Eyes of a Stranger (song)

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"Eyes of a Stranger"
Single by Queensrÿche
from the album Operation: Mindcrime
Released 1988
Format CD, Vinyl
Recorded 1987–1988
Kajem/Victory Studios,
Gladwyne, Pennsylvania, USA
Genre Progressive metal, heavy metal
Length 6:38
Label EMI
Writer(s) Chris DeGarmo
Geoff Tate
Producer(s) Peter Collins
Queensrÿche singles chronology
"Breaking the Silence"
"Eyes of a Stranger"
"Revolution Calling"
Music sample
Operation: Mindcrime track listing
"My Empty Room"
(Track 14)
"Eyes of a Stranger"
(Track 15)
For the Payolas (Vancouver, Canada '80s rock band) song of the same name, see No Stranger to Danger (Payola$).

"Eyes of a Stranger" is a song by progressive metal band Queensrÿche appearing on their 1988 album Operation: Mindcrime. It is the last song on Operation Mindcrime, summarizing the story in the album. It has also been featured on two of their compilations, Greatest Hits and Sign of the Times: The Best of Queensrÿche.

Known as a fan favorite, the group has played the song many times live, a full 646 times as of June 2013 (making it the third most played tune in the groups' setlist history).[1] It was recorded in the key of E minor, with a short interlude in F# minor near the beginning.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1988) Peak
UK Singles Chart[2] 59
US Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks[3] 35


  1. ^ "Queensrÿche Tour statistics - songs played total". setlist.fm. Retrieved June 3, 2013. 
  2. ^ [1], an archive containing all UK charts for Queensrÿche
  3. ^ [2] single charts for Queensrÿche[dead link]