Strangers When We Meet

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About Strangers When We Meet

"Strangers When We Meet" is a song by David Bowie, originally recorded for his 1993 album The Buddha of Suburbia. In 1995, Bowie re-recorded the song for his Outside album, and this version was edited and released as a single, paired with a reworked version of Bowie’s 1970 “The Man Who Sold the World”. While the new version of “The Man Who Sold the World” was billed as a "live version", it was actually a studio-recorded track, based on a reworked version of the song performed on the Outside Tour, and mixed by Brian Eno. Samuel Bayer’s video for the song shared some visual similarities with that for “The Hearts Filthy Lesson”, but was a more simple and placid affair set in a decaying artist's studio. Despite a live performance on Top of the Pops, the double A-side entered the UK charts at No. 39 before dropping away. 


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All our friends 
Now seem so thin and frail
Slinky secrets 
Hotter than the sun

No peachy frairs 
No trendy rechauffe
I'm with you 
So I can't go on

All my violence raining tears upon the sheets
I'm bewildered, for we're strangers when we meet

Blank screen tv 
Preening ourselves in the snow
Forget my name 
But I'm over you

Blended sunrise
And it's a dying world
Humming Rheingold 
We scavenge up our clothes

All my violence, raging tears upon the sheets
I'm resentful, for we're strangers when we meet

Cold tired fingers 
Tapping out your memories
Halfway sadness 
Dazzled by the new

Your embrace 
It was all that I feared
That whirling room 
We trade by vendu

Steely resolve is falling from me
My poor soul, poor bruised passivity
All your regrets ran rough-shod over me
I'm so glad that we're strangers when we meet

I'm so thankful, cause we're strangers when we meet.
I'm in clover, for we're strangers when we meet.
Heel head over, cause we're strangers when we meet.

Strangers when we meet. (x9)

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David Bowie

David Robert Jones (8 January 1947 - 10 January 2016), known by his stage name David Bowie ( /ˈboʊ.i/ BOH-ee), was an English musician, actor, record producer and arranger. A major figure for over four decades in the world of popular music, Bowie is widely regarded as an innovator, particularly for his work in the 1970s. He is known for his distinctive voice as well as the intellectual depth and considerable eclecticism of his work. more »

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