Gordon Lightfoot - Sit Down Young Stranger Lyrics




I'm standin' in the doorway
My head bowed in my hands
Not knowin' where to sit
Not knowin' where to stand
My father looms above me
For him there is no rest
My mother's arms enfold me
And hold me to her breast
They say you been out wandrin'
They say you travelled far
Sit down young stranger
And tell us who you are

The room has all gone misty,
My thoughts are all in spin
Sit down young stranger
And tell us where you been

I've been up to the mountain
I've walked down by the sea
I never questioned no one
And no one questioned me
My love was given freely
And oftimes was returned
I never came to borrow
I only came to learn

Sometimes it would get lonely
But it taught me how to cry
And laughter came too easy
For life to pass me by
I never had a dollar
That I didn't earn with pride
Cause I had a million daydreams
To keep me satisfied

And will you gather daydreams
Or will you gather wealth
How can you find your fortune
When you cannot find yourself
My mother's eyes grow misty
There's a tremblin' in her hand
Sit down young stranger
I do not understand

Now will you try to tell us
You been too long at school
That knowledge is not needed
That power does not rule
That war is not the answer
That young men should not die
Sit down young stranger
I wait for your reply

The answer is not easy
For souls are not reborn
To wear the crown of peace
You must wear the crown of thorns
If jesus had a reason
I'm sure he would not tell
We treated him so badly
How could he wish us well

The parlor now is empty
There's nothin' left to say
My father has departed
My mother's gone to pray
There's rockets in the meadows
And ships out on the sea
The answer's in the forest
Carved upon a tree

John loves mary
Does anyone love me





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  1. Raymond Komorowski

    In 69/70, living across the lower Niagara river from Canada, there were to Canadian singer, songwriters that influenced me...Gordon Lightfoot and Joni Mitchel.
    This song reached me at 17 (?) and as I soon left and traveled to Colorado, I lived this song as I returned home...
    life is full of clever twists! Many great songs on this album.

  2. WHOSE TRUth

    Of all Lightfoot's life lessons, I think this is my favorite.

  3. R Needham

    I've loved this song for over thirty years And will love it another 30 if i live that long!!

  4. Trey Green

    How can you find your fortune, if you can not find yourself? Love the tone of this song.

  5. tropicwave1

    Song: Sit Down Young Stranger
    Artist: Gordon Lightfoot
    Album: Sit Down Young Stranger

    I'm standin' in the doorway
    My head bowed in my hands
    Not knowin' where to sit
    Not knowin' where I stand
    My father looms above me
    For him there is no rest
    My mother's arms enfold me
    And hold me to her breast
    They say you been out wanderin'
    They say you travelled far
    Sit down, young stranger
    And tell us who you are

    The room has all gone misty
    My thoughts are all in spin
    Sit down, young stranger
    And tell us where you've been

    I've been up to the mountain
    I've walked down by the sea (c)
    I never questioned no one
    And no one questioned me
    My love was given freely
    And oftimes was returned
    I never came to borrow
    I only came to learn

    Sometimes it did get lonely
    But it taught me how to cry
    And laughter came too easy
    For life to pass me by
    I never had a dollar
    That I didn't earn with pride
    'Coz I had a million daydreams
    To keep me satisfied

    And will you gather daydreams
    Or will you gather wealth?
    How can you find your fortune
    When you cannot find yourself?
    My mother's eyes grow misty
    There's a tremblin' in her hand
    Sit down, young stranger
    I do not understand

    And will you try an tell us
    You've been too long at school
    That knowledge is not needed
    That power does not rule
    That war is not the answer
    That young men should not die
    Sit down, young stranger
    I wait for your reply

    The answer is not easy
    For souls are not reborn
    To wear the crown of peace
    You must wear the crown of thorns
    If Jesus had a reason
    I'm sure he would not tell
    They treated him so badly
    How could he wish us well

    The parlor now is empty
    There's nothin' left to say
    My father has departed
    My mother's gone to pray
    There's rockets in the meadows
    And ships out on the sea
    The answer's in the forest
    Carved upon a tree:

    "John" loves "Mary".
    Does anyone love me?

    Written by: Gordon Meredith Lightfoot, Jr.
    Label: Reprise Records
    Released Date: 1970

  6. William Head

    Great lyrics.  Good song to play on the acoustic guitar.

  7. Dhughill

    And will you try and tell us you've been too long at school.
    That knowlege is not needed, that power does not rule?

  8. Jeanne Sumstine

    .👌 sit down young st rangdr