Stranger In Paradise    Robert Wright and George Forrest, Kismet,
Tony Bennett (#2 in 1953), Tony Martin (#10 in 1954)

Take my hand, I’m a stranger in paradise
All lost in a wonderland, a stranger in paradise
If I stand starry-eyed, that’s the danger in paradise
For mortals who stand beside an angel like you
I saw your face and I ascended
Out of the commonplace into the rare
Somewhere in space I hang suspended
Until I know there’s a chance that you care
Won’t you answer this 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

Competing versions charted by The Four Aces (#3), Tony Martin (#10) and Gordon MacRae (#29)
From the musical "Kismet"-based on Borodin’s "Polovtsian Dances"
Words and Music by Robert Wright and George Forrest