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I Am a Stranger

from Balance by Benjamin Russell

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This is a song of hope. I want to bring us together, to be open and inclusive, to get over the strident divisiveness of the past four years.

If I could have a wish for this album, it would be to have people learn this song and sing it when they come together in a group for the first time. If the whole world could sing it and mean it, it would be my dream. Elyce says, "It's like an anthem."

BTW, that's Elyce in the tag saying, "I was a stranger".


I Am a Stranger - song by Elyce & Benjamin Russell (socan)

I am a stranger - I want to be your friend
I’m turning toward you, my heart wide open
And you could make me happy so easily
Just take my hand, my heart and me

I am a stranger but I am human too
And all of my difference will strengthen you
I’m asking you to join me, then we will see
A whole new world would be, could be

Bring down the wall of hurt and fear and pain
It’s personal, this invitation
To hope again

Bring down the wall of prejudice and shame
Listen to the call to rise
In hope again

I was a stranger, but not for long
We’re making a good start
Just singing this song

I was a stranger but I’m not any more
We’ve taken the first step
We’ve opened a door


from Balance, released February 26, 2021


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Benjamin Russell Montreal, Québec

Benjamin Russell is a multi-genre singer-songwriter, painter, graphic artist, videographer, writer living in Montreal, Quebec.

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