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Hank Thompson
"Total Strangers" lyrics

Total Strangers

Now I was down upon my luck
And the jobs were hard to find
I was sort of short on cash
And my bills were way behind

So I went to see my life long friend
An old man now by trade
I figured it's how he had help me out
With his fortune he had made

I said, "Old pal, I need your help
I hate to be so bold
But remember when I saved your life
Down at the swimming hole?

Now I'd like to ask a favor
If you can see your way
I'd like to have a little loan"
And then I heard him say

"Excuse me, total stranger
I can't seem to recall
Are you absolutely certain
That we've ever met at all?

I'd really like to help you out"
As he opened wide the door
"So long, total stranger
That I've never seen before"

Now once I had a girlfriend
Who really caught my eye
And when the wife was out of town
Well, I'd court her on the sly

We'd taken all the nightclubs
And honky tonk around
Join at all the parties
And really do the town

But then one night
My wife came home
She must have smelled a rat
She looked around
From place to place
And found where I was at

Well, there we were all cuddled up
I knew that I was dead
But before my wife could say a word
I jumped right up and said

"She's just a total stranger
Who came in off the street
The place is kinda crowded
So I offered her a seat

Now, I couldn't leave this lady
Just a standing on the floor
She's just a total stranger
That I've never seen before"

My friend said, "Let's go hunting
I've got the gun and shells
The birds are really flying
And I think we'll do quite well"

He killed a half a dozen
Then said, "I supposed
I really ought to tell you
That the hunting season's closed"

About that time he heard a noise
And he ducked behind a tree
He took the gun
Shells and birds
And gave them all to me

Up stepped the old game warden
And found me standing there
Before I had a chance to talk
I heard my friend declare

"He's just a total stranger
And I was passing by
I saw this total stranger
Shoot those birds out of the sky

It's a shame the way some people
The laws they do ignore
Like this total stranger
That I've never seen before"

Authors: Hank Thompson