Strange

Written during the 1992 demo sessions for Get a Grip at the A&M Studio in Los Angeles, for the first attempt of the album. It got to the end of the recording process, from a simple demo, to a final mix mastered track.

It starts with Kramer drums with a single guitar scratching the A chord till the rest of the band join in (much in the fashion of Nine Live’s “Something Gotta Give” chorus, which could have been very well inspired by recycling this song). The verses are possibly the best part of the song. They sound dark and mysterious with a heavy guitar arrangement in Dm that sounds reminiscent to the ones in “Fever”. The pre-chorus is played in the key of G, speeding up in preparation to the chorus. A fast passed chorus follows with Tyler screaming vocals on top of the opening riffing chords. The solo is good and long, it could be an Joe/Brad interpolation playing different parts. Towards the end Tyler joins in harmonising, resulting in a memorable melody that leads to the pre-chorus and a final reprise of the chorus to end with a band jam until it fades out.

Lyrics are OK, but get too repetitive in the chorus. They seem to talk about a man trapped in an alternate dimension of a strange and desolated city with cars and mythological creatures. They could have been written in an attempt to make a call back to “Kings and Queens”.

A version of the demo was compiled/reconstructed by fans using different bits and pieces of samples leaked over the years including different studio versions, and a recordings of the demo being played over the phone from an online vendor with a copy of a CD of Aerosmith’s “Unreleased Tracks” selling for $500 who claimed that the CD had been provided by an ex-Geffen executive during 2008 (the CD has been sold already and no other copies were made. It is assumed that Aerosmith management bought it, as it was making a lot of noise in the official AF1 forums).

Strange
(Tyler, Perry, ?)

There’s no sleep in the heart of the city,
There’s no shelter from the midnight rain,
I’m on a mission but my head is down the memory lain, daudaupitapu,

Draw the line on a broken pillar,
Sit up on the angel’s wings,
I’m gonna get it when your heaven gets a little bit,

I can’t go!
Driving my automobile,
Loses control!
But every time I’m outta here,
Birth control!,
But then it’s just as good as his,
I gotta give, i gotta give, i gotta get…

Don’t you wanna get strange?,
Yeah, everybody wanna get strange,
Yeah, people is going insane,
Yeah, who’s trying to stay?
Yeah, do you wanna go strange?
Yeah, but then it’s all a big betray,
Yeah, never ever wanna play?
Yeah, then no one ever wanna pay,
Yeah, cause I just wanna get,

Neck deep and I hear a confession,
Hail Marry, oh you put on your face,
Don’t bring it to the end of my trip, have faith, yeah…

Don’t stare upon the cap of desire,
Stay there from the gates of hell,
I’m the one who stole the coin from the bishop, yeah,

I can’t go!
Driving my automobile,
Loses control!
But every time i meant to be,
Birth control!,
But then its just as good as his,
I gotta give, i gotta give, i gotta get…

In room!
So i can make a mess of things,
Be sure!,
I ain’t got a broken wing,
Don’t stay long!,
I know it feels so good, so,
I gotta give, i gotta give, i gotta get…

Strange, yeah, just wanna get strange?
The whole world is going insane, yeah,
Who’s gonna get strange?, yeah,
Don’t you wanna go strange? yeah,
Lets get out of this train, great!, yeah,
Don’t have anything in place, yeah,
You need people to change?, yeah,
Your boss doesn’t wanna get,

(solo)

I can’t go!
Driving my automobile,
Loses control!
What ever time i meant to be,
10 feet long!,
But then its just as good as his,
I gotta give, i gotta give, i gotta get…

Strange, yeah, just wanna get strange?
The whole world is going insane, yeah,
Who’s gonna get strange?, yeah,
Don’t you wanna go strange? yeah,
Lets get out of this train, great!, yeah,
Don’t have nothing in place, yeah,
You need people to change?, yeah,
Your boss doesn’t wanna get,
Strange, yeah, just wanna get strange?
The whole world is going insane, yeah,
Who’s gonna get strange?, yeah,
Don’t you wanna go strange? yeah,
Lets get out of this train, great!, yeah,
Don’t have nothing in place, yeah,
You need people to change?, yeah,
Your boss doesn’t wanna get… strange, strange, strange…

Guitar Chords:
Intro: A – D
Verses:
D – D – D – C
D – D – D – C – A#
Pre-Chorus:
G
A# – G
Chorus:
D – A
Solo:
G – A – A# – A#
G – A – A# – C
D
E


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