All rockers probably know the song Don't Talk to Strangers by Ronnie James Dio.
If you don't, please check it out, it's a classic rock ballad, and very worth your time.

The song starts with a slow ballad-like guitar score, almost harpsichord-like, or lute-like, sounding medieval, followed by the lyrics in which a set of advises are revealed, which are very preventive in their nature, such as to stay away from any sort of sensitive pleasures: don't write poetry, don't dream of women, don't smell the flowers, et cetera.

Then the guitar changes to the classic hard rock sound, loud and passionate, as the lyrics go:

Hey you, you know me, you've touched me, I'm real
I'm forever the one that lets you look and see and
Feel me
I'm danger - I'm the stranger

And I, I'm darkness, I'm anger, I'm pain
I am master
The evil song you sing inside your brain

This could be seen as a dark entity talking to the listener, tempting him.. Or, in a more sensible light, it is the voice of one's own mind - the one that lets you look and see and feel. As Timothy Leary once said, god is the mind, and you don't need any middle men, like priests or monks, to communicate with it.

The mind, the ego, has always been seen by Judeo-Christian religions as evil, sinful. Also, all the darkness, all the anger and the pain are also given to us by the mind, which makes it a blessing and a curse.

And, finally, the mind is unknown to us at large, it's a mystery, thus "I'm danger - I'm THE stranger", as the mind logically seems to be us... yet we cannot say that we ultimately know our mind, truly know ourselves - the classic philosophical dilemma of "Can we truly know the self?", which at large translates to the question of can we know the world, and is everything in the universe is available for us to learn about.

Thus, the song "Don't Talk to Strangers" is about the conflict of reason and faith, the ego and the conformity, religion and individuality.


Sun, 12/20/2015 - 9:41pm
uplift Says:

Never heard of them but I dig the the lyrics as much as I agree with your analysis of them.

Mon, 12/21/2015 - 12:15pm

Dude yes man I love that song high five man!!

Mon, 12/21/2015 - 7:32pm
JahRoslav Says: