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Ronnie James Dio - Don't Talk To Strangers


Ronnie James Dio - Don't Talk To Strangers - Meaning of the song


This song is about how we try to avoid the things in life that cause us pain, but as a result forgo that which makes life worth living.


The "don't"s vary from the apparently reasonable, "Don't talk to strangers". to the absurd, "Don't smell the flowers". These, however, are presented with equal seriousness in the song to show us how far we already have fell into the trap of Stranger Danger and the like, living in a world where men exist only to molest children and women to break the hearts of men.


The change of perspective in the song only further underlines that. While the narrator does not try to deny that he is "danger" he adds that "I'm forever the one that lets you look and see". The key that opens up the soul, so to speak, as the joys of life go hand in hand with the darker side.



Don't Talk To Strangers - Lyrics


Don't talk to strangers

Hmm hmm hmm hmm hmm hmm hmm hmm hmm

Don't talk to strangers

'Cause they're only there to do you harm


Don't write in starlight

'Cause the words may come out real


Don't hide in doorways

You may find the key that opens up your soul

Don't go to heaven

'Cause it's really only hell


Don't smell the flowers

They're an evil drug to make you lose your mind

Don't dream of women

'Cause they'll only bring you down


Hey, you, you know me

You can touch me I'm real

I'm forever the one that lets you look and see


Can you feel me?

I'm danger, I'm the stranger


And I, I'm darkness

I'm anger, I'm pain

I, I'm the master

The evil song you sing inside your brain

Drive you insane


Don't talk


Don't let them inside your mind yeah


Run away, run away, go


No, no, don't let them in your mind


Protect your soul


Don't dance in darkness

You may stumble and you're sure to fall

Don't write in starlight

'Cause the words may come out real


Don't talk to strangers

'Cause they're only there to make you sad

Don't dream of women

'Cause they'll only bring you down yeah


Run, run, run, run away


Ronnie James Dio - Don't Talk To Strangers - Album track


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