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Stranger Song  Emmylou Harris

[F#m]    [E]  [Esus]     [F#m]                          
It[D]'s true that all the me[G]n you kn[D]ew were dea[A]lers
Who [Asus]said they were [A]through with [E]dealing
Every time you gave them s[F#m]helter
I [E]know that kind of man
It's hard to [F#m]hold the hand of anyone
Who is [E]reaching for the sky just to [F#m]surrender,
Who is [E]reaching for the sky just to [F#m]surren[E]de[Esus]r.    [F#m]
[D]And  sweeping up the [G]jokers [D]that he [A]left behind
You [Asus]find he [A]did not [E]leave you very much
Not even [F#m]laughter
[E]Like any dealer he was watching [F#m]for the card
That is so high and [E]wild
He'll never need to deal [F#m]another
[E]He was just some Joseph looking for a [F#m]manger
He was [E]just some Joseph looking for a [F#m]manger[E]   [Esus]     [F#m]
And then [D]leaning on your [G]window [D]sill
[A]He'll say one day you [Asus]caused his [A]will
[E]To weaken with your love and warmth and [F#m]shelter
[E]And  taking from his wallet
An old [F#m]schedule of trains, he'll say
[E]I told you when I came I was a s[F#m]tranger
I [E]told you when I came I was a [F#m]strange[E]r  [Esus]     [F#m]
But [D]now another s[G]tranger s[D]eems
To [A]want you to [Asus]ignore his [A]dreams
As [E]though they were the burden of some [F#m]other
[E]O you've seen that man before
His golden [F#m]arm dispatching cards
But now it's [E]rusted from the elbows to the [F#m]finger
And he [E]wants to trade the game he plays for [F#m]shelter
Yes he [E]wants to trade the game he knows for [F#m]shelt[E]er[Esus].    [F#m]
I [D]hate to watch a[G]nother [D]tired [A]man
Lay[Asus] down his [A]hand
Like he was [E]giving up the holy game of [F#n]poker
And [E]while he talks his dreams to sleep
You [F#m]notice there's a highway
That is [E]curling up like smoke above his [F#m]shoulder.
It is [E]curling just like smoke above his s[F#m]houlder.
You [D]tell him to [G]come in [D]sit down
[A]But something [Asus]makes [A]you turn a[E]round
The [E]door is open you can't close your [F#m]shelter
You try the [E]handle of the road
It [F#m]opens do not be afraid
It's [E]you my love, you who are the [F#m]stranger
It's [E]you my love, you who are the [F#m]strange[E]r. [Esus]      [F#m]
[D]Well, I've been waiting, [G]I was [D]sure
We'd [A]meet between the [Asus]trains we're [A]waiting for
[E]I think it's time to board [F#m]another
Please [E]understand, I never had a [F#m]secret chart
To get me to the [E]heart of this
Or any other [F#m]matter
When he [E]talks like this
You don't know what he's [F#m]after
When he [E]speaks like this,
You don't care what he's [F#m]afte[E]r.[Esus]      [F#m]
[D]Let's meet tomorrow i[G]f you [D]choose
[A]Upon the shore, [Asus]beneath [A]the bridge
[E]that they are building on some endless r[F#m]iver
Then he [E]leaves the platform
For the sleeping [F#m]car that's warm
You realize, he's [E]only advertising one more [F#m]shelter
And it [E]comes to you, he never was a [F#m]stranger
And you [E]say ok the bridge or someplace l[F#m]ater.[E]   [Esus]      [F#m]
And then [D]sweeping up the [G]jokers [D]that he [A]left behind
You [Asus]find [A]he did not l[E]eave you very much
Not even [F#m]laughter
[E]Like any dealer he was watching [F#m]for the card
That is so high and [E]wild
He'll never need to deal [F#m]another
[E]He was just some Joseph looking for a [F#m]manger
He was [E]just some Joseph looking for a [F#m]manger[E]   [Esus]     [F#m]
From http://www.liveconcerts.com/
KCRW 4/9/97


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