in a strange land
Stranger in a strange land
Stranger in a strange land
Stranger in a strange land
Stranger in a strange land



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    John Gary Messer
    The title comes from the I-Ching, hexagram # 56 "The Wanderer". The image for this hexagram is a fire on top of a mountain, which also provided the title and song by the same name by The Grateful Dead. This hexagram has been a major theme of my life since 1977 when my life turned increasingly nomadic and it has remained so ever since. I have always heard Leon's lyrics as my own truth accurately expressed in that from the age of five, when I first saw footage pf a "A" bomb, that we were in deep trouble. It seemed as if every dream I can remember ended either with a mushroom cloud, or with a bomb in slow mo' coming to almost touch the ground, at which point I would wake up, frightened. When Leon first sang this I looked a lot like him without knowing of him at the time. Ever since he feels like a very close brother in spirit, and I carry him deep I my heart. So Pleased to see him recognized now. Don't need no stinking karma points, FYI. Namaste.
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