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Estranghero Lyrics


Cup of Joe

 

Estranghero by Cup of Joe: An In-Depth Analysis

Produced by: Shadiel Chan & Abner Badua
Release Date: June 10, 2022
Album: Patutunguhan (Track 5)
Written by: Raphaell Ridao & Gian Bernardino
Vocals: Gian Bernardino & Raphaell Ridao
Publisher: Viva Music Publishing, Inc.
Recording Location: Open Heaven Recording Studio, Baguio City
Genre: Indie Pop

Annotations and Meaning

Estranghero by Cup of Joe delves into the theme of alienation within a romantic relationship. The title, which translates to "Stranger" in English, sets the stage for the emotional turmoil expressed in the song. The lyrics portray the narrators' struggle with the changes in their partner's behavior and the subsequent sense of unfamiliarity. In the first verse, Gian Bernardino sings about the confusion and transformation in the relationship, questioning whether to persist or let go. Raphaell Ridao continues this narrative in the second verse, reminiscing about the sweetness of the past and expressing frustration over the partner's apparent indifference. The chorus, sung by both vocalists, encapsulates the central conflict: the narrator is "litong-lito" (very confused) about where the relationship is headed and unsure whether to continue. They are at a loss for words and actions, feeling like their beloved has become a stranger. In the third verse, Ridao conveys a sense of constant uncertainty, feeling like they can no longer gauge their partner's feelings. The verse ends with a rhetorical question, emphasizing the hopelessness of their situation. The bridge highlights the pain of being physically present with someone yet feeling emotionally distant. The narrators describe a partner who left without explanation, leaving them feeling lonely and unable to recognize the person they once knew. The final chorus brings a slight shift in tone, with a resolve to try and understand the estranged partner once more, despite the confusion and uncertainty. The song's emotional depth is enhanced by its folk and indie pop influences, with a melancholic melody that complements the lyrics' introspective nature. Through its poignant exploration of love and estrangement, Estranghero resonates with anyone who has experienced the painful transformation of a once-familiar relationship into something unrecognizable.

Estranghero Song Lyrics

Estranghero by Cup of Joe


[Verse 1: Gian Bernardino]
'Di na alam kung ba't na ganito
Mga kilos ay nagbago
Pipilitin pa ba o kusang lalayo?
Sa puso mong nanlalabo

[Verse 2: Raphaell Ridao]
Ang dating alam, panaginip na lang
Mga sana'y 'di mabilang
Hinahanap-hanap, tamis ng nakaraan
Ba't tinatalikuran?

[Chorus: Gian Bernardino]
Ako ay litong-lito, saan ba ito patungo?
'Di ko na alam kung dapat bang ihinto
'Di alam ang sasabihin
'Di alam ang aking gagawin
Kung mananatili sa'yo
Minamahal kong estranghero

[Verse 3: Raphaell Ridao]
Lagi na lang akong nangangapa
'Di na kita matimpla
Hanggang dito na lang ba tayong dalawa
Pupunta na lang ba sa wala
[Chorus: Raphaell Ridao]
Ako ay litong-lito, saan ba ito patungo?
'Di ko na alam kung dapat bang ihinto
'Di alam ang sasabihin
'Di alam ang aking gagawin
Kung mananatili sa'yo
Minamahal kong estranghero

[Bridge: Gian Bernardino, Raphaell Ridao]
'Di man lang nagsabi biglang umalis
Kasama ka ngunit ba't nangungulila pa rin
'Di mapinta ang nadarama
Ang anino mo'y 'di na makilala

[Chorus: Gian Bernardino, Raphaell Ridao, Gian Bernardino & Raphaell Ridao]
Kahit na litong-lito sa iyo pa rin tutungo
'Di man sigurado, 'di pa rin hihinto
Isa lang ang sasabihin
Isa lang ang aking gagawin
Muli kitang kikilalanin
Minamahal kong estranghero


ENGLISH TRANSLATION:

[Verse 1: Gian Bernardino]
I don't know why it turned out this way
Your actions have changed
Should I keep trying or just walk away?
From your fading heart

[Verse 2: Raphaell Ridao]
What I once knew is now just a dream
So many wishes left unfulfilled
Longing for the sweetness of the past
Why are you turning away?

[Chorus: Gian Bernardino]
I'm so confused, where is this going?
I don't know if I should stop
Don't know what to say
Don't know what to do
If I should stay with you
My beloved stranger

[Verse 3: Raphaell Ridao]
I'm always fumbling in the dark
I can't read you anymore
Is this where our story ends?
Are we heading towards nothingness?

[Chorus: Raphaell Ridao]
I'm so confused, where is this going?
I don't know if I should stop
Don't know what to say
Don't know what to do
If I should stay with you
My beloved stranger

[Bridge: Gian Bernardino, Raphaell Ridao]
You left without a word
I'm with you but still feeling lonely
Can't describe what I feel
I can't recognize your shadow anymore

[Chorus: Gian Bernardino, Raphaell Ridao, Gian Bernardino & Raphaell Ridao]
Even if I'm so confused, I'll still come to you
Even if uncertain, I won't stop
There's only one thing I'll say
There's only one thing I'll do
I'll get to know you again
My beloved stranger

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