Broken Hearted Stranger

from by Colin McGrath

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One summer back in the early nineties Colin and I worked on a farm in a backwater town in Italy. The farm was run by a Danish family who had moved to Italy from New Jersey. No one in the family liked the move to Italy besides the father whose idea it was. The four teenage sons missed Slayer, and the wife, Kaya, missed her tennis club. The redneck Italians in this part of Umbria did not particularly like foreigners coming to Italy to make wine and grow olives. The night before we arrived to work the family had discovered their dog dead in a field below the house, poisoned by the neighboring farmer.

The household was on edge. The children fought openly with the parents and Kaya reminisced obsessively, to anyone who would listen, about the high life back in Summit, NJ. It was pretty intense but we had all the wine we could drink and Kaya was an outstanding cook.

The family seemed to like having us around. Maybe just because we listened to their griping. And it wasn’t always
depressing. One night after dinner Lars Erik and Kaya told us the story of how they met. There was a country-dance in their hometown in Denmark. Lars Erik and Kaya arrived with different dates who over the course of the evening paired off with new, presumably less gloomy prospects. This twist of fate left Lars Erik and Kaya sitting by themselves outside the dancehall, rejected and contemplative but who knows, perhaps ready for love. You can imagine the music of young couples dancing and falling in love on a hot summer night drifting outside tempting Lars Erik and Kaya to take a chance. They soon discovered that they had suffered the same fate that evening. Out of such magic stuff is marriage made.
-W. Berlind

lyrics

Hey, you broken hearted stranger
Come over here and sit with me awhile
I’m lonely, could you keep me out of danger?
Your heart is calling to me with a smile

Have you ever had a dream that didn’t come true?
Have you ever had a dream that didn’t come true?
Hey, you broken hearted stranger Come over here and sit with me awhile

I’m a question looking for answer
I’m a one-man band on rainy day parade
I’m a twenty-dollar bill, and you’re my little dancer
Give me a bright blue Genie in a bottle and I got it made

Have you ever had a dream that didn’t come true?
Have you ever had a dream that didn’t come true?

(solo)

Well you look like you could use a little talking
Did somebody do a little walking out on you?
You’re all out of tears, but baby have no fear
I’ve got a couple more tears that you can use

Have you ever had a dream that didn’t come true?
Have you ever had a dream that didn’t come true?
Me too

Hey, you broken hearted stranger
Come over here and sit with me
Come over here and sit with me
Come over here and sit with me awhile

credits

from Yellow Brick Man, released November 11, 2011
Colin McGrath- vocals, guitar, bouzouki, claps
Jason Harrod- harmony vocals, claps
William Berlind- Wurlitzer, organ, tambourine, claps
Ian Riggs- bass
Robert DiPietro- drums
Charlie Burnham- violin

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Colin McGrath Brooklyn, New York

Brooklyn based songwriter Colin McGrath mines the crossroads of American music from the Appalachian Mountains to Tin Pan Alley. A storyteller with a tendency for the theatrical, McGrath inhabits his characters with his rugged, earthy voice and nuanced guitar playing. McGrath won first place in The Wildflower! Songwriting Competition, and The Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival Competition. ... more

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