Stranger In Paradise

Words & Music by Robert Wright & George Forrest*
Recorded by Tony Bennett, 1953
From the Broadway musical "Kismet"

Dm7          G9                    CM7          CM7/6
Take my hand,    I'm a stranger in paradise,

Dm7          G9           Fm               CM7             CM7/6
All lost in a wonderland,    a stranger in paradise.

            Dm7        G9                       CM7     CM7/6
If I stand starry-eyed,     that's a danger in paradise

     Am6         Dm7         Fm    G9         C  
For mortals who stand beside   an angel like you.


           G#7            C#
I saw your face, and I ascended

            Bm6       C7          Fm
Out of the commonplace   into the rare.

              E7             A
Somewhere in space I hang suspended

         Dm7            G9        CM7
Until I know there's a chance you care.

          Edim        Dm7          G9                  CM7       CM7/6
Won't you answer the fervent prayer   of a stranger in paradise?

                  Dm7         G9                 CM7          CM7/6
Don't send me in dark despair    from all that I hunger for,

               D7       G9                      Em7          Edim
But open your angel arms    to this stranger in paradise

                 Dm7         Fm    G9          C   
And tell him that he need be    a stranger no more.

Although the words and music are credited to Robert Wright and George Forrest, the song is based on a theme by Alexander Borodin in "Prince Igor."

The lyric and guitar chord transcriptions on this site are the work of The Guitarguy and are intended for private study, research, or educational purposes only. Individual transcriptions are inspired by and and based upon the recorded versions cited, but are not necessarily exact replications of those recorded versions.