Rank Strangers

As sung by The Reece Sisters
on Radio and TV in early 1960's.

I wandered again to my home in the mountains,
Where as a young girl I was happy and free.
I looked for my friends but I never could find them.
I found they were all rank strangers to me.
(rank strangers to me.)

Chorus:

Everybody I met  (Everybody I met)
seemed to be a rank stranger.
(seemed to be a rank stranger.)
No mother or dad  (No mother or dad)
not a friend could I see,  (not a friend could I see,)
They knew not my name  (They knew not my name)
and I knew not their faces;  (and I knew not their faces;)
I found they were all  (I found they were all)
rank strangers to me.  (rank strangers to me.)

They've moved all 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.
(a stranger to me.)

Author: Albert E. Brumley
WMA
MP3
Version Below is as sung by
The Ricky Skaggs - with guitar chords


Rank Strangers

Written by Alfred E. Brumley, Sr.
[3/4 or waltz time]

C                                         G7               C          
I wandered again to my home in the mountains,
                                                 D7              G7    
Where in youth's early dawn I was happy and free.   
               C                    G7                    C          
I looked for my friends but I never could find them;
                                   G7                 C  
I found they were all rank strangers to me.


Chorus:

Everybody I met (everybody I met)
        F               C                                        
Seemed to be a rank stranger (seemed to be a rank stranger);

No mother or dad (no mother or dad)
D7                 G7              D7                   G7     
Not a friend could I see (not a friend could I see).
                       C                             
They knew not my name (they knew not my name)
G7                    C                                   
And I knew not their faces (and I knew not their faces).

I found they were all (I found they were all)
G7                 C             F                   C    
Rank strangers to me (rank strangers to me).


2nd Verse...

C                                                       G7              C
They've all moved away, said the voice of a stranger,
                                    D7                   G7
To a beautiful home by the bright crystal sea.
                C          G7                   C
Some beautiful day I'll meet them in heaven,
                             G7               C
Where no one will be a stranger to me.

(Repeat Chorus...)


Author: Albert E. Brumley, Sr.
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