HEY STRANGER

from EASY LIFE by CHRIS BUTLER

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HEY STRANGER

she dives her submarine downtown
and docks it at the door of the Buddha Lounge
a little over-dressed for noise and smoke
cocktails, politics and dirty jokes

who's she? "you know me," she said
five or six of us just scratch our heads
strangers in here can be dangerous
the crazy thing is...i know she knows us

she makes a table for one feel crowded

hey stranger, hey stranger

i hear a 100 opinions
strictly local talent, no a pro
we can spot a fake a mile away
she could be my muse, you never know

shut up, your logic's all rusted
can't you hear the jazz time in her talk?
nobody ever hears the catch
if everybody's eager to be caught

why don't ya just dive back in your drinks?
didn't swimming in the dark teach you anything?

hey stranger, hey stranger

that woman's every loser's pearl
she's every blind boy's seeing-eye girl
our lady of the down and outs
anyway, the buddha's now in doubt

ice rattles in a drink, someone coughs
local anesthetic wearing off?
"i'm yours," she said. i said "no you're not."
"i'll stick with the maybe i maybe got"
"you're too late. i don't need you now"
"you're just someone i once dreamed about"
she said "whatcha got if you don't have me?"
i said "Buddha always dug a mystery."

but tell me who chipped out this trail?
it's either run around in circles and chase your tail
or sleep with this dragon on a bed of nails.

hey stranger, hey stranger
hey stranger, hey stranger

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from EASY LIFE, released March 29, 2014
Mixed by Fred Smith at Fred’s apartment, Carla Murray = backing vocals.

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CHRIS BUTLER Akron, Ohio

CHRIS BUTLER
Seminal New Waver from Northeastern Ohio. Member of Akron, Ohio’s Tin Huey in late ‘70’s. Songwriter/producer/guitarist for all Waitresses songs (including “I Know What Boys Like”, the “Square Pegs” TV show theme and “Christmas Wrapping”) in the early ‘80’s. Never stopped writing and recording. ... more

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