LAURIE ANDERSON lyrics - The Stranger

LAURIE ANDERSON
"The Stranger"

A stranger came into our town at twilight.
He said he had chosen our town out of all the other towns.
He said, "Roll out the red carpet."
He said, "I'm the one you have been waiting for."
He said, "I've come to serve you-no questions asked. So let's make a deal."
He said, "So put her here. Let's shake on it. Give me five."
He said, "I've got a five-year plan. And we mean business. So put her here. Let's shake on it."

It's the one with the pool.
It's the one on the corner with the big garage.
It's the one with the fir tree in the front yard.
Leave the lights on. It's twilight.

Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not see the log that is in your own eye?
Or how can you say to your brother, "Brother let me take out the speck that is in your eye," when you yourself do not see the log that is in your own eye.
You hypocrite! First take the log out of your own eye and then you will see clearly to take out the speck that is in your brother's eye.

United States Live (1984)