The Stranger

The legendary Stana has written more than once about the impact the song “In My Room” by the Beach Boys had on her.

Although not specifically about crossdressing, she listened to the lyrics and related to the song in her own way.

There’s a world where I can go
and tell my secrets to
In my room
In my room

In this world I lock out
all my worries and my fears
In my room
In my room

Do my dreaming and my scheming lie awake and pray
Do my crying and my sighing laugh at yesterday

Now it’s dark and I’m alone
but I won’t be afraid
In my room
In my room

I think a lot of us have done something similar. Whenever I hear the Billy Joel song, ‘The Stranger’ I think of the early days of my own gender journey.

Well we all have a face
That we hide away forever
And we take them out
And show ourselves
When everyone has gone
Some are satin some are steel
Some are silk and some are leather
They’re the faces of the stranger
But we love to try them on

Is there a song that isn’t about, you know, all of THIS that speaks to you on a different level that what the songwriter likely intended?

Love, Hannah

6 thoughts on “The Stranger

  1. For me it was “Man I feel like a woman” by Shania Twain. And you will give into your desire when the stranger comes along, the last verse from Billy Joel the stranger.


  2. I’m an 80’s New Wave Gal and for me it’s been “Secret” by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark … aka “OMD.” I became further attached to it when I finally shared my “Secret” with my girlfriend at the time.


  3. There’s a fairly recent song by Kurt Vile called “Pretty Pimpin’” and it talks about looking in the mirror and wondering who that was then saying “oh silly me that’s just me” that resonates very much. It speaks of a person that is one thing on the weekdays then becomes someone else every weekend. A familiar dilemma for many.


  4. Sheryl Crow’s “If it makes you happy” resonates with my feelings around THIS. Sheryl states “ it can’t be that bad”. Yes, exactly. They’re just clothes! Is it so awful that THIS speaks to me? That it makes me feel like the best version of myself?
    Further, “ if it makes you happy, then why the hell are you so sad?” I’ll tell you why— because we as a society have agreed the THIS is for genetic females ONLY. Genetic males should thank their lucky stars that not are they not expected to wear these expensive, inconvenient, impractical clothes. Why would a man choose to wear them? Because they are how I choose to express my true self!


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