Strange
Celeste Lyrics


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I tried for you
Tried to see through all the smoke and dirt
It wouldn't move
What could I do?

I touch your head
To pull your thoughts into my hand
But now I can't

Say, isn't it strange?
Isn't it strange
I am still me
You are still you
In the same place?
Isn't it strange
How people can change
From strangers to friends
Friends into lovers
And strangers again?

Back to this room
Back to our roots
What did we lose?
What did we lose?

If I could
I'd pull your strings for one more dance
But I can't

Say, isn't it strange?
Isn't it strange
You look at me
I look at you
With nothing to say?
Isn't it strange
How people can change
From strangers to friends
Friends into lovers
And strangers again?

Then the silence steals over to my bedside
And it whispers who I am
That violent disclosure turns my insides
Stops me when I try to stand

Isn't it strange
How people can change
From strangers to friends




Friends into lovers
And strangers again?

Overall Meaning

In “Strange,” Celeste addresses the difficulty of change in relationships. She depicts the situation where she tried her best to understand her partner’s situation, but the smoke and dirt prevented her from doing so. She tries to reach her partner by holding out her hand but finds she can’t get through. They stand in silence and stare at each other, realizing how much everything has changed in their relationship.


In the following verses, Celeste reflects on the evolution of their relationship, with the realization that it's strange how people can change from friends to lovers and from strangers to friends. There's a certain feeling of loss that she can't put into words. They return to where it all started, and she wonders what they lost along the way. The chorus reiterates the strange changes in people's relationships, but it also emphasizes that even though people can change their relationship status, they cannot change who they are at the core.


The bridge then talks about how Celeste must confront her true personality as she can hear the silence whispering to her bedside. It’s a moment of self-realization, and she can’t help but acknowledge the trouble that comes with trying to change relationships. The song ends with Celeste giving voice to her deepest feelings, and she wonders whether it’s bizarre how people can change their relationships.


Line by Line Meaning

I tried for you
I made an effort for you


I tried to see through all the smoke and dirt
Despite the distractions, I tried to understand


It wouldn't move
It was immovable


What could I do?
I was powerless


I touch your hand
I reached out to you


To pull your thoughts into my hand
Hoping to understand your perspective


But now I can't
But that attempt failed


Say, isn't it strange?
Isn't it unusual?


I am still me
I remain myself


You are still you
You remain yourself


In the same place
Stuck in the same situation


Isn't it strange?
Isn't it unusual?


How people can change
People can transform


From strangers to friends
From unfamiliar to companions


Friends into lovers
From companions to romantic partners


And strangers again
Back to being unfamiliar


Back to this room
Back to where we began


Back to our roots
Back to our origins


What did we lose?
What did we let go off?


If I could
If it were possible


I'd pull your strings for one more dance
I'd work to get close to you again


But I can't
But it's not possible anymore


You look at me
We make eye contact


I look at you
We look at each other


With nothing to say
In silence


Then the silence steals over to my bedside
Then the encompassing quietude approaches my sleeping area


And it whispers who I am
And it speaks softly who I truly am


That violent disclosure turns my insides
That abrupt revelation causes me internal unrest


Stops me when I try to stand
Halts me when I try to stand up


Isn't it strange?
Isn't it unusual?


How people can change
People can transform


From strangers to friends
From unfamiliar to companions


Friends into lovers
From companions to romantic partners


And strangers again
Back to being unfamiliar




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Reservoir Media Management, Inc., Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Celeste Waite, Jamie Hartman, Stephen Wrabel

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@francescagallitelli2193

I tried for you
Tried to see through all the smoke and dirt
It wouldn't move
What could I do?
I touch your head to pull your thoughts into my hand
But now I can't
Say isn't it strange?
Isn't it strange?
I am still me
You are still you
In the same place
Isn't it strange?
How people can change
From strangers to friends
Friends into lovers
And strangers again
Back to this room
Back to our roots
What did we lose?
What did we lose?
If I could, I'd pull your strings for one more dance
But I can't
Say isn't it strange?
Isn't it strange?
You look at me
I look at you
With nothing to say
Isn't it strange?
How people can change
From strangers to friends
Friends into lovers
And strangers again
Then the silence steals over to my bedside
And it whispers who I am
That violent disclosure turns my insides
Stops me when I try to stand
Isn't it strange?
How people can change
From strangers to friends
Friends into lovers
And strangers again



All comments from YouTube:

@Eviee03

“Strangers to Friends , Friends into Lovers , and Strangers again” that part hit the spot 😕.

@flashkill5536

That shit hit my soul that’s why I’m here

@arush1179

Kinda sounds like Sarah and Jon b from outer banks

@Xavier-wu3bf

@@flashkill5536 that line hurts so much bc I've been through it

@lifewithjina_

Same :(

@lifewithjina_

@@arush1179 omg yes.

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@panwithnocake5809

Her voice can literally hurt your feeling's for no reason

@lyshaguerrero3907

Strangers+je le laisserai des mots maship

@zanzaboonda

Right? It's making me feel heartbroken, and I can't even really relate.

@panwithnocake5809

@@zanzaboonda this is how I'm feeling rn

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