Stranger In Paradise

Songwriters: Robert Wright, George Forrest
Performers: Richard Kiley/Doretta Morrow, Vic Damone/Ann Blyth, Tony Bennett
Category: Golden Oldie, Classical

This song comes from the 1953 musical Kismet, where it was sung as a duet by Richard Kiley & Doretta Morrow. The musical was later released as a film in 1955, with Vic Damone & Ann Blyth performing the song.

Tony Bennett's version is perhaps the most well-known one, particularly in the UK. It has also been covered by various other vocalists & instrumentalists, including George Shearing, Isaac Hayes, The Supremes, and Sarah Brightman, among others. Tony Bennett himself revisited the song in 2011 when he recorded a duet version with Andrea Bocelli for his Duets II album.

The song was originally an instrumental composition by Russian composer Alexander Borodin as part of his Polovtsian Dances.

Sheet music (piano/vocal, can be piano solo)


Take my hand
I'm a stranger in paradise
All lost in a wonderland
A stranger in paradise
If I stand starry-eyed
There's a danger in paradise
For mortals who stand beside an angel like you

I saw your face ascending
Out of the commonplace and into the rare
As somewhere out in space I hang suspended
Until I'm certain that there's a chance that you care

Won't you answer the fervent prayer
Of a stranger in paradise
Don't send me in dark despair
From all that I hunger for
But open your angel's arms
To this stranger in paradise
And tell him that he need be
A stranger no more

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