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Leonard Cohen - The Stranger Song Chords
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Leonard Cohen - The Stranger Song



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Intro:
Em

       C                Bb       C        G     
It's true that all the men you knew were dealers
                                 D     
Who said they were through with dealing
                           Em   
Every time you gave them shelter
    D                  
I know that kind of man
              Em                    
It's hard to hold the hand of anyone
        D                               Em   
Who is reaching for the sky just to surrender
        D                               Em   
Who is reaching for the sky just to surrender

           C              Bb      C      G         
And then sweeping up the jokers that he left behind
                      D                
You find he did not leave you very much
          Em     
Not even laughter
     D                           Em         
Like any dealer he was watching for the card
                     D  
That is so high and wild
                           Em   
He'll never need to deal another
        D                              Em   
He was just some Joseph looking for a manger
        D                              Em   
He was just some Joseph looking for a manger

          C               Bb     C  
And then leaning on your window sill
       G                             
He'll say one day you caused his will
    D                                     Em   
To weaken with your love and warmth and shelter
          D                    
And then taking from his wallet
          Em                        
An old schedule of trains, he'll say
   D                              Em   
I told you when I came I was a stranger
   D                              Em   
I told you when I came I was a stranger

     C             Bb     C   
But now another stranger seems
    G                           
To want you to ignore his dreams
     D                                 Em   
As though they were the burden of some other
          D                  
O you've seen that man before

           Em                   
His golden arm dispatching cards
              D                            Em   
But now it's rusted from the elbow to the finger
        D                                     Em   
And he wants to trade the game he plays for shelter
        D                                     Em   
Yes he wants to trade the game he knows for shelter

        C              Bb     C     G 
Ah you hate to watch another tired man
              G  
Lay down his hand
             D                          Em  
Like he was giving up the holy game of poker
      D                               
And while he talks his dreams to sleep
     Em                     
You notice there's a highway
         D                                Em    
That is curling up like smoke above his shoulder
      D                                  Em    
It's curling just like smoke above his shoulder

     C               Bb      C  
You tell him to come in sit down
     G                             
But something makes you turn around
     D                                  Em   
The door is open you can't close your shelter
      D                       
You try the handle of the road
   Em                    
It opens do not be afraid
       D                             Em   
It's you my love, you who are the stranger
       D                             Em   
It's you my love, you who are the stranger

      C                  Bb     C  
Well, I've been waiting, I was sure
      G                                     D 
We'd meet between the trains we're waiting for
                             Em   
I think it's time to board another
       D                          Em         
Please understand, I never had a secret chart
                  D           
To get me to the heart of this
              Em   
Or any other matter
         D                                       Em   
When he talks like this you don't know what he's after
          D                                        Em   
When he speaks like this, you don't know what he's after

       C            Bb       C   
Let's meet tomorrow if you choose
  G                               
Upon the shore, beneath the bridge
       D                                Em  
That they are building on some endless river
         D                 
Then he leaves the platform

                  Em            
For the sleeping car that's warm
                  D                          Em   
You realize, he's only advertising on more shelter
        D                              Em   
And it comes to you, he never was a stranger
         D                                Em  
And you say okay the bridge or someplace later


And then sweeping up the jokers that he left behind...

And leaning on your window sill...
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