Chris Gaylord a-t-il enregistré d’autres chansons que son Don’t Talk To Strangers, publié par Broadside ? Si c’est le cas, il est difficile d’en trouver trace. Il s’agit pourtant, tant dans son écriture et sa composition que dans son interprétation d’une belle chanson, bien dans le style de la folk revival, même si elle est par son thème assez différente de ce que produisait le plus habituellement Broadside. Il y a bien une inspiration progressiste, mais sans être directement politique, et comme chanson d’amour, elle est assez particulière. C’est la dénonciation violente d’un homme qui se comporte mal avec une femme qui l’aime et qu’il n’aime pas, à qui il regrette d’avoir fait un enfant, et à qui il répète les propos tenus dans le refrain : « Ne parle pas aux étrangers et ne souris même pas. Parce que c’est de ta faute si nous avons cet enfant toujours malade. Et tu sais que je ne t’aime pas et que je ne t’ai jamais aimée, et si on est coincé là à vivre avec un gosse qui ne sait que tousser dans sa chambre. Ma mère avait bien raison quand elle parlait de toi. » Ils font désormais chambre à part, et c’est lui qui ne sourit plus. Celui qui énonce ces reproche, lui, aime cette femme, et voudrait qu’elle accepte de divorcer – ce qu’elle refuse comme en son temps elle avait refusé d’avorter. Et il finit par lui dire : « Elle ne parle pas aux étrangers et elle ne sourit jamais. Et ce n’est pas de sa faute si vous avez fait cet enfant. Elle t’aimait vraiment, je le sais. Et elle aimait vivre là et s’occuper du gosse et de sa toux. Si tu avais épousé ta mère, tu t’en porterais mieux. »


DON’T TALK TO STRANGERS

The wife you did take it was all a mistake
And you’re married and Jesus it’s Hell
You thought she was smarter so you loved her hard
And then you said « but how could I tell? »
You did not love her but many times over
You used her and pushed her aside
And when she came to you
You screamed what can I do I do not want you for a bride. »

Chorus:
You told her don’t talk to strangers
And don’t even smile
Cause its all your damn fault that we’ve got this sick child
And you know I don’t love you and I never did
And we’re stuck living here with a kid that just coughs in his room
My mother was right what she said about you.

And then as she cried in your nonchalant stride
You just laughed and told her to grow up.
It was not important she’d have an abortion
Was $500 enough?
But somehow the family that you hadn’t thought of
Did not feel like ending a life
The wedding was planned and you wept like a man
As she grew up and became your wife

(Chorus)

You used her some more and then finally she bore
An awakening moment of truth.
Reality kills and these mountains of bills
Do you have a gun I could use.
The wife you had taken now thin and misshapen
Was ugly from having your child.
The ugliness spread
And at last separate beds
She was lucky if you’d even smile.

(Chorus)

The worn out excuse for your constant abuse
Was the one thing you had on your side
Your wife had been made and so many times laid
And a recommendation was tried.
Your best friend of all told you she’s a good ball
And the thing that had made it much worse
The son that you had that would soon call you dad
Well you really weren’t sure it was yours.

(Chrous)

The times you had tried you could not satisfy
And your efforts you knew were in vain
The fact that before she’d had many good scores
Was a pounding down hard on your brain.
And so finally of course you asked for a divorce
But you could not get her to say yes
So you stormed out the door in your search for a whore
Who could make you forget the whole mess

(Chorus)

So she came to me and said help me oh please
I think that you know why I’m here.
And so it was done and while you had your fun
I made love through an ocean of tears.
Yeah she was with me but it ain’t hard to see
When a woman is thinking of love.
I saw in her face during every embrace
It was you that she was thinking of.

(Chorus)

Now I’ve been a thinking for hours and hours
My reason for wonderin in vain.
The one thing I want in this whole big old world
Is the girl that your’e driving insane
Well you want your freedom and I want her lovin
But I know it never can be.
The thing that you tell me has ruined your life
Well god knows I wish it’d happened to me!

Yeah and she don’t talk to strangers
She never did smile
And it wasn’t her fault that you both had that child
She really did love you I know that she did
And she loved livin there taking care of that kid and his cough.
If you’d have married your mother you’d have been better off.