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Stranger In A Strange Land Lyrics

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"Stranger In A Strange Land"

"Our sleeping bags were wet from the condensation, because it was freezing outside and it was wet inside. We were sleeping. There was all this noise and shouting. 'Open the back of the van! Open the back!' Paul was trying to explain to [the East German guards] in English and they were poking rifles around. 'What are you smuggling? Open the van!' And they opened the back of the van and there's a rock band asleep. The officers made us get out, which we were not happy about. I remember just looking at these border guards and realizing they were the same age as us, but with short cropped hair..." - Bono, U2 By U2 2006

Stranger, stranger in a strange land
He looked at me like I was the one who should run
We asked him to smile for a photograph
Waited a while to see if we could make him laugh
The soldier asked for a cigarette
His smiling face I can't forget
He looked at me across the street

But that's a long way here
Oh, and I wish you were here
Oh, and I wish you were here

Stranger, stranger in a strange land
He looked at me like I was the one who should run
I watched as he watched us get back on the bus
I watched the way it was
The way it was when he was with us
And I really don't mind sleeping on the floor
But I couldn't sleep after what I saw
I wrote this letter to tell you the way I feel

Oh I wish you were here
Oh I wish you were here
To see what I could see
To hear
And I wish you were here

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