Deep Purple: Perfect Strangers Meaning
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Song Released: 1985
Perfect Strangers Lyrics
As I flow through your life
A thousand oceans I have flown
And cold spirits of ice
All my life
I am the echo of your past
I am returning the echo of a point in time
Distant faces shine
anonymous Dec 3rd, 2012 12:46am report
The interpretations that others have posted about this song are exactly right. It is about "past-life" experiences and feeling that one is connecting somehow with that.
One of the more notable lines is the line "a strand of silver hanging through the sky...touching more than you see."
This is describing what is know as the "silver-cord" in astral projection, which some believe allows us to "enter into"...or "be part of"...something outside of our own bodies and selves. The "touching more than you see" line after that, is a way of relating that what is not "seen" doesn't always "not" exist.
This song shows someone who has finally realized, through one way or another, that there is more to this life and more to reincarnation and the spirit world than they sometimes want to accept, but they cant deny the evidence that plagues them to rethink their belief. (your head is aching....with the dead of the night...)But in the end, its okay because the spirit, or old self, is telling us, "Your tears are lost in falling rain".
A sort of "cleansing" and calming.
Ian Gillan has explained that this song is about reincarnation. If you believe in reincarnation (I don't), you may have lived hundreds or thousands of lives before... but each of the persons you were in a previous life is a stranger to you.
At most, from time to time, you may have a strange, vague sensation of having experienced something long ago, in a previous life. You may have a fleeting image or memory of one of the persons you once were, but you can never really know that person.
anonymous Jan 21st, 2012 1:22pm report
the song is about someone talking to its past and future, the events and going over the limits of time and space had changed him so much that the person had become a perfect stranger with himself.
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