Strangers Like Me

Tarzan

On the way to the beach for the weekend, my brother and I jammed our faces off to the Tarzan soundtrack. One of Phil Collins’ gifts to the world. The song “Strangers Like Me” hit me like a train. I’ve always been a huge fan of this soundtrack, but those lyrics struck me as if I was hearing them for the first time. I was screaming. It was as if everything inside of me was yelling “Yes!”.

In the movie Tarzan, Jane and her father take the task of educating Tarzan on his humanity. All he knows is the jungle. He has been raised by gorillas. The gorillas are his family, but he is different. He is unaware of what or who he is, but deep down he knows he is not merely an animal. Then he encounters Clayton and Jane and her father. People like him. He knows not where they come from, but their similarities to himself intrigue him.

“I see myself as people see me, But I know there’s something bigger out there… Somethings familiar about the strangers like me”.

Tarzan encounters humans and he becomes aware of certain familiarities that he has never come across. He is awakened to his own humanity. Suddenly it all makes sense. Everything he has thought or felt about not fitting in with the gorillas and belonging elsewhere becomes confirmed.

“There are some emotions that I never knew, Some for the world beyond this place”

All throughout Tarzan’s life there existed a visible tension inside of him. As a boy, there is a scene with his gorilla mother where he gets frustrated because he doesn’t belong with the gorilla tribe. Even when he grows up and becomes one of them through adopting their way of life, he is still lacking the sense of belonging. The tension persists. It is as if he is constantly looking up asking, “Is this it?”. The tension is the battle between his desire “for something bigger out there” and living the life of a gorilla. Yet, as he migrates with the gorillas the tension inside of him does not make sense. He can’t articulate it. Its sheerly confusion.

Only through encountering other humans does this tension make sense. The desire “for something greater” becomes realized through coming face to face with true humanity. Suddenly it all makes sense. As if who he was made to be was placed in front of him. 

“Beyond the trees, above the clouds, I see before me a new horizon”.

Tarzan’s humanity becomes fully awakened. A new horizon. A new reason for living. Thus, a new way of living. A human life. The richness we desire.

“Come with me now, To see my world, Where there’s beauty beyond your dreams”

The awakening is itself an invitation. Tarzan now knows himself to be more than a gorilla. His desires for something more implied the existence of that something more. But now he knows. Its out there. And he can access it, because it is for him. He hungers to dive into this new life, to be shown what it means to be human.

Lyrics:

Whatever you do

I’ll do it too

Show me everything

And tell me how

You know me something

And yet nothing to me

I can see there is too much to learn

It’s all so close

And yet so far

I see myself

As people see me

But I just know there’s something bigger out there

 

I want to know, can you show me

I want to know about the strangers like me

Tell me more, please show me

Something’s familiar

About the strangers like me

 

Every gesture

Every move that she makes

Makes me feel like never before

Why do I have this growing need to be beside her

There are some emotions that I never knew

Some for the world far beyond this place

Beyond the trees, above the clouds

I see before me a new horizon

 

I want to know, can you show me?

I want to know about the strangers like me

Tell me more, please show me

Something is familiar

About the strangers like me

 

Come with me now

To see my world

Where there’s beauty beyond your dreams

Can you feel the things I feel right now with you

Take my hand

There’s a world I need to know

I want to know, can you show me?

I want to know about the strangers like me

Tell me more, please show me

Something is familiar

About the strangers like me

I want to know

 

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