Not As A Stranger

Composer Jimmy Van Heusen
Lyricist Buddy Kaye
Year Written 1954
About Not As A Stranger
This song was written for the film Not As A Stranger, released in 1955. It starred Robert Mitchum and Olivia de Havilland; the co-stars included Frank Sinatra, Broderick Crawford and Lee Marvin.


I think of you, my love
Not as a stranger
Although it’s true
My love we’ve only met

Yet I know your smile
And I know your sigh
Know them well from
Dreams I can’t forget

We’ve kissed like this before
You are not a stranger
A thousand times or more
‘Neath stars above

Now the path is clear
For at last you’re here
Not as a stranger dear
But my own true love

Session / Album Information


“Not As A Stranger” was recorded on May 11, 1954 and released that year as a single. It was arranged by Percy Faith.

Not As A Stranger

Listen to Not As A Stranger on Spotify. Tony Bennett · Song · 2011.

This recording released on:

  • 1954: Columbia 78: 40311
  • 1954: Columbia 45: 4-40311
  • 1959: Philips 78: PB 357
  • 2006: Naxos Nostalgia CD: 8120803 — While We’re Young: Original Recordings 1950-1955
  • 2007: roper CD: PROPERBOX 121 — Young Tony
  • 2011: Disc #5 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK5) The Columbia Singles, Volume 3

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