I’ll be taking flowers to the cemetery of my heart
For all of my lovers in the present and in the dark
Every anniversary, I’ll pay respects and say I’m sorry
For they never stood a chance as if they could
When no one knows what it’s like to be us
I’ve never seen the sky this colour before
It’s like I’m noticin’ everythin’ a little bit more
Now that all the dust has settled
I rebut all my rebuttals
No one knows what it’s likе to be us
Strangers by nature
Strangеrs by nature
Will I ever get there?
Oh, I hope that someday I’ll learn
To nurture what I’ve done
Alright then, I’m ready“Strangers By Nature” is a homage to Judy Garland and opens with Adele taking flowers to the cemetery of her own heart and wondering if she’ll ever learn “to nurture what I’ve done.” She co-wrote the song with Ludwig Göransson, an Oscar-winning Swedish composer who worked on Black Panther and with Childish Gambino.They worked on “Strangers” after she had watched the Renée Zellweger-led Garland biopic, “Judy”, and wondered why no one wrote songs like that anymore. She calls the track her “Death Becomes Her” moment, alluding to the camp classic starring Meryl Streep and Goldie Hawn as two vengeful, youth-obsessed frenemies. Through “Strangers,” Adele acknowledges being a bit of a “hot mess.”In her interview with Brittany Spanos for the RollingStone magazine in November 2021, Adele revealed that the album’s tracklist is almost a chronological chain of events. The song is short and whimsical, is so unlike anything she’s done before that she almost thought about giving it to someone else to sing or sample.