From the recording The Days of Convenience

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Lyrics

Stranger In The Homeland

I met a woman on the road to Aberdeen, somewhat like me
A stranger in the homeland
We spent some time but with somewhere else to go, she the first to know
A stranger in the homeland

I met a man on the way to Inverness, like me just a guest
And a stranger in the homeland
We had a drink, then I went off alone, just wandering the roads
A stranger in the homeland

Can you go home again
Can you go home again
I saw him in his coffee shop
That vacant stare, that denture grin, his hands shakin’ everywhere
Old people just the same, waitin’ for conversation from a stranger
They travelled far, they travelled wide
Left us half-alive here on this other side
One foot here, one foot there, always a stranger

I watched a young boy leave from Glasgow Central Station
I remember his frustration, you’re a stranger now too
He talked so much about goin’ back some day
So many little ways he was a stranger now too

Can you go home again
Can you go home again
I saw him in his coffee shop
That vacant stare, that denture grin, his hands shakin’ everywhere
Old people just the same, lookin’ for conversation from a stranger
They travelled far, they travelled wide
Left us half-alive here on this other side
One foot here, one foot there, always a stranger

I took a taxi down Old Easter Road
And the driver seemed to know
Said, you’re a stranger…


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words and music JCJ