From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Single by Electric Light Orchestra
from the album Secret Messages
B-side"Train of Gold"
ReleasedNovember 1983 (US)
Recorded1983 Wisseloord Studios, Hilversum, the Netherlands
Genre Rock
Length4:27 (album)
4:18 (USA single edit)
4:30 (double album version)
Label Jet
Songwriter(s) Jeff Lynne
Producer(s)Jeff Lynne
Electric Light Orchestra singles chronology
" Four Little Diamonds"
" Calling America"
Secret Messages track listing
10 tracks
Side one
  1. " Secret Messages"
  2. "Loser Gone Wild"
  3. "Bluebird"
  4. "Take Me On and On"
Side two
  1. " Four Little Diamonds"
  2. " Stranger"
  3. "Danger Ahead"
  4. "Letter from Spain"
  5. "Train of Gold"
  6. " Rock 'n' Roll Is King"

"Stranger" is a song written by Jeff Lynne and performed by the Electric Light Orchestra (ELO).

This song first appeared on the band's 11th studio album, Secret Messages. Stranger also was the third single from the LP.

The small quiet opening is one of the many messages that takes place in this album. A high pitched backmasked voice is heard during the opening, played in reverse the voice is actually saying "You're playing me backwards." [1]

Cash Box called the song "a lovely McCartneyesque vocal and ballad about...a small town boy anxiously facing the rest of the world, finding his first girl, and resolving never to return." [2]

"Recorded this in Holland, where I was looking through the eyes of a stranger." Jeff Lynne (2001 – Secret Messages Remaster)

Chart positions

Chart (1983) Peak
Polish Singles Chart [3] 15
US Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles 105
US Billboard Adult Contemporary [4] 33


  1. ^ "Jeff Lynne Song Database - Exposing the Secrets!".
  2. ^ "Reviews" (PDF). Cash Box. November 5, 1983. p. 7. Retrieved 2022-07-20.
  3. ^ Hawtin, Steve. "Song artist 171 – Electric Light Orchestra". Retrieved 2 May 2013.
  4. ^ "Electric Light Orchestra – Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 5 March 2013.