A Stranger In TownWords & Music by Mel Torme
Recorded by Mel Torme, 1954 (Released 1992)*
A A9 A A9 A AM7 A7 Just ar - rived on the sev - en - ten, D6 Dalt Dmalt Dm6 Bm7-5 Thought I'd see the old gang a - gain, A A9 A C#m7 C#m7-5 F#7 But you know how they come and go -- D6 F7 E7 D E7 I'm just a strang - er in town. A A9 A A9 A AM7 A7 Ev'- ry - where, ev'- ry - one I see D6 Dalt Dmalt Dm6 Bm7-5 Seems to won - der who I can be; A A9 A C#m7 C#m7-5 F#7 And I swear, no one seems to care D9 Fdim A About a strang - er in town. Bridge 1: AM7 C#m7 G#7 A7 F#7 I saw a cottage on a lonely old street, C#m7 C#m7-5 F#7 The weeds have grown 'round the gate; AM7 C#m7 G#7 A7 F#7 Somehow I felt that you would wait here, my sweet; D6 Bm7-5 E7 But it looks like I'm too late. A A9 A A9 A AM7 A7 Guess I'll leave on the twelve - oh - two, D6 Dalt Dmalt Dm6 Bm7-5 Can't be - lieve that there's no more you; A A9 A AM7/9 C#m7-5 F#7 Is there noth - ing for me? Will I al - ways be D9 D6 E7 E7/6 A A stranger in my own home town. Bridge 2: AM7 C#m7 G#7 A7 F#7 I asked around by no one knew you by name; C#m7 C#m7-5 F#7 I wonder where you are now? AM7 C#m7 G#7 A7 F#7 I always hoped that things would be just the same, D6 Bm7-5 E7 And that you'd wait for me somehow. A A9 A A9 A AM7 A7 Guess I'll leave on the twelve - oh - two D6 Dalt Dmalt Dm6 Bm7-5 Now that you have found some - one new; A A9 A AM7/9 C#m7-5 F#7 Is there noth - ing for me? Will I al - ways be D9 D6 E7 C#m7-5 F#7 A strang - er in my own home town? Coda: D6 Bm7-5 AM7 F#7 It hurts to be a - lone with no one of your own D6 Bm7-5 E7/6 Fdim AM7 When you're a strang - er in your own home town.
*Odd attribution, eh? Torme recorded this live in a nightclub performance in 1954, but the track was never released until 1992 - even though other performers did record it in the interim. My thanks to Don H., a piano bar protégé, for doing the song and bringing it to my attention, then loaning me the CD from which I could transcribe.