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I've passed my Life as a Stranger (excerpt)

Ananda Music, Episode 8
Swami Kriyananda
January 1, 1980

Sung by Swami Kriyananda, in a concert in Germany approx. 1980.

Lyrics:

  1. I’ve passed my life as a stranger, Lord.
    Roamed far in foreign lands:
    Far, Lord, far too far!
    Only he who knows he’s far from home,
    Only he, Lord, understands.
    Only he who knows he’s far from home
    Feels the earth and understands.2. Sometimes a stranger did take me in,
    Then love I thought was near –
    Love, Lord, where is love?
    As the winds upon the desert sand
    Whisper hope, then disappear:
    As soft winds breathe on the desert sand,
    So love sighs, then disappears.

    3. Sometimes a child laughed, and I did pause,
    And dreamed of joys at home –
    Joys, Lord, only a dream!
    For what joy is there without your smile?
    Empty, like the ocean foam.
    For what joy is there without Your smile?
    You’re the sea; all else is foam.

    4. How long must I be a wanderer, Lord?
    You know where I belong;
    You know, Lord, yes, You know.
    Home is where my Lord’s sweet presence is;
    I’ve grown tired of strangers’ songs.
    Home is where my Lord’s sweet presence is;
    Bless me that I hear Your songs.

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