Countryklassieker du jour: Rank Stranger

Een klassiek staaltje country-gospel. De song werd geschreven door Albert Brumley, die ook verantwoordelijk was voor ‘Turn Your Radio On’ en ‘He Set Me Free’ van de Louvin Brothers. ‘Rank’ betekent hier ‘compleet’ of ‘absoluut’.

I wandered again to my home in the mountain
Where youths early dawn, I was happy an’ free
I looked for my friends but never could find them
I found they were all, rank strangers to me

Everybody I met, seemed to be a rank stranger
No Mother or Dad, not a friend could I see
They knew not my name, I knew not their faces
I found they were all rank strangers to me

I searched every face for a sign of a loved one
I asked everyone, where th old folks could be
I went down th road, inquired for some neighbors
But I found they were all rank strangers to me

They’ve all moved away, said the voice of a stranger
To a beautiful home, by the bright crystal sea
Some beautiful day, I’ll meet them in Heaven
Where no one will be a stranger to me