Eyes of a Stranger (song)

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"Eyes of a Stranger"
Queensryche - Eyes of a Stranger cover.jpg
Single by Queensrÿche
from the album Operation: Mindcrime
Released 1988
Format CD, Vinyl
Recorded 1987–1988
Kajem/Victory Studios,
Gladwyne, Pennsylvania, USA
Length 6:38
Label EMI
Songwriter(s) Chris DeGarmo
Geoff Tate
Producer(s) Peter Collins
Queensrÿche singles chronology
"Breaking the Silence"
"Eyes of a Stranger"
"Revolution Calling"
"Breaking the Silence"
"Eyes of a Stranger"
"Revolution Calling"
Audio sample
Operation: Mindcrime track listing
"My Empty Room"
(Track 14)
"Eyes of a Stranger"
(Track 15)

"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 often live, doing so over a thousand times as of April 2016, and the track is the band's number one most played song in its setlist history.[1] It was recorded in the key of E minor, with a short interlude in F# minor near the beginning.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Eyes of a Stranger" (radio edit) 5:15
2. "Take Hold of the Flame" 4:58
3. "Queen of the Reich" 4:22
4. "Prophecy" 3:59


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



  1. ^ "Queensrÿche Tour statistics - songs played total". setlist.fm. Retrieved April 25, 2016.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  2. ^ "Queensrÿche – Chart history" Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs for Queensrÿche. Retrieved February 5, 2016.
  3. ^ "Queensryche: Artist Chart History" Official Charts Company. Retrieved February 5, 2016.