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Stranger poses questions about personal identity and makes frequent allusions to various philosophical and psychological perspectives. The first verse centers around the legend of the Ship of Theseus. The second focuses on Hume’s bundle theory of personal identity. The third addresses Carl Jung’s theory of the collective unconscious.

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Who am I?
I have found myself
A stranger in a strange place.
How can I
Ever find myself 
again?

Am I this ever-changing body? 
A ship, weathered by the sea,
In need of constant reparation                                      
Holding on to what it is that makes me “me”.  
How long until I am completely new? 
Or has it already happened to me?
When did I become this body?

(Chorus)

Am I a series of impressions?
Each moment, a picture in a frame
Each body, a flickering projection
Each soul only a face, only a name

If this shape is just an empty room,
This sense of self just an illusion,
Then what is this that makes me wonder?

(Chorus)

Am I another incarnation?
Composed of all all that’s come before,
Singing another variation,
On a tune that’s as old as we are.

I am not permanent. 
I am in constant evolution.

(Chorus)

credits

from Stranger: Live at Littlefield Concert Hall, released June 23, 2017
Annie Cilley - music, lyrics, vocals
Travis Hendrix - double bass
Yesenia Checa - vibraphone

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San Francisco Bay Area based composer and songwriter

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