Goodbye Stranger Lyrics - Supertramp

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It was an early morning yesterday
I was up before the dawn
And I really have enjoyed my stay
But I must be moving on

Like a king without a castle
Like a queen without a throne
I'm an early morning lover
And I must be moving on

Now I believe in what you say
Is the undisputed truth
But I have to have things my own way
To keep me in my youth

Like a ship without an achor
Like a slave without a chain
Just the thought of those sweet ladies
Sends a shiver through my veins

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And I will go on shining
Shining like brand new
I'll never look behind me
My troubles will be few

Goodbye stranger it's been nice
Hope you find your paradise
Tried to see your point of view
Hope your dreams will all come true
Goodbye Mary, Goodbye Jane
Will we ever meet again
Feel no sorrow, feel no shame
Come tomorrow, feel no pain

Now some they do and some they don't
And some you just can't tell
And some they will and some they won't
With some it's just as well

You can laugh at my behavior
That'll never bother me
Say the devil is my savior
But I don't pay no heed

And I will go on shining
Shining like brand new
I'll never look behind me
My troubles will be few
Goodbye stranger it's been nice etc...

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Yo Mama | Reviewer: Lemar | 8/9/14

This song is about yo mama. Rick Davies was passing through America on his way to breakfast, when he ran into yo mama and they had a one night stand. Then, she gave birth to yo. So this is his sentimental feeling about how he felt bad that he had to say goodbye to yo mama and yo without even knowing yo. So then he went down and smoked a joint and got all high and forgot about everything...goodbye Mary...goodbye Jane. See, he couldn't even remember yo mama's name right. And then he needed more and he went out and shot up. And he was shiverin, and shinin, but by then he just forgot about everything -- couldn't feel no shame...nothin. And then he went off on his a wanderer...or, a junkie, you know? And then some preacher came and shook him up and said -- you got the devil in you boy! But he didn't care. You know, no problems. No problemo.

Sometimes a song is just. . .a song | Reviewer: Dafixer | 3/7/13

I have always loved this album, the songs were - at the time it was about albums and cassettes - unique. As for all of this "deeper meaning of the deeper meaning" why does it matter? It's just a song, a well produced, well arranged, well sung song. Hookers? Weed? WTF? It's just a song. Jeez.

goodbye stranger | Reviewer: Anonymous | 1/10/13

Regardless of what anybody else says or writes, I still like all of Supertamp's music. If you can't handle the vocals, then try listening to opera, or some of that Motown b.s. from the '60s. Classic rock music, with all of its innovative forms, will still be listened to long after all the rappers have been discovered to be the misogynists that they are. Jimi Hendricks and Chuck Berry were on the right path. (Of course, someone will point out that 'Hey Joe' was not a song about a man who idolized his woman, but at least you could understand the lyrics enough to grasp his reasons.) All this stuff being produced today is about nothing but hate. It has no musical qualities at all. Tribal beats will go the way of Gregorian chants.

Don't be so deep.... | Reviewer: STTOS | 6/5/12

The song is simply about a guy who visits a couple of hookers and is saying bye the next morning. I've read where people thing that mary and jane refer to pot. Now while the name maryjane is a euphemism for pot, that is not what is meant. Since the song is about hookers, mary and jane are the fake names they would choose since they are so plain and simple. And before anyone says that hookers are usually named crystal or felicity or ambrosia, try coming up with a rhyme for those names and let me know how you do.

Why do people feel that all songs have to have such a deep meaning? The album Breakfast In America is about Supertramp's view of culture in the US and the song Goodbye Stranger is simply a song in line with this idea. The song is about a guy parting ways with a couple of hookers with whom he presumably spent the night and the girls are saying goodbye and wishing him well. Most men who visit hookers must have something missing in their life so the girls say they hope he finds his “paradise”, which shouldn’t be taken literally. Something that is paradise to one person can mean nothing to another. It can simply be whatever makes you happy. I've read where people thing that the girls’ names of Mary and Jane refer to pot, and while the name MaryJane is a euphemism for pot, that is not what is meant here. Since the song is about hookers, Mary and Jane are the false names girls who enter this profession might choose since the names are so plain and simple. And before anyone says that hookers are usually named Crystal or Felicity or Ambrosia, try coming up with a rhyme for those names and let me know how you do. It’s a simple fun song, just enjoy it and let’s not go looking for anything more.

Lost Paradise | Reviewer: Gaederian Swine | 3/5/12

The references to early morning light, the King w/o castle,finding a lost paradise,
the general lyrics about being unfettered and without fixed destination. I believe he is singing in the role of Lucifer, giving his perpective on his existence.

what it feels like | Reviewer: Anonymous | 12/4/11

you think that to sing like a girl is degrading, because you think that being a girl is degrading. secretly, you'd love to know what it's like.. wouldn't you? what it feels like.. for a girl.. Bob?

What's funny about falsetto? | Reviewer: Kelly | 9/27/10

If you're going to make stupid, immature comments, at least make them about something you have a clue about. All men have falsetto, and if you're a man, BOB, you should know that. Some of the most famous singers in the world sang regularly in falsetto (i.e. Frankie Valle). I, personally, really like this song.

bob | Reviewer: Anonymous | 7/14/10

this song is very good, i love it and listen to it all day just the beat of the song makes me feel good cause its sounds happy, but when i first started listening to the song i thought the vocals were funny too, although i do think theyre very good, the high pitch isnt what i thought was funny it was the singing while the backround chorus was happening that made me laugh, dont get me wrong its one of my favorite songs, it just makes me giggle occasionally.
supertramp is amazing

Interesting | Reviewer: Anonymous | 12/4/09

This song is really good. I've lisened to Oldies, and when they have a falsetto sing, the sound is different. That makes me think that he isn't a falsetto, but can just sing high. It works really well for this song.

Fantastic | Reviewer: Robert | 11/16/09

Many singers sing in falsetto actually, and they singing doesn't song like a women when you understand that style of singing. It's really hard to do.
I love Supertramp. Check out their older stuff too, (Crime of the Century album, Indelibly Stamped, Supertramp 1970 debut album)

Get A Clue | Reviewer: Anonymous | 9/30/09

Honestly, I don't understand how anyone can find humor in this song? I'm with Mitchell, just because their voice is different doesn't mean that their contribution to music has been nothing short of brilliance. People who don't understand and actually listen to the music piss me off, thank you:)

Goodbye Stranger | Reviewer: (: | 9/26/09

I like this song.:)
I dont care what "Bob" thinks of the chorus or singer really.:) he spent the time to look up the lyrics and comment. so obviously....he likes it and just wont admit it:) haaah:)

awesome | Reviewer: Anonymous | 8/26/09

love supertramp!!!!!!!!!
this and the logical song are awesome i listen to them all day
dont consider myself a hardcore fan but i like the music...
o and bob if u r gonna mock the high voice in this song then u prbly havent hear a multi billionaire Jon bon jovi

Retard. | Reviewer: Poker | 3/16/09

yea, i wanna see that guy hit that note. ur just a sissy. and u can't say anything good about urself, and u don't wanna say all the bad things about u. so u say it about others. and that sounds nothing like a girl.

Morons. | Reviewer: Mitchell | 11/20/08

Rick Davies and Roger Hodgson are both extraordinary singers. It's comical how you are making fun of the song, yet found interest enough to look up the lyrics. Don't harass these great singers because they aren't "the norm". Get over it.

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