Talk To Strangers

from by Phil Mills

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I was impressed by the ability of a couple of “Firefly” characters to avoid saying what they wanted to.

lyrics

A bar on some backwater world, with time and space to rest
I could be inclined to get my trouble off my chest.
Across the room you're laughing with a rich man, someone new.
When you talk to strangers, is it easier for you?

Chorus:
I talk to strangers, don't worry what they think of me.
I talk to strangers, care little of the man they see
But I wonder 'bout your hopes and dreams, the ones you'd have come true.
I talk to strangers; I never talk to you.

Two who stand on watch may speak of home as they prepare,
Of family remembered and of loves forgot, then swear
The only sound they heard, if both should make it until light,
Was something wild and hopeless out there, howling at the night.

[Chorus]

There's men who'd shoot me dead on sight, I've told about my fears
For I can lie to strangers, say what they want to hear.
With two of us together, cramped inside this cozy spot,
I try to be professional while hoping that you're...not.
I feel some kind of comfort acting gruff;
You and I weren't strangers long enough.

[Chorus]

But I wonder 'bout your hopes and dreams, what you'd do if you were free
And I notice, sometimes strangers talk to me.

credits

from Mix Until Absurd, released July 1, 2014
Phil Mills – lead vocal, acoustic guitar
Amy McNally – fiddle

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Phil Mills Toronto, Ontario

Phil Mills writes songs of science fiction and fantasy fandom: filk.

He released the CD "Rain on the Sand" in 2009, containing all original material, mixing funny and serious treatments. That approach has continued, as does his writing.

He has become an avid promoter of the FAWM and 50/90 online song-writing communities, using those as inspiration sources for yet more songs.
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